Author Archives: Loknath Das

Science and Technology 2019: Inventions and Discoveries

  “Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.” –  Oscar Wilde “The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.” – Edward Teller Discoveries and Inventions in Science and Technology play an important role in the preparation of various competitive examinations including UPSC, PSC, SSC, etc.   List of Inventions and Discoveries in Science ... Read More »

Best of 2019: TikTok turned social media upside down

Short video sharing platform, TikTok, endured a topsy turvy 2019. From scaling great highs towards the end of 2018, the app ran into a number of controversies right at the beginning of the next year. Over the course of 2019, TikTok managed to eventually overcome the controversies and get back to being one of the most popular applications on both ... Read More »

Xpeng In-House Autonomous Vehicle Technology Keeps Prices Down

I recently met with Dr. Xinzhou Wu, Vice President of Autonomous Driving at Xpeng Motors, to learn more about the company’s autonomous vehicle (AV) bottom-up approach, part of its long-term strategic plan. Dr. Wu is in charge of overall strategy and technical planning of the business and team management for Xpeng’s global autonomous driving R&D center in Silicon Valley, California.   ... Read More »

The results of Liberia’s experiment to outsource education are in

In 2016, reeling from a devastating Ebola outbreak and still dealing with the legacy of civil war, the Liberian government announced a dramatic experiment to improve its education system. The Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL), now called the Liberian Education Advancement Partnership (LEAP), handed the operation of 93 public schools to a group of eight private organizations, including a mix ... Read More »

Keysight Technologies Develops Technology for 5G and IOT

Keysight Technologies has contributed 5G and IoT device research to the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) that it believes will help accelerate adoption of the recently released USB4 specification. The research covered a wide range of products, including smartphones, laptops, desktop computers, tablets, and digital cameras, that could rely on the next-generation high-speed digital standard.  Keysight is also offering a portfolio of high-speed digital instrumentation ... Read More »

My adventures with social media

It is official now, though it has been obvious for many years — I am now a social outcast, having lost or closed my last social media account. For many a decade, I was behind in the fast-moving world of technology-enabled interactions between people. Starting from the days of rotary phones (now found only in museums), I was barely able ... Read More »

China bans all government departments from using US-made technology

It was only a matter of time before China started offering trade bans to US companies in return for the ban on Huawei’s gear. The Financial Times is reporting that Beijing has ordered all government institutions and public bodies to get rid of their foreign (i.e. western) computer gear. According to the report, China will spend between now and 2022 transitioning off American hardware and ... Read More »

The Role Of Technology In Recruitment

The advent of technology and the world wide web in the new millennia has opened up myriad job opportunities. New skills have been added to job descriptions. Today, technology and social media are playing an ever crucial role to facilitate the process. Over time, the role of technology has evolved from supporting backend processes such as data management to front-ending ... Read More »

Why India’s fintech community needs to use technology to bridge the skills gap

Startup India has not quite been the success story that we had all hoped it would be. Many entrants in the first boom of entrepreneurship that started five years ago have fallen by the wayside either because of inadequate capital availability or poorly researched opportunity analysis. However, the second wave of startups has shown reasonable traction and there is reason to ... Read More »

Hawaii Board of Education Votes To Approve Extra Pay For Hard-To-Find Teachers

The size of the crowd, spilling out into the hallway outside the fourth-floor meeting room at the Hawaii Department of Education building, was a telling indicator Thursday of the overwhelming support for teacher salary differentials proposed by education officials. The Board of Education voted 7-2 for a plan to provide higher pay for special education teachers, Hawaiian language teachers and those who ... Read More »