Tag Archives: technology

An Indian computer science student talks about his research and life in New Zealand

22 Jan

Renoh Johnson Chalakkal is a doctoral student from India, doing his PhD in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He moved from India to New Zealand in 2015. His PhD research project is on retinal image processing. He says, “Basically we are trying to develop an automatic system […]

Word Nerd: Top 10 words and phrases of 2017

18 Dec

It’s been quite a year for words, hasn’t it? Here are our top 10 words and phrases of the year. Let us know what’s missing from the list! 10. Fidget spinner This was the year when this toy became a global industry. Contrary to some manufacturers’ claims, there is no scientific evidence that fidget spinners […]

Word Nerd: Why is spam called spam?

17 Jul

At every stage of civilization, human beings have battled different scourges ranging from the plague to dandruff. One of the scourges of our digital age is spam. The word generally refers to intrusive advertising on the internet. If you have email and a mobile phone, you have probably received such messages from strangers urging you […]

In which comedian Jimmy Fallon is discombobulated by robots

28 Apr

Watch artificial intelligence – the cutting edge of engineering – live up to its creepy image, as comedian and ‘The Tonight Show’ host Jimmy Fallon apprehensively lets a snakebot climb his leg, has a super-awkward conversation with the placid android Sophia, and gets all butterfingered with an expensive butterfly bot. The snakebot, developed at Carnegie […]

Word Nerd: 5 made-up words that are now part of the English language

3 Oct

If I were to ask you to say some made-up English words, what would be the first one you’d think of? The first that came to my mind was ‘Google’. But it’s more adapted than made-up. Google’s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin took an existing word, googol, and changed the spelling. Today, when we […]

Skills Training: Care-giving for Ageing Populations

12 May

Mr. Kotaro Tamura, Adjunct Professor, Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and Chairman, Strategic Initiative of Japan spoke at Salwan Media’s One Globe 2014 conference held at The Imperial hotel in New Delhi, February 2014. “I want to touch upon two things – one, technology is killing jobs, the other […]