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We are at the dawn of a new era in Information Technologies, driven by the recent breakthroughs in Machine Intelligence, and supported by impressive advances in Computing and Communications. This talk will outline the history of Information Technology and its likely evolution in the near future. And, more importantly, discuss the potential societal impact of these technologies. The talk will then survey India’s record in developing Information Technologies and the opportunities for the country to become a significant innovator in this vital domain.
Chair: N N Vohra, President, India International Centre
Opening Remarks by:
Ambassador Shyam Saran, Life Trustee, India International Centre
Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog
Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research
Keynote Speaker: Arogyaswami Paulraj, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, USA
The talk will be livestreamed on the IIC website; streamed through Facebook-live on the Metamorphoses Facebook page; and video recordings will be available on YouTube, as well as disseminated through social media channels hosted on the Metamorphoses website. The promotional video for Metamorphoses can be accessed here.
Questions will be taken on a special number through SMS, provided at the venue, and selected ones will be answered given time constraints.
Arogyaswami Paulraj is an Emeritus Professor at Stanford University. He is the inventor and a pioneer of MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) wireless technology, the key to all modern wireless networks. He has authored over 400 research publications, several text books and a co-inventor in 80 US patents. He founded three technology companies in the US which were later acquired by Intel, Broadcom and Hewlett Packard Enterprises. His major recognitions include the Friendship Award from the Government of PR China, US Government National Inventors Hall of Fame, the Marconi Prize and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell medal. He is a fellow of several National Academies in Eng. and Sciences in the US, China and Sweden. Paulraj served in Indian Navy for 25 years where he developed ASW Sonar Technology and later founded three Labs - CDAC (DEITY), CAIR(DRDO) and CRL(BEL/ MOD). His recognitions in India include the Padma Bhushan, a civilian national award.
Metamorphoses is a modest effort to try and bridge the gap between digital technologies, which are transforming our lives, and our understanding of their multiple dimensions. It will unfold in a series of nine interactions covering different aspects of the digital revolution.
This series will examine the impacts of digital technologies on the human psyche and on societies – exploring ways in which some of the negative elements may be mitigated. There will be a peep into the future – of what machine learning and artificial intelligence may bring to human experience – and the moral and ethical dilemma associated with these. It will also delve into issues relating to data privacy and cyber security as well as the emerging legal regime to regulate this critical domain.