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My car, Ziggy Cardust, is an adorable Honda Civic who enjoys long drives to the beach. But Ziggy will one day be obsolete, living in a car musuem or an eccentric person’s private collection. She’s not the car of the future. So, who is?

I bought my car, a shiny black Honda Civic, shortly after my 29th birthday late one evening in October. That night I drove my car from the dealership in Raleigh to Chapel Hill (~30 miles) in North Carolina — at the time the longest drive I’d done by myself in my whole life. I remember the first song that quite ironically played in my car was “How Soon is Now?” by The Smiths. I avoided the I-40 highway because I was too scared to go on it, taking meandering backroads in pitch darkness that probably added at least 10 more…

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Unless you just time travelled from a different era or woke up from a really, really long slumber, you’ve probably heard about AI (if you live in silicon valley, you’ve probably heard a LOT about AI).

Really smart people all over the world working for all kinds of organizations are trying to find all sorts of applications of AI. Personal assistants like Siri and Alexa are trying to make your everyday life easier for you, autonomous cars are trying to learn to be better than your oftentimes-distracted self on the roads, some programs are hoping to diagnose your medical problems…

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As a product manager in tech who is paradoxically also an artist, I think about complexity a lot. In both my work and my art, complexity sometimes seems to arrive out of nowhere and I’m left asking myself — now, I wasn’t really expecting that, how did it happen?

That’s hardly unique now, is it. At some point or the other — on a certain project, in your life, a situation, your startup, or a relationship — complexity creeps in and leaves you wondering why, as you yearn for the simpler version of it. Sometimes you take matters in your…


For how they dance, one with another

The chaos of wind, and stillness of lakes

The light of dawn, and shadows of dusk

For how they dance, one with another

The hues of blues, and shades of green

The sounds of cities, and silence of men

For how they dance, one with another

The questions unanswered, and answers unquestioned

For how they dance, one with another

The echoes of pasts, and spirals of futures

Art © Nitya Mallikarjun

Do you know why most of us around the world work from 9AM to 5PM?

I always knew it had something to do with the industrial revolution but I didn’t know the exact reason up until last year.

Here’s how it all began. At the beginning of the industrial revolution, to keep up with production, laborers typically worked 12 to 14 hours a day, 6 to 7 days a week. In the quest for a perfect, utopian society, a social reformer named Robert Owens formulated the goal of the eight-hour-workday and coined the slogan “Eight hours’ labour, Eight hours’ recreation…

Sometimes I think Elon Musk​ may single-handedly be increasing the coolness quotient of the entire human race.

I mean seriously, the man is running three companies poised to change the course of entire industries and he has time to take step back and think “alright, guess I’ll save humanity while I’m at it too, I guess”

Last week, OpenAI released OpenAI Gym, a toolkit for developing and comparing reinforcement learning algorithms. Today, with the power or control to develop the next generation of AI technology clearly in the hands of an elite group of companies whose motives may be driven…

Art © Nitya Mallikarjun

I love thinking about the future. Not just the kind where I wonder what I’ll eat for dinner or where I want to travel to next - not that those aren’t fun to think about. But sometimes I let my mind wander to a place and time that will always be unknown to me, a future that exists centuries down the line. How will we live, love and learn? What will we do for work? How will we commute? What will money look like or even mean? How will nations and governments exist? What will religion still mean? What will…

Everyone loves good advice, words of encouragement, and feeling like they are making a difference. All of these inspire us, and motivate us to always move forward especially when we are feeling down.

I realized, especially as a girl who’s grown up in India, I’ve had a lot of privileges and advantages that a lot of women in my country (and across the world) might not always have. I’ve been lucky enough to have grown up in a progressive environment with family, friends, teachers, peers and colleagues that have pushed me to always be better, and do better. Sometimes when…

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