Ep. 777: Tech Amidst the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

As tensions rise amidst the Russian aggression towards Ukraine, technology is becoming a frontier of the conflict. From State demands to voluntary steps taken by technology corporations, geopolitics is entwined with technology in a never seen before fashion. Rohan Seth discusses the evolving picture with Sapni G K and Prateek Waghre.

Ep. 740: Emerging Technologies from Chinese Point of View

The dual-use nature of emerging tech has blurred the line between civil and military applications of technology. How do the PLA researchers view the role of emerging tech in the military?

In this episode, Aditya Pareek and Megha Pardhi discuss the latest newsletter in the Takshashila family – “China Tech Dispatch”.

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Ep. 631: The Game of Drones

The attack on Merchant Vessel Mercer Street, allegedly by an Iranian drone, has been grabbing headlines. Beyond all the hype, drones have proven to be simple but effective tools in any country’s asymmetric arsenal. Whether state actors, irregulars, or something in between, drones have key advantages including deniability and standoff capabilities. Aditya Pareek joins Aditya Ramanathan to discuss the latest developments and some possible future trajectories for drones including autonomous systems.

Link to resources mentioned in the episode:

  1. Technopolitik Newsletter with Aditya Ramanathan’s section

  2. The article in Japanese Press discussing Russian Orlan – 10 UAVs that use off the shelf components, including Japanese engines without the OEM knowing about it

Ep. 627: Making sense of feed algorithms

Much of our online activity is mediated by algorithms. Whether we are shopping online, binge-watching TV shows, or scrolling through social media, algorithms watch over us and feed us what we see. Algorithmic content curation has associated accountability and ethical challenges that have no easy answers.

Mihir Mahajan joins Rohan Seth to talk about feed algorithms, how they work, and how technologists, regulators, and individual users can promote healthy information diets.

Links mentioned in the show:

  1. Why we need to audit algorithms (Article)
  2. WSJ video on TikTok’s algorithm

Ep. 608: The Mirage of High-Tech Self-Sufficiency

China’s growing technology prowess has led many countries to rollout old-style industrial policies of their own. What is the likelihood these measures will succeed? Is there a way beyond subsidies? And does the notion of indigenizing high-tech supply chains even make sense? Aditya Ramanathan and Pranay Kotasthane discuss.
Further reading:

  1. Technopolitik newsletter #3 – https://hightechir.substack.com/p/3-of-myths-and-delusions
  2. https://itif.org/publications/2020/09/17/allied-approach-semiconductor-leadership , Stephen Ezell, ITIF

ವೈಜ್ಞಾನಿಕ ಕಥೆಗಳು. Kannada Science Fiction.

This is episode 55 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/e/IEpAyllhGEPA6l3m’ width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] ಸೈಂಸ್ ಫಿಕ್ಷನ್, ವೈಜ್ಞಾನಿಕ ಕಥೆಗಳು ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಖ್ಯವಾದ ಪತ್ರ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. ನಮ್ಮ ವೈಜ್ಞಾನಿಕ ಪ್ರಗತಿ, ಸಮಾಜದ ಬದಲಾವಣೆಗಳು, ಮಾನವನ ಮುನ್ನೆಳಿಗೆಗೆ ಹಲವಾರು ದಾರಿಗಳನ್ನು ನೀಡಿದೆ. ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ ರಚಿಸಿದಂತಹ ಅನೇಕ ಕಾಲ್ಪನಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನದ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳು ಇವತ್ತು ನಾವು ಕಣ್ಣಾರೆ …

वेंचर कैपिटल: क्या, क्यों, और कैसे

यह ज़माना स्टार्टअप और नए उद्यमों का है | इस तरह की कम्पनियाँ शुरूआती चरणों में अक़्सर वेंचर कैपिटल के ज़रिए पूँजी जुटाती है | तो हमने सोचा इसी वेंचर कैपिटल जगत पर एक लम्बी पुलियाबाज़ी की जाए जिससे हम समझ सके कि वेंचर कैपिटल की एक अर्थव्यवस्था में आख़िर क्या जगह है? इस विषय पर चर्चा के लिए जुड़ रहे है कुशल भागिया जो फर्स्टचेक नामक एक वेंचर कैपिटल कंपनी के सीईओ है |

Pakistan in 2019

This is Episode 120 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/12185609/height/90/width/640/theme/custom/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/FF8200/” height=”90″ width=”640] What has been happening in Pakistan after Imran Khan became the Prime Minister? Why do some people want General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure as the army chief to come to an end? Dr Christine Fair gives us a tour …

ಮಾನವನ ಮೀರಿ. Transhumanism.

This is episode 38 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/11403521/height/90/width/640/theme/custom/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/FF8200/” height=”90″ width=”640] ಮಾನವ ತನ್ನ ಶಕ್ತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಯುಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಿ ಹಲವಾರು ಸಾಧನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾನೆ. ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ಮತ್ತು ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನದ ಮೂಲಕ ಮಾನವ ತನ್ನ ದೈಹಿಕ, ಮಾನಸಿಕ, ಮತ್ತು ತಾರ್ಕಿಕ ಶಕ್ತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಸಾಮರ್ಥ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಅಭೂತಪೂರ್ವ ಮಟ್ಟಕ್ಕೆ ಕೊಂಡುಹೋಗಿದ್ದಾನೆ. ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ನಾನಾ ತರಹದ ಯಂತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು …