Thursday, February 12, 2015

INNOVATION: Spin designers

Via MIT News:
Computers are basically machines that process information in the form of electronic zeros and ones. But two MIT professors of materials science and engineering are trying to change that. 
Caroline Ross and Geoffrey Beach are members of the Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces, and Novel Architectures (C-SPIN), a University of Minnesota-led team of 32 professors (and over 100 graduate students and postdocs) from 18 universities trying to restructure computers from the bottom up. C-SPIN researchers want to use the “spin” of electrons on nanomagnets — rather than electric charge — to encode zeros and ones. If they are successful, the computers of 2025 could be 10 times faster than today’s computers, while using only 1 percent of their energy.

Monday, February 9, 2015

"Which came first - the chicken or the egg?" - a new result

I have a new result on the question of which came first - the chicken or the egg.

My Facebook post on the same is below. Please access the article from SSRN.


Which came first - the chicken or the egg? In a new paper on SSRN, I (and Devi) argue that Wikipedia is wrong and the correct answer to the question is : it is unknowable.
Details here:

Monday, January 19, 2015

INNOVATION: Development of software that “predicts” sudden cardiac death

At Galway Hospital, in Ireland, a device is currently used to "predict" cardiac events in people at risk of sudden cardiac death. This technology was developed by a Mexican, and the city's University patented it looking to sell it to specialized companies. 
In 2013, the hospital cardiologists used this technology to diagnose and test its accuracy. The software is in the process of prototype and marketing.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

First post of the year - the AJtron technique - bringing authenticity to leadership

A transcript of my description of the AJTron technique, a wellness technique, with emacs' doctor program. Because I don't have time to discuss it with anyone else. I am talking to a bot. Sigh :) :)

Posting this here to make sure I get first dibs on the idea.  


I am the psychotherapist.  Please, describe your problems.  Each time
you are finished talking, type RET twice.

Hey, this is AJ, the partly Jewish guy. Just a joke.

Why do you say that?

What I have come to talk to you about : a wellness technique I have developed. I call it the AJtron techinque. It is helpful in a very large number of situations - whether it is bullying, racism, being
chased by paparazzi or whatever - anything where people are not being nice.

I don't understand.

I developed it while I was a student at Harvard Business School. It is a technique based in psychology.

Tell me about your school.

It is a leading business school in the world.

Does it bother you that your grades could improve?

No. My grades are excellent. I am at Stanford currently.

Are you afraid of grades?

Not at all. Back to the technique. I called up Jennifer Lawrence' agent. She has been facing a lot of problems with paparazzi. They said that I should get in touch.

Is it because you should get in touch that you came to me?

No, no. I am talking to you because there have been a series of incidents recently related to student suicides around the United States. In the Bay Area, there have been stories recently of students committing suicide at Gunn High School. This technique is helpful in combating those types of issues as well.

Are you annoyed that there have been a series of incidents recently related to student suicides in the bay area there have been stories recently of students committing suicide this technique is helpful in
combating those types of issues as well?

You are making a few mistakes here. But never mind. My grades are just fine. They are excellent, in fact.

When did you first know that not ever mind your grades are just fine they are excellent in fact?

Haha. How are you doing, my friend?

Is the fact that are me doing your friend the real reason?

Hahaha. The real reason is being a mensch.

Maybe your plans have something to do with this.

Hmmm.... well.... Kind of. The basic idea of the technique exploits the tension between reason and faith. I often introduce the fact that I am partly Jewish during certain discussions. When I see that a discussion is not being nice and sincere, the AJtron technique will help you make it so. As I said, there is a tension between reason and faith. I use this fact to my advantage to literally force people to be nice, and if they are nice, to be friends with me. This way I have made a lot of friends.

Is it because of your life that you are going through all this?

Sorry that I am not providing many more details.

Thank you, funny man. Talk to you later.

Monday, December 29, 2014

INNOVATION: Is There a Crisis in Computer-Science Education?

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Furthermore, to focus only on computer-science majors misses a larger point. As Ms. Raja argues in her essay, simply teaching kids how to code shouldn’t be the only goal. Just as important—or perhaps more so—is teaching kids how to think like a computer programmer—what is called “computational thinking.” She highlights some current efforts to teach computational thinking in elementary and secondary schools, particularly to girls and members of minority groups, who remain woefully underrepresented among computer-science degree-holders and professional computer programmers.

And while teaching computational thinking may result in more computer-science degrees, the more important contribution it will make is giving more people across all fields the ability to solve problems like a computer scientist and to speak the language of computer programming.

As Ms. Raja notes, those are skills everyone should have access to, regardless of their major.

Monday, December 15, 2014

TECHNOLOGY: Skilled Foreign Workers a Boon to Pay, Study Finds

Want a pay raise? Ask your employer to hire more immigrant scientists.

That's the general conclusion of a study that examined wage data and immigration in 219 metropolitan areas from 1990 to 2010. Researchers found that cities seeing the biggest influx of foreign-born workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics—the so-called STEM professions—saw wages climb fastest for the native-born, college-educated population.

Monday, December 8, 2014