• Chennai

    The giant display walls seen during rocket launches

    I have wondered about the effectiveness of the large display walls in mission control rooms that we see on TV during rocket launches. Not only the USA (NASA) but Russia, India (ISRO), China and other spacefaring nations too, have these. Maybe in the 1960s when desktop computer displays were poor, these display walls had a purpose, do they still do? Having a backdrop of colourful, fast-changing charts and pictures do make captivating visuals in TV and news articles. But do the operators in the room see them and use the data for decision-making? These display walls are now being seen in many other places too, like in Police control rooms…

  • Chennai,  தமிழ்

    1950களில் நடமாடும் புத்தக விற்பனை வண்டிகள்

    இப்போது கொரோனா ஊரடங்கினால் காய்கறி, பழங்களோடு மளிகை சாமான்களும் வீட்டின் வாசலிலேயேக் கிடைக்கிறது. கூடிய விரைவில் செல்பேசிகளும், மடிக் கணினிகளும் கூடக் கிடைக்கலாம்! இதையெல்லாம் எதிர்ப்பார்த்ததுப் போல், என் தாத்தா (லிப்கோ பதிப்பக நிறுவனர்) திரு கிருஷ்ணசாமி சர்மா அவர்கள் 1950களில் நடமாடும் புத்தக விற்பனை வண்டிகளைத் தொடங்கினார் – LIFCO Books on wheels. இந்த முயற்சியை, அப்போதைய சுதேசமித்திரன் (மகாகவி பாரதியார் இங்கே உதவி ஆசிரியராகப் பணிபுரிந்துள்ளார்) ஆசிரியர் சி.ஆர்.ஸ்ரீனிவாசன் மற்றும் இந்தியாவின் கடைசித் தலைமை ஆளுநராக இருந்த திரு ராஜாஜி அவர்களும் தொடங்கிவைத்தது எங்களுக்கு என்றென்றும் பெருமை. தொடங்கிய சில ஆண்டுகளுக்குப் பிறகு இந்த நடமாடும் கடைகள் வணிகரீதியாக இலாபமாகப் போகவில்லை, அதனால் சிறிய மூன்று சக்கர வண்டியைத் தவிர பெரிய கூடுந்துகள் (வேன்கள்) மூடப்பட்டதாக என் தந்தைச் சொல்லி எனக்கு நினைவு. மூன்று சக்கர வண்டியும் 1980களில் நிறுத்தப்பட்டது.

  • Chennai

    Vaccination Camp in my Alma mater

    Today morning, my alma mater Shrine Vailankanni Senior Secondary School, T.Nagar, Chennai had organized a #Covid19 vaccination camp for people aged eighteen and above, in association with Rotary Club of Madras and Greater Chennai Corporation. I had taken my son, niece, and nephew for vaccination. It was organized conveniently and safely. The school management was visibly seen taking care and efforts to ensure all were double-masked, the area well sanitized and only the pre-registered were allowed inside the premises. The waiting area was a huge open ground, cool breeze blowing in from all directions and the not more than one person was allowed in the vaccination room which was well-ventilated…

  • Chennai,  Lifestyle,  Rostrum

    Got my final dose of COVID-19 vaccination

    I got my second dose of #COVAXIN two days ago, on Thursday at Radhatri Nethralaya in T.Nagar, Chennai – a specialised eye hospital. The whole experience of making the appointment, to the visit and getting administered was handled smoothly. Since they are administering only on prior booking, the wait time was less. The chief nurse Ms Sakthi Priya was friendly, and she took safe care of my 80-year-old mom, making her comfortable and then administering the vaccines. God bless Ms Sakthi, Mrs Brinda, and the entire team at Radhatri. Each one of us, owe it to the scientists, the Healthcare workers and the Government(s) who are battling this pandemic and…

  • Chennai,  Homepage,  Lounge,  Rostrum,  Speeches,  Technology

    Career Opportunities in Artificial Intelligence during the pandemic

    Last year in March 2020, I had presented on campus of SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Ramapuram, Chennai for their computer science students on Career Opportunities in Artificial Intelligence. This year around, they invited me again for the same topic (!) but for their MCA (Master of Computer Applications) students. Since a year has passed where the job market, the technology industry and the entire world has changed irreversibly due to the ongoing pandemic, I decided to rework the talk in entirety. Today in the online talk I was expecting about 40-50 students, instead I was pleasantly surprised to see over 150 students attending the Zoom call. The topic…