• Technology

    Synthetic imagery and VQGAN+CLIP

    When it took social media by storm last year, I checked it out and was fascinated with how much machine learning techniques have progressed in the last ten years. I am talking about the VQGAN+CLIP, a text-to-image generation model released by Katherine Crowson as a Google Colab Notebook. Suddenly when reading an article I got reminded of this, and spend some time trying with various captions and I am sharing the images I got. VQGAN+CLIP is a text-to-image model that generates images, given a set of text prompts. The field is called synthetic imagery (“GAN Art”). Here, VQGAN is the image generator, CLIP is the “natural language steering wheel” that…

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    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…

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    A Vision for a developed nation by House of Kalam

    Today evening was well spent listening to two eminent men talk – Dr Raj Reddy (Carnegie Mellon University) and Mr N R Narayana Murthy – on the topic of “AI for India – A vision for a developed nation” organized by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation, House of Kalam. The Youtube recording is here. Professor Dr Raj Reddy, Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University delivered a guest lecture on the topic of “AI in Service of PURA” explaining the relevance and importance of Dr Kalam’s vision of Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas. I had the honour of participating in the interaction session with Mr…

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    Future of Software Developers in the age of AI by 2040

    Just a few hours ago, I delivered a talk for an Azure Community Developer conference. The talk was titled “Future of Software Developers in the Age of AI & Automation by 2040”. Predictions are always riskier, especially one for a fast-moving, exponentially growing field like Software & AI.  Yet, I ventured and explored how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation will impact software engineering by 2040 and how developers can stay relevant. The one-hour video in 4K is available on my YouTube channel above. I have been doing a lot of research on this subject, and I would like to hear your thoughts and inputs. Please share them in the comments…

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    The Tech Whisperer by Jaspreet Bindra

    I know Mr Jaspreet Bindra from his days with Microsoft India where he was heading the MSN India Portal; over the years I am happy to have him as a well-wisher and friend. Jaspreet is one of those business leaders who see technology as only a solution to a problem but on how it can help customers and increase business value.  In his last role, he was the Vice-President at the Mahindra Group, India leading their digital transformation efforts – not an easy task considering Mahindra is a $20 billion conglomerate with interest across industries including Automotive, Agriculture, Defence, Finance, Retail, Hospitality and many more. In his informative talk at…