Friday, April 11, 2014

Inventing indulgent future for the rich

Saw this promotional video for Bosch's automated driving system. There are similar efforts being attempted by other corporates too, notably Google.
But here again, I feel corporates are trying to answer the wrong question

'In the future' - we shouldn't need to travel unless we desire to travel (that is to say, travel only for leisure and not because you must to earn your bread). Our scientific endeavors need to be geared to completely remove commutes from our lives. In which case, driving would become an activity largely undertaken for leisure.
But the fact remains, the way our economy is geared, people must leave there homes and travel greater and greater distances to bigger and bigger cities to earn. In China alone, 120 million youngsters leave their homes to find jobs in a year.
Why is globalization only aiding economy and not human will? (Jobs migrating to cheaper and cheaper venues, forcing people to migrate towards jobs. As against, people moving to different places on their own volition without economic coercions facilitated by globalized economies that only aid mega-corporates.)
In the age of cloud-this and cloud-that, why do we still need to commute to earn? Why are companies not trying to reduce commutes and are instead are trying to automate commutes? even Google, which is in the business of cloud this-that.

We need our best minds to focus on the way we are going to work together, live together; not on the way we indulge ourselves.

Also, where are all the new cars going to go? the virus like expansion of cars on our roads will make it astronomically costly in future to own/ operate one. only a few would be able to afford mobility. Drive around Delhi and know what a dystopian future of road looks like. there are no more roads for more and more cars! We will be forced to de-incentivize individual driving.  
why invent for a future that is not going to present itself ever? why invent for indulgence of the rich?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ideas. Occupy me.

Ideas are tremendously potent.
People turn mad in rage and kill.
People smile beatifically and help others.
People dig up, blow up, fill up, swamp the earth. 
People chase imaginary ghosts & Questions & purposes. All their lives.
People fetish on foods, movies, shoes, bodies and turn off the inner eye.
People lose their sense of reality, their sense of justice, their balance of life.
The breath. the breath is lost. The realisation of the breath becomes alien.
A moment in silence turns into an eternity of restlessness.
"Occupy me" screams the inner child fed on ideas 24x7.
The hell that is introspection. the hell that is looking back into our acts in reality. 

"Ideas. occupy me."

The ants carry stuff for their colonies. What are we carrying, for whom?
Our queen bee is Change with a capital C.
Change, Change, Change. faster and faster.
evolutions, revolutions. No matter at what cost.
People chase change as if that one change will remain. that after that one change, it won't change again.that as if, there is only one variable in the grand equation that is universe.
it doesn't matter what you aim to change. what matters is, it changes.

Change is now global, critical and accelerating.

where do accelerating things go?
Have you known of accelerating things that don't crash?

Oh Change. when will you be satisfied?

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Facebook pays $19B for whatsapp. instagram goes for a billion...
What kind of desperation is this?
how can these acquisitions be justified?
Even if you dig in numbers, there is no method to the madness - typically they would compare customer acquisition cost (which are astronomical for a category with such a low entry barrier and high attrition rates of users. And just try to realize the promised full potential of monetization - and see if the userbase doesn't evaporate.). Compare those numbers for geocities, aol, myspace, whatsapp.. (and for a sanity check, other industries). All money down the drain. Why is all the money being made in 'exits'? That is not a sustainable way for an industry to thrive.
Then some talk about potential in a monopoly & ecosystems tying down people. But that's the sure sign of a dying desperate game. When the game changes from that of creating awesomeness, to cornering access - that is a sure sign of impending irrelevance. People switch from one service/ product to another quite easily, without emotional baggage. 
Some may talk of future in hushed tones and glazed eyes. But no sir. no one has keys to future.
If there's one thing that you can learn from people in last 2 decades, it is that they are ridiculously unpredictable (people on streets, leapfrogging, long cause -effect lines... )

I feel, all Zuckerberg is doing is playing bluff, keeping people guessing. Gullible people hope that the maverick would do the exponential magic.
The idiotic business of prediction (consultants, financial analyst firms, biz talking heads) obfuscate basic from one bubble to next. They are not in the business of generating wealth, they are in the business of scheming of bubbles.