Category Archives: Technology

Moore Murphy Marx

murphyMr Gordon Moore in 1965 published a paper, where he stated that the number of components that could be incorporated in an integrated circuit would increase exponentially over time. Since then, the number of components on the chip has doubled every two years. This compacting trend has given rise to the very famous Moore’s Law. Theorists for long have wondered if Moore’s law will ever come to an end? Applying Murphy’s law (see image) to Moore’s law, it will. The results – interestingly coincide with Karl Marx’ theory of Surplus Value. Continue reading

Science, society and dialectics

vitruvianFrom Galileo to Einstein, scientists who have questioned the popular thinking, have faced the wrath of the establishment. It is also interesting to note that wars have had a tendency to accelerate the process of scientific inventions. May it be the atomic power, or computers, wars have been the reason behind the great leaps in technology. The point is – society and science are inseparable. While philosophers of the past have tried to build bridges between the two, the complexities of modern science seldom allow to so. The gap between science and philosophy is growing fast. Continue reading

Water for life

waterHaving missed the industrial revolution, we have tried hard to catch up with the new-age industries, mainly Information Technology and Biotechnology. While the growth of IT in India is universally known, it is noteworthy that Indian pharmaceutical industry (a major part of biotech) ranks third in the world in terms of volume and fourteenth in terms of value. Well, lesser known is the fact, that until recently, there existed a river in Hyderabad where a single dip could make you immune to most diseases – and a second dip could have killed you. Continue reading

Gearing up

irritatedEver been irritated by clocks that tick too loudly, or by soap dishes that collect water and ruin the soap? Ever tried to plug USB drives the wrong way? Ever struggled with scissors with small holes where your fingers just wont fit in? Ever struggled with a remote control in a neighbour’s place? Ever bumped your leg into furnitures with sharp corners at knee height? Ever wondered why umbrellas have sharp metal points right at eye-level? Ever been interviewed by an ATM machine? Ever lifted a metallic trash can’s lid with hand, whose cheap plastic pedals are broken? Continue reading

Readers-writers problem

big_brotherWe all have some books we absolutely love. We love them so much that we lend them to everyone we know. There are shops thriving on renting and re-selling of used printed books. With ebooks taking over the market, this may not be the case. Possessing unauthorized copies of these ebooks may become the only ethically acceptable way. Sharing, according to most ebooks market leaders of today, is a crime. With the market at its transition phase, ebooks can either increase or decrease a reader’s freedom. We, the authors, the readers and the lovers of literature must strongly demand the increase. Continue reading

On pamphlet activism

propaganda_postersFor any idea to work, its dissemination is as important as the inception itself. Undoubtedly, the invention of printing press has accelerated the process of dissemination of ideas. May it be the revolutions or the new ideologies driven by the spirit of equality and freedom – posters, pamphlets and books have played critical roles. It was also the invention of printing press, which marked the beginning of the ongoing struggle for freedom of expression. Continue reading

What’s in a logo?

Speaking of freedom, Free Software foundation has a new logo. Apart from it’s aestheticism and ideological significance, this logo will identify products that are not subject to digital rights restrictions. Continue reading