Health Science Social

Trading human organs, illegally

In much of the world, buying and selling organs is a crime. So what does someone in need of an organ do? The demand for transplants can’t be met by altruistic organ banks, so Internet brokers are stepping in the breach. Its not a pretty picture. Richard C. Morais at Forbes makes an interesting point.

Desperate Arrangements

Business Finance

Monkey Business

Adam Smith, the founder of classical economics, was certain that humankind’s knack for monetary exchange belonged to humankind alone. “Nobody ever saw a dog make a fair and deliberate exchange of one bone for another with another dog,” he wrote. “Nobody ever saw one animal by its gestures and natural cries signify to another, this is mine, that yours; I am willing to give this for that.” But in a clean and spacious laboratory at Yale-New Haven Hospital, seven capuchin monkeys have been taught to use money, and a comparison of capuchin behavior and human behavior will either surprise you very much or not at all, depending on your view of humans. From NY Times.

Monkey Business

Art Education

Introduction to Music Theory

Create commons books at Connexions, with an excellent one of music theory; I was impressed as the book started not with the expected (this is a musical stave, with the notes) but with what a standing wave was, and worked from there.

Introduction to Music Theory

Business Finance India Technology

A Software Engineer’s perspective of Indian Economy

Balaji’s article is one of the better bits of analysis on the Indian economy I’ve read recently. note: with my financial background hat on!

India’s Scorching Economic Growth

Innovation Productivity Technology

iPhone… wow!

I quickly discounted the new Apple iPhone launched this week as the latest fad; clearly I was wrong. After seeing Mr. Showman’s keynote there is little doubt that iPhone’s technological innovation, product innovation and business model innovation has great potential. However there are few not-so-impressive things: slow web traffic, limited choice of service providers, no third party apps and $499 price tag. (Btw, AAPL stock is all-time high at $94.62 today, up from $86.37 before the keynote!). iPhone – it’s everything 🙂

Macworld San Francisco 2007 Keynote Address

Education Innovation Technology

How to write a cool CS conference paper…in 5 secs

How to write a cool CS conference paper…in 5 secs? Use an automatic paper generator. Thanks to folks at MIT for highlighting the sadly low standards of some of the conferences these days. Via Grady Booch’s blog.

SCIgen – An Automatic CS Paper Generator

Business Finance Innovation Social

The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid

A business & strategy viewpoint by world famous “thinker” C.K. Prahalad that I’ve just started reading is quite insightful. Having the advantage of being in 2007, five years since it was originally published in 2002, gives an opportunity to evaluate its vision and thus also to extrapolate what is about to happen. Via Sramana Mitra’s blog.

Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (pdf)

Finance Science Social


A summary of interesting collection of thoughts by two authors who co-relate economics with general things in life. “He determined that in spite of the cottage industry of parenting and the millions of how-to books on the subject sold every year, who you are matters much more than what you do.” – Hmm, not sure if I fully buy that! Thanks to Gaurav for the recommendation.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Summary

Business Innovation Social Technology

The Urban Vehicle Grid

I came across some exciting research work that the UCLA CS team are doing  around “the urban vehicle grid”, a vehicle-to-vehicle system (much like a peer-to-peer network), whereby vehicles may participate in opportunistic “Ad-Hoc” wireless networks and may produce data about its environment (pavement condition, weather data, physiological condition of passengers); act as an information gateway for such content; and collaborate with other vehicles (forward collision warning, intersection collision warning, ice on bridge…). Pretty cool.

Communication and Content sharing in the Urban Vehicle Grid (very detailed info)

Business India Technology

15 Most respected Indian companies

Most respected non-government India-based companies in my personal opinion are:

  1. Infosys
  2. Tata Group
  3. Reliance Group

Others alphabetically: Aditya Birla Group, Apollo Hospitals, Bharti, ICICI Bank, Jet Airways, Mindtree Consulting, NDTV, Oberoi and Taj Hotels, Ranbaxy, Rediff and Tally Solutions.