What Stephen Hawking gets right and wrong about the most dangerous time for our planet

What Stephen Hawking gets right and wrong about the most dangerous time for our planet
by Vivek Wadhwa on 12-15-2016 at 4:00 pm

Stephen Hawking made a bold headline last week: “This is the most dangerous time for our planet.”

In an essay in the Guardian, the renowned theoretical physicist wrote: “Whatever we might think about the decision by the British electorate to reject membership of the European Union and by the American public to embrace Donald Trump… Read More


Medicine will advance more in the next 10 years than it did in the past century

Medicine will advance more in the next 10 years than it did in the past century
by Vivek Wadhwa on 11-02-2016 at 12:00 pm

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, recently announced a $3 billion effort to cure all disease during the lifetime of their daughter, Max. Earlier this year, Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker donated $250 million to increase collaboration among researchers to develop immune therapies for cancer. Google is developing… Read More


Robots could eventually replace soldiers in warfare. Is that a good thing?

Robots could eventually replace soldiers in warfare. Is that a good thing?
by Vivek Wadhwa on 10-12-2016 at 7:00 am

The United States has on its Aegis-class cruisers a defense system that can track and destroy anti-ship missiles and aircraft. Israel has developed a drone, the Harpy, that can detect and automatically destroy radar emitters. South Korea has security-guard robots on its border with North Korea that can kill humans.

All of these… Read More


I already live in the future and so should you

I already live in the future and so should you
by Vivek Wadhwa on 08-12-2016 at 12:00 pm

I live in the future. I drive a Tesla electric vehicle, which controls the steering wheel on highways. My house in Menlo Park, Calif., is a “passive” home that expends minimal energy on heating or cooling. With the solar panels on my roof, my energy bills are close to zero — and that includes charging the car. My iPhone is encased in a … Read More


The amazing artificial intelligence we were promised is coming, finally

The amazing artificial intelligence we were promised is coming, finally
by Vivek Wadhwa on 06-27-2016 at 8:00 pm

We have been hearing predictions for decades of a takeover of the world by artificial intelligence. In 1957, Herbert A. Simon predicted that within 10 years a digital computer would be the world’s chess champion. That didn’t happen until 1996. And despite Marvin Minsky’s 1970 prediction that “in from three to eight years we will… Read More


Democracy is a great thing, except in the workplace

Democracy is a great thing, except in the workplace
by Vivek Wadhwa on 06-19-2016 at 7:00 am

“The Soviet Union I left behind was a dictatorship but the workplace was a democracy; America may be free but the workplace is a dictatorship” said Len Erlikh after I hired him at First Boston (now Credit Suisse First Boston) in 1986. Being of the Jewish faith, he had fled the U.S.S.R.’s religious persecution.

Erlikh’s words have … Read More


How crowdfunding can help save Silicon Valley from its harebrained investors

How crowdfunding can help save Silicon Valley from its harebrained investors
by Vivek Wadhwa on 06-10-2016 at 7:00 am

There are fears that another Ice Age is about to hit Silicon Valley because of the implosion of its unicorns — start-ups valued at more than one billion dollars. By one estimate there were 229 such companies in January of this year. Their valuations are dropping precipitously because they were overpriced and overhyped. The fear … Read More


The chilling effect Peter Thiel’s battle with Gawker could have on Silicon Valley journalism

The chilling effect Peter Thiel’s battle with Gawker could have on Silicon Valley journalism
by Vivek Wadhwa on 06-06-2016 at 12:00 pm

Gawker infringes on privacy and publishes tabloid-like stories that damage reputations. It is one of the most sensationalist and objectionable media outlets in the country. It also has not been kind to me. So it’s not a company that I would expect to be defending. But I worry that the battle that billionaire Peter Thiel has clandestinelyRead More