Dr. Prasad Akella transformed manufacturing in the 1990s as leader of the General Motors team behind the world’s first collaborative robots (“cobots”), projected to be a $12 billion market by 2025. With cobots, Akella advanced robotics to safely amplify workers’ physical capabilities. With Drishti, Akella returns to the factory to again enhance workers’ capabilities—this time, by driving advances in computer vision and AI.

Does getting admitted to your state public college need to be this hard?

(Originally published Sep 2014. Apologize that I could not recreate the graphics.) With Chirag getting closer to college, we’ve been more attention to college admissions, and hearing friends cite example after example of inexplicable rejections for some amazingly talented teenagers. And, more to the point, a growing number of kids being forced to go out …

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From father to son

(Originally published 5 Sep 2014) My father (“AKR”) would have been 85 today. Today is also Teacher’s Day — an important Indian holiday that every school kid remembers! Since he was a teacher, I thought I would take a few minutes to write about three of the many things that I learnt from him. ONE: Sheer brilliance. And, hard work. My …

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On why I love T-Mobile

(Originally posted 10 Oct 2014) I am a big fan of T-Mobile’s. I am what is called a “Net Promoter”  – I actively canvas friends to switch to T-Mobile; most listen patiently, while a few switch. <Image lost: Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 9.29.41 PM> Why? As a customer and parent, I love the: Transparency: All fees are …

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Meet the humble tea cosy

I drink tea largely thanks to the Jain’s—Professor and Mrs. V. K. Jain. Prof. Jain was my father’s colleague in the Indian Institute of Science. We would visit with the Jain’s from time to time. And, Mrs Jain would, unfailingly, whip up her amazing British tea offering—hot tea and English biscuits. As a 10 year …

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