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Astrobiology – a roadmap for Pakistan

Few questions have been as intriguing throughout human history as those concerning the origin of life. Different people in different eras have been asking questions like how did life start on Earth? What makes our Earth so special to sustain life? What …Continue reading

The brave new world of genetic genealogy

A woke up yesterday morning to the news that GEDmatch, the open-source genetic genealogy website, was instrumental in identifying Joseph James DeAngelo as the man suspected to be the serial murderer and rapist known as the “Golden State Killer.” As a genealogist …Continue reading

Our Internet voting experiment

Pakistan recently concluded its first use of an Internet voting system for overseas citizens. The i-Voting system was developed by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) in response to a petition filed in the Supreme Court by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) …Continue reading

Smart water infrastructure: The way forward

For simplicity’s sake, let’s assume the term ‘water infrastructure’ refers to medium-scale decentralized water purification units and urban water distribution systems. The former choice is based on increasing the interest of government, private and public-private partnerships in such infrastructure. These treatment facilities …Continue reading

Approximate Computing: A brain-inspired computing paradigm

A recent surge in the use of wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) devices demands a higher level of power efficiency to provide an extended battery run-time. Inspired by the way the brain processes the information, scientists and electrical engineers are coming …Continue reading

Eliminating the Human

I have a theory that much recent tech development and innovation over the last decade or so has an unspoken overarching agenda. It has been about creating the possibility of a world with less human interaction. This tendency is, I suspect, not …Continue reading

We Need Computers with Empathy

I was rehearsing a speech for an AI conference recently when I happened to mention Amazon Alexa. At which point Alexa woke up and announced: “Playing Selena Gomez.” I had to yell “Alexa, stop!” a few times before she even heard me. …Continue reading