Computing with Skin and Mind – Facebook Building 8 Initiative


Using our skin and mind to control computing looks like a science fiction coming true. But this is the truth which is currently being invented at Building 8 of Facebook. Although futuristic but this is what the future of computing will be. Moreover, having Facebook behind such a vision removes all doubts about its feasibility. Facebook only works on those technologies which affect the larger population on the planet whether its facebook, messenger or internet for all. Their decision to buy Whatsapp also came for the fact that the most of population of earth was using Whatsapp.

Impact on human race

Although, current focus is to help specially able people to use this technology. But the larger picture is going to be different when this technology spreads to the whole population. We are in for some healthy ways for our eyes and fingers as it will aid us in having communication with computer without looking at a screen or exerting our fingers. Similar to other technological advancements, this will also be adopted slowly but adoption will increase with the passage of time.

Slow Adoption but large impact

Like our senior generation who still don’t want to use computers, the adoption of such embedded technology will also be fairly difficult. The change will take some time for us to adapt to such advancements. But it will be the kids whose fascination of such new technologies will make them adopt it fast. In the initial days, we might just have signals sent to brain as text but as this technology will develop the change from text to images will not be a distant dream. It will be something similar to computers which changed from text to image based and got widely accepted.

Do humans need it

This is an attempt to create super humans who can calculate like computers, have knowledge like computers. We certainly don’t need to become super humans as we are programmed to be happy with whatever we possess. Such things are being invented as today’s entrepreneurs have exorbitant resources to explore such complicated areas. This might help us in exploring the universe, but why to get computing embedded in our skin and brain. The purpose of such technological advancements must be well laid so that we are not adversely affected.

Some Side Effects

Every good thing comes with its own side effects, and this is no different. This is going to affect our intelligence directly. We might stop thinking about daily trivial tasks and become dependent on artificial intelligence. The recent study on use of Satellite navigation shows that use of navigation switches off the navigation part of our brain (Info link).  Similar to this, if we have computers wired into our nervous system then they will surely make us dependent on them. Just imagine, you are asking computer to know how much water you should drink before every glass to remain healthy. Although, it looks like a positive direction but similar to the Navigation case, we might be putting that area of brain to rest which directs us to drink water appropriately. This is just one example, I am sure it will have real bad side effects on our brain functioning.

I know it’s coming and will eventually rule us but still we have time to build protocols for the next generations so that they don’t succumb to computing power and keep using natural senses.


Data Cloud – A Social Networking Approach (data.world)

Data Cloud

The social networks have been there which cater to our personal/professional requirements to connect. Although, they are promising and at the top but still there is a missing element in them which is currently being explored. The exploration has taken us to have subject specific/niche networks. Niche networks are those networks which cater to specific subjects. One of such network is data.world. It is meant for the data hungry people who are looking for data or would like to share data. This network gives us functionality similar to twitter, Facebook but restricts you to have data related themes and discussions. I have termed it as Data Cloud as it can also be used to store data privately as well.

Emergence of content specific networks

Facebook, Twitter, G+ are crowded network and searching relevant information on such networks has become a headache. All these networks fulfill our requirement to connect but also give us a lot of noise in terms of advertisements, hollow posts etc. Niche/Content specific networks are here to fill that void and give us a space where we can go to look for relevant information. Another value which such networks provide is the easy reach to specific audience. Facebook’s value is from the way it connects you with friends and families. But when it comes to business/professional connect, it is only an advertisement platform for promotion. The content specific networks like data.world, slideshare.com have understood this need and given us these niche platforms.

Data Cloud – Platform for sharing data

We are already aware of having storage available on the cloud for personal/professional use. It is all unstructured data which we store on the cloud today. Data Cloud refers to having subject specific data with relevant details so that it could be reused. It gives us the opportunity to create data specific group which can be accessed publicly. It has features similar to twitter which lets you follow individuals and groups. Other useful feature is that you can even have the licensing terms defined for the data you share.

Simplified Data Views

As we have a social network dedicated to Data, so it also makes sense to have the data displayed in a simplified way. Data Cloud – ‘data.world’ shows all the data in simplest form which can easily be browsed. Whatever is the format of data you upload, it will show the data in specified configured forms. You don’t need any extra software to have a look at the data uploaded on data.world.

SQL Query execution

If you are in data business, then you must be in love with SQL. And amazingly, data.world does give the flexibility to run SQL queries on the data even if its uploaded as excel, pdf, csv or any other format. So, no need to run manual filters on excel, just execute the SQL to achieve your dataset.

Aspiring Data Scientists

If you are an aspiring data scientist, then there is no better place than data.world to hang around. You can get loads of data to fiddle and many good data scientists to follow. Instead of looking for sample data on the internet, now there is one place where you can search for the required sample data which is real. Statistical analytics is the most important skill for a data scientist, and it can only be achieved through experience. When you have a lot of data to play around, it gives you confidence to achieve your level of perfection. So, join this new community to have your share of experience.

It’s the rise of niche networks which is making a big mark on the internet industry. I am sure there are many more areas which are currently being explored and will have its own impact in the near future.


New Terms
Hollow posts- posts which have no significant or real worth; The social networks today are crowded with posts which have no significant value for us but they eat away our time.

Messaging Cloud, a new marketing phenomenon

The Cloud BlogAs a small startup, it is always difficult to find out budget for marketing. Marketing is the most important thing a business needs to reach its customers. But when it comes to budget allocation for marketing, it always seems less. We need to do a lot of research to reach the right customers and to find out the best medium to communicate. Any miss on the decision taken can put the whole campaign at risk as the cost may go up or the target audience might not be reached.

Fortunately in today’s times, we have cloud/internet to the rescue. Now-a-days, we have multiple options available to reach out to our customers. The availability of internet has made everything affordable and customized as per your business needs. A few techniques mentioned below are now available on the cloud and are more affordable.

Email Marketing

Email has been a very reliable medium for marketing your products and services. Although, there are many options available to the receiver to filter out the promotional messages but still most of the organizations are still using it to promote their products. Earlier, organizations used to have their own servers to send promotional mails. But with Cloud, the situation has changed. Such services are available online and with customization. Mailchimp, Zoho etc.

Social Advertising

Another way of advertising has emerged after the advent of facebook is social advertising. Now, a days most of the social networks have grown to such an extent that they have subscribers which exceeds the number of people on single continent. As their reach has grown, so have their impact. These social networks offer advertising on their networks for promoting your business, products, services etc. These seems to have become more relevant as most of the people go to social networks everyday to connect with their friends and family. A recent addition to social advertising is Linkedin which has recently started offering advertising on their network.


Another medium to connect with the customers is through blogs. All those business who understand the usage of blogging have added blogs to their business websites. Business can share relevant and valuable information through blogs to connect with their customers. It is judged as the cheapest medium to keep customers coming back to your website. You should always share information relevant to your business as that is what will be your customer’s interests.

Messaging Cloud

A new medium to connect with customers which has recently gained a lot of limelight is through cloud on digital mediums like browsers, mobile notifications, messengers. This makes the communication a whole lot easier and less expensive. As most of the communications have become over-crowded, it’s the requirement to advent new ways to communicate with customers. Showing messages outside the browser(Chrome, Firefox etc.), notifications on mobile, messages on the messengers through chatbots are making it the most favorite medium to communicate. Other than the benefits of these new ways, it is the cheapest medium also.

It is for every business to understand what is best for them to connect with their customers. As the stakes are always high on a campaign, the business needs to play it right everytime.


Amazon Dash – IoT in the simplest form

The Cloud Blog - Amazon Dash - IoT Button

The Cloud Blog – Dash Button

Now a days, we hear a lot about automation, robotics, IoT, cloud services, digital transformation.  All these terms are not easy even for a techy guy to digest then how can we expect a common man to understand them. For a common man, its just another technological advancement happening in the background. Amazon gave it a thought and has brought the complexity out of one their innovations which is Amazon Dash – IoT Button.

IoT Button – Easy way to order stuff

Amazon Dash – Iot Button is so simple and easy to understand, program and use that a common man can use it with maximum utilization. It is one such small IoT device which can assist you in remembering things which we usually forget. The most common use depicted by Amazon is to order on Amazon.com through this button. You can put this button close to your washing machine and use it to order consumables related to it. Similarly, it will be for kitchen and office stuff also. I would say that these are easy things to consider for such an innovation.

Innovative ways to use Amazon Dash

One of the most important use which I think of it as a safety switch. Anybody can carry it along with himself/herself and press it in case of any adversity to send message to the dear ones. This can be very useful for people who needs to travel late night or to far off places. You might not have a chance sometimes to give a call to your loved ones but this button can be savior in such cases. It can also be used by elderly people to alert their loved ones in case of emergency.

Another innovative use of this button could be to call a waiter at a restaurant. Instead, the waiter keeps on watching the customer at all times for a call, a button placed on the table can be utilized to order. There have been innovations where iPad is being used to order stuff from the table but that takes away the simplicity out of the restaurant. Having IoT button will keep it simple and away from digital influence.

I like the way Amazon is leading the industry with its innovative products. These innovations are the key for them to become no. 1.


Innovation on the rocks – Alcohol as a Service (Hipbar.com)


The idea is so compelling that I could not stop writing about it. Undoubtedly, you can innovate everywhere, just need to have that bent of mind. Hipbar is one of these ideas which is implemented differently and accustomed to Indian business ecosystem.

Alcohol as a Service(AaaS, A3S) is the latest on the cloud with its unique concept to give power in the hands of alcohol lovers to save money. We have many who really want to finish that bottle of Scotch in one go but there are a few who can’t and this service is for them. No need to buy in pegs (30/60) but buy the whole bottle everytime and use it at your own pace at your favorite bar.

Customer Delight

The idea is to give the powers in the hands of the customers and take the bars along with you to serve them better. Customers are always looking for sweet deals and it’s all up to us (Innovators) to get them what they want. Surely, this idea got generated at a pub as the other million ideas which changed the world. The problem statement clearly has Customer in focus and help them counter the ever rising prices of alcohol at their favorite bars.

Bar’s Advantage

This will bring the bar on the digital bandwagon and will also bring new customers. Every bar is looking to increase its footfall and what better way to have its presence on the internet and with a brand which has plans to fill a vacuum in the industry. Digital involvement of the business will make it more visible on the internet and association with a digital provider will increase its local reach.

Social Responsibility

“With great power comes great responsibility” – a famous quote from Spiderman franchise. Similarly every entrepreneur needs to work with social responsibility in mind. The customers who fulfills the age requirement will only be able to book on this app. This way the promoters are helping the bars to comply with local laws.

Ultimately, it has to be a win-win for customer and the business owner both for an idea to succeed. Hipbar gives them a platform to continue their activities with added advantages.