Bengaluru Tech Summit : Day 3 - Part 2

Next panel discussion was on "Society 5.0 : Moving towards smart society by Japan". The investment in infrastructure projects needs patience, while US investors are impatients. So Japan is better choice with its excess capital. In Bangalore, all metro project, sewage project etc infrastructure projects are funded by Japan.  Human species evolved from  hunting to agriculture to industry revolution. Japan had huge contribution during the  industry revolution with its unique quality processes/tools etc. Even today they are applicable in software/IT industry as DevOps practices. India's strength is neither manufacturing nor hardware. India strength is knowledge. Its skilled, English speaking manpower in knowledge driven industry of today's. India also has massive data for machine learning of around 1.2 billion UID. China has even more data, but under full control of government, so no use. "Bengaluru Tokyo Technology Initiative" is worth to explore. Bangalore is hub for technology, efficiency and entrepreneurship. Japan welcomes Indians. 

Dolphin tank is an interesting initiative at Bangalore. It proposes to mentor and guide the start-ups through the next stage of journey for 6 months.  Just like the dolphin who is a friend in the ocean, Dolphin guides the person through the journey in the rough sea till the person becomes independent. India had cost arbitrage earlier, now India has skill arbitrage. Large organisations depends on India for innovation. Now such organisation does not increase head count at Indian center. They effectively utilizes the startup ecosystem of India.  

Panel discussion about "Decoding industry 4.0 and digitization: from vision to reality by Germany". Today if one cannot learn, unlearn and relearn then he/she is illiterate. There will be 200 billion devices by year 2025. There are four pillars of IoT: 
1. Hardware, 
2. Extremely complex algorithms, 
3. Software = Algorithm + data. Software takes action based on them. 
4. Cyber Security. 
It requires risk taking attitude for testing and trial for IoT project. German has more corporate culture. An average German person is skillful in analog, slow and perfect in engineering. While India has startup culture, risk taking attitude, software skill etc. So both are supplementary to each other. 

The industry 4.0 revolution is happening right now. There is no time of 8 years of fundamental research. The capable heavy industry needs supports from SMEs for smart factories. Today with AR and VR, one can get feel of being in middle of dangerous machine, aviation and heavy sector. All regions of world has different lead time to manufacture IC in small quantity. China/Tiwan never accept order in small quantity. German quotes high price with long delivery time. The IoT and Industry 4.0 revolution is happening now, here in college curriculum. During QA, three challenges for startups were discussed:
1. Skillset
2. Finance 
3. Scalability
"Who is better? A German leader or Modi?" "Nelson Mandela." 

It is possible to write book / biography by "ghost writer" using NLP based software. 

Panel discussion about "Geospatial innovations in the times of disruptive changes by KSRSAC" Karnataka Geographic Information System is worth to explore. Geospatial analysis and deep learning based GeoAI are also interesting fields. Bharat Lohani explains, how his company Geokno use LiDAR technology to capture data. They cover 300 square km per day. They have developed alogrihtms, that can detect terrain even in dense forest. They can detect wild creatures in forest. they can detect water channel, very useful to divide water between two states and to help better irrigation. They can create 3d maps. The shadow analysis throughout a day, is very useful for establishing solar energy plant. One more interesting talk by Laxmi Prasad Putta from Vassar Labs. 

Panel discussion about " Emerging Technologies areas in the Indic language-technology Industry by FICCI". Vivekanand Pani talked about his company Reverie Language Technologies's product "Gopal". It is a virtual assistant that can speak many Indian languages. Thirumalai Anandanpillai mentioned that Microsfot's Azure cloud exposes we service API for speech to text for Indian languages. Vinay Chhajlani's turns 19 years old company in September 2018, who survived through dot com boom. In 2014, DNS was supporting 15 different languages. In 2019, Kannada will be also added in DNS, that is called IDN (International Domain Name). In the world 20 % people knows English and in India 12 % people knows English. So IDN is needed for non-English domain name. On 1st May 2018, a legal framework for Indic language was established. Since 2014 Gmail supports IDN based e-mail addresses. 4 million users uses Hindi email address by Rajsthan Government. Today more Internet data traffic is about entertainment content. However it will change, as government will give more online services in regional languages. The emerging opportunity is driving emerging of technology. In year 2010, VCs thought that Indian language speaking customers has no money so they were reluctant to invest for such language based startups. 22 years ago, we had only 1 % of PC penetration, so no need of Hindi. In 2010, 50% of mobile penetration, so Hindi was needed. So in 2011, first mobile phone launched with Hindi supports. Today many people are first time Internet user with mobile. In 2002, the way people were behaving at Yahoo chat room, today this first time user may behave same way. 

During QA, I asked about Sanskrit, Sage Panini's Sanskrit grammar and its relevant with NLP. Everyone nominated Thirumalai Anandanpillai from Microsoft to answer the question. May be because he has nice TILAK on his forehead. He replied, that today translation happens by Neural Network. It is not rule based. Panini's grammar is relevant and useful for rule based services. 

So overall "Bengaluru Tech Summit" was worth to attend event, with many thought provoking ideas, updates about recent trends, startups and insight to upcoming futures. There was also exhibition with stalls from established companies and startups both. 


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