Karthik S

HDFC Bank's invite-only program that unethically assumes you are already in and are willing to pay for it

HDFC Bank’s invite-only program that unethically assumes you are already in and are willing to pay for it

If you came here from the Day 60 update on Twitter, I’m sorry… that was an April 1 prank where the joke is on us customers and played by HDFC Bank. That should be ‘continued to be played by’, on second thoughts. Before you read – please see the sequence of points in this post: 1. Original blog post that… Read more →

That very-human impulse to react on Twitter...

That very-human impulse to react on Twitter…

[Continued from the earlier post titled, The Violence of Words] December 2001. Shah Rukh Khan has just moved into his sprawling new mansion in Bandra, Mannat. It was earlier called Villa Vienna, and given his recent hits like Mohabbatein and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, there has been a steady increase of people outside Mannat, to get a glimpse of their… Read more →

The violence of words

The violence of words

Much has been said and written about how peaceful the protest around Jallikattu was/is, in Tamil Nadu. It is quite an eye opener that this large a protest, started almost spontaneously, across multiple cities, has been incident-free in every possible way. Many have also written about the fact that not only were these protests incident-free, but the protestors were also… Read more →

On sentience, sapience and speciesism

The more science fiction I read (and I don’t read anything else consciously, generally, when it comes to books), the more I ponder deeply about speciesism. You should Google or Wiki Speciesism if you don’t know what it means. In a nutshell, it is a prejudice similar to racism or sexism, but concerns humans as a species and their supposed… Read more →

House of Cards, Big Data and the future of targeted advertising

House of Cards, Big Data and the future of targeted advertising

The following dialog is from Season 4, Episode 8 of House of Cards: NSA agent 1: Can you walk us through how the filtering algorithms work? Aidan: We’ll take firearms, for instance. If we start with everyone who legally owns a gun, track geo-location patterns through their phones, we start to put together a portrait of where gun-owners live, eat,… Read more →

Android (Nougat) and voice control

Android (Nougat) and voice control

I updated my Nexus 6P to Android Nougat yesterday (I’m on Android Beta Program, so got the OTA immediately yesterday). Apart from the myriad smaller updates that dot the UX, the one thing that I was most pleased about was the voice control. I had earlier purchased Nexus 6 (Motorola’s) specifically for the voice control – see this blog post:… Read more →

The ugly face of influencer marketing

The ugly face of influencer marketing

I had good fun moderating this panel for Social Media Week, Bangalore 2016. It features, as panelists, Kiruba Shankar (of kiruba.com fame), Nandita Iyer (of Saffrontrail fame) and Nivedith Gajapathy (of Tech Travel Eat Repeat fame).