Narayana GPL. Mandaleeka (“MGPL”) is a Vice President and Chief Scientist who led various software development projects/programs in TCS (India, USA, UK, Europe) and managed first ever large scale off-shore delivery center working with a telecom multinational company from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Bangalore. He led business development for TCS in Silicon Valley, California during Dot-Com era (boom time!).
As the R&D Manager in North America in early 2000s, he initiated and managed several research alliances with leading universities in North America for TCS and initiated first ever Industry-Academia collaboration by setting up a research centre in the USA. He is also instrumental in setting up several technology industry alliances that originated from CMU for TCS.
Mr. Mandaleeka holds Master in Engineering in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). He holds several patents and publications in the areas of Contextual Search, Software Engineering (Quality), Information Security, Consulting and Competency and has been active on several international conference programs/organizing committees. As a Chief Scientist he leads Systems Engineering & Cybernetics initiative in TCS at Hyderabad. He holds memberships with several international professional organizations such as ACM, GloGift, INCOSE, ASC and he is a Senior Member of IEEE. He is a fellow of IETE. He has been volunteering several professional activities, recent ones being Vice Chair for Professional Activities of Region-10 of IEEE (Asia- Pacific) and had been the Principal Lead for IEEE India Strategy Committee, 2015-16. Currently he is a member on IEEE Computer Society’s Professional & Educational Activities Board (PEAB) and is also a steering committee member on Excellence Enable Forum (EEF) of PMI, India. He is leading the “Digital Transformation” initiative under PM-SE integration Working Group of INCOSE. He has been invited to join as an official member of “IEEE GlobalAIEthics Initiative”. He won IEEE Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2012 for R10 (Asia-Pacific).
The title of Lecture is "Race against the Machine: Surviving and Thriving in the Systems Age”.
With the dawn of digital technologies, we are in the early stages of significant changes leading us into the age of “Systems”. The machine age which has industrial revolution as its counterpart is now giving way to “Systems Age” having automation and AI as its technological counterparts. “The Rise of the Robots” and Machine Learning technologies are causing unemployment so much so in about thirty years, half of world population will be out of jobs, according to a report. As one computer scientist put it, "We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task. I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: if machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?” In the years to come life could be absolute leisure with no work and this could be death knell for human survival, particularly if the developing technology is not kept as a good servant. These sentiments were echoed when Stephan Hawking had said that AI, if left unchecked, "could spell the end of the human race". Elon Musk also sounded that future advancements in AI could be akin to "we are summoning the demon".
In order to understand the revolution we are experiencing we need to look more closely at the concepts, ideas and philosophies that are shaping the evolving world view. This calls for a shift in our thinking that is required as the world unfolds around us in systems age. As we move into the systems age, we need to supplement our high tech abilities, with thinking abilities that are high concept (systemic ideas, detecting patterns, creativity) and high touch (empathize, purpose and meaning).
This talk highlights such thinking approaches that will make us understand the world in front of us, shape it and thrive as it unfolds.