Somdip Dey

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"An idea is nothing until it has its believers and followers."

Somdip Dey (born December 13, 1990, in Kolkata, India) is an Indian computer scientist and serial entrepreneur. His work is focused on making artificial intelligence affordable and accessible for developing countries.

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  • Coming from a country with a currency value less than the UK’s, I can’t help but convert the price of everything I buy in the UK to the value of the product in India. For example, while buying a pack of 6 gala apples, which costs £1 in 2013, I would calculate that the pack of apples would cost Rs 101 (£1 = Rs 101 back then), while the same pack of apples would cost no more than Rs 60 in Kolkata, India. Given the conversion rate, everything seems very expensive.
  • Growing up in India we faced so many issues such as food waste, malnutrition, pollution, crazy traffic, which could have been better improved using technology. After moving to the UK and with access to more resources in terms of technology I realized that there is so much I could do to improve lives with the use of such technology.
  • Licensing agreements require Glu to pay extensive royalties to each celebrity whose name they use. For Glu, it’s not really lucrative to continue developing or supporting celebrity apps from a business point of view. Kardashian West's success had proved difficult to replicate, and most new celeb app launches fell flat.
  • Although many people, for example, believe the Mars Rover robots are champions of Artificial Intelligence, the robots do not “employ state-of-the-art AI algorithms.” Dey said he learned the distinction while collaborating with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory dedicated to robotic exploration of the solar system. AI algorithms require extensive energy consumption to be computed — something that would quickly put the rover out of action in outer space. “On Mars, while exploring several large craters where sunlight might never reach, the rover has to commute and communicate in an optimized fashion with the least amount of external power source,” he said. “And having the state-of-the-art AI algorithm on such a robot would only drain the power source quicker.” But that doesn’t mean the rover isn’t smart in its own way. “Every ounce of the robot is optimized to perform the best at minimal cost,” he said. “So, next time, if you hear about Mars rover then be aware that it is the hard work and dedication of several intelligent researchers and engineers who had made that machine intelligent enough to do its job.”

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