Data & AI for Energy-Water-Food Nexus

Sustainable development, as defined by the Brundtland Commission, is “development meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”. Since 2015, this agenda has been captured and encapsulated by 17 interlinked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accompanying targets to be achieved by 2030. These cover a range […]

Notes from the future..

[ This was a homework assignment from an ongoing Socratus Workshop on Imagining India’s Future in the Era of Climate Change ] — Dear younger Hari! Greetings from approximately 3,650 days in the future! I am happy that you and your generation made it through relatively unscathed, despite climate chaos, fascist authoritarianism, the near-collapse of […]

Nowcasting COVID-19 Hotspots in Hyderabad City

[Link to original article on the COVID-19 Observatory’s Medium] This prototype has been conceptualized by Team Hotspotters as part of Hack4Resilience, a co-creation sprint organized by the COVID-19 Big Data Observatory. The Hotspotters are Hari Dilip Kumar, Shailaja Sampat, Sachin Gattu, and Dr. Ashutosh Simha. Life around the world has been disrupted by the COVID-19 […]

exploring systems thinking & sustainability

“There’s so much talk about the system. And so little understanding.” Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance In a 2012 paper, Prof. John Sterman of MIT raises the intriguing question: Is the sustainability movement itself sustainable? Do current approaches to sustainability make any real difference to the long-term sustainability of human […]

exploring the limits to growth

In 1972, a group of top scientists from MIT published a ground-breaking book called The Limits to Growth. The researchers, lead by Dennis Meadows, applied the newly created field of systems dynamics to explore what they called the world problematique – the complex of problems affecting the globe including poverty and inequity, environmental degradation, institutional […]