Skip to Content
Uncategorized

Technology Terror

A terrorist shooting in Bangalore, India looks like an attack on technology.
December 29, 2005

Those checking the news closely today will have seen some horrific news out of Bangalore, India. According to press reports, on December 28 a lone gunman opened fire at a conference being held at the Indian Institute of Science. According to the BBC account, Professor M.C. Puri from the Indian Institute of Technology was killed. The BBC quoted the state’s chief minister as blaming terrorists for the attack.

If it was indeed a terrorist attack, it would be a particularly troubling one. The Indian Institute of Science is, of course, one of the world’s leading research institutes and a major force behind the high-tech boom in Bangalore. If terrorists, and not a lone madman, are behind the killing, it represents an attack not only on India’s future as a rising technology star but also on technology itself.

According to the BBC report, and one by Chemical & Engineering News, among the injured was Professor Vijay Chandru, a PhD from MIT and founder of Simputer and Strand Life Sciences (formerly Strand Genomics). Several years ago, Technology Review wrote about one of Chandru’s startup companies, Picopeta Simputers. The article began with Chandru’s grand vision: “Vijay Chandru places his pocketbook-sized computer gently on the table. The computer scientist from the Indian Institute of Science believes this gray box could be the future of personal computing in his country.”

It is this kind of technology ambition that has made Bangalore one of the world’s centers of innovation. Now, it seems, that spirit of innovation is under attack.

Keep Reading

Most Popular

Workers disinfect the street outside Shijiazhuang Railway Station
Workers disinfect the street outside Shijiazhuang Railway Station

Why China is still obsessed with disinfecting everything

Most public health bodies dealing with covid have long since moved on from the idea of surface transmission. China’s didn’t—and that helps it control the narrative about the disease’s origins and danger.

individual aging affects covid outcomes concept
individual aging affects covid outcomes concept

Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid

Drugs that rejuvenate our immune systems and make us biologically younger could help protect us from the disease’s worst effects.

Europe's AI Act concept
Europe's AI Act concept

A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of

The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose WongIllustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.