March 23, 2017
K K Birla Goa, Conference Hall
Humanities and Social Sciences
Dilip D’Souza is a Mumbai-based writer and journalist who writes on social and political causes. His columns have appeared in The Sunday Observer, Rediff.com, Outlook, Mid-Day, The Hindustan Times, The Caravan and other publications. He did a B.E. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani and an M.S. in Computer Science from Brown University. After working in the U.S. as a software engineer, he returned to India to write full-time. He has authored books on the denotified tribes of India, the Narmada Dam Project, the cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, the hockey player Dhyan Chand, and the public health speacialist and activist Binayak Sen. D’Souza has won several awards for his writing, including The Daily Beast Award for South Asian commentary, the Statesman Rural Reporting Award, the Times of India/Red Cross Prize, the Outlook/Picador Nonfiction Prize, and the Sanctuary Magazine Prize.
Abstract of the talk: In the late 2020s, if certain plans hold, four humans will leave Earth to travel to Mars. It will be a one-way journey, because these four people will be going there to stay. They will have the task of establishing a colony on that planet.
One of those humans might just be a student of computer science in Florida, Taranjeet Singh Bhatia. This ambitious project is called Mars One. To succeed, it will need to face and solve all manner of serious technological challenges. Naturally, it attracts its share of both intense scepticism and immense wonder. But it has also got Bhatia thinking in directions even he did not anticipate. That unexpected introspection is at the core of this ongoing story of science, hubris, exploration and the human spirit.