Communication, Computing, and Technology


September 27, 2011


Madhu Sudan, principal researcher at Microsoft Research New England, discusses the differences between theoretical computation versus communication. “Communication,” in this context, refers to mobile phones, email, and other messages, while “computation” refers to things one does with a computer. These technologies are interdependent, and currently, one can no longer exist without the other. The contradiction lies in the practice where these technologies are being developed separately, creating missed opportunities and potentially slowing development in both fields.


  • Portrait of Madhu Sudan

    Madhu Sudan