History has been graced by some bonafide geniuses over the years. Leonardo Da Vinci, Kuo, Leibniz are some of the few you have heard of. However, there are a few who have been more elusive than others. Ankit Singh is a Race Car driver and entrepreneur from India who is also the North American Grand Prix Champion of 2016. I had the privilege of interviewing him and discuss his ideas and philosophy.
“I am a nobody and I am just amazed and humbled that you want to interview me.” said the guy who I have been trying to reach for more than two weeks. I laughed and continued “Sir, I think I will quote you on that” and I asked him what does he do. To which, he replied “I’m a graduate student studying Computer Science here in the US.”
We got to talking and I asked him about the tech he recently sold to a company in California. He said “That was a protein folding IoT device that uses Artificial Intelligence to find complex protein structures”. This technology is unique and silicon valley giants have been gunning to find a expeditious solution to protein folding. Singh pocketed a cool $15 million off this deal.
Upon questioning about the deal, Singh denied to comment on the details so I asked him about the new technology he just finished working on. He has created a device that smart home users can use to fortify their security and control. A Brain Computer Interface that enables users to control machines with nothing but their thoughts.
“I think this will help people who have difficulty moving or speaking to have a better control of their environment.” Surprised to learn that this is even possible, I asked him “What steered you towards this idea? Is there a backstory? Are you looking to sell this technology aswell?” and with a neutral tone I heard his reply “I was bored and no, there is no backstory. Contrary to what some people think, I don’t have a sob story to tell and I won’t sell this to anyone and I might make this open source someday so even the common people can use this without having to pay a premium. I want to help as many people as I can.”
Mr. Singh has a sense of humour & his replies are more eccentric than typical. I applaud his efforts for making tech available to masses. His new tech works on the principle of electroencephalography which is a branch of neuroscience.
He has worked with Stanford University in the past and is also a published author. By the age of 16, he was a national scholar in his country and designed his own robot. When Singh moved to US, he became the first Indian to win a state championship of Chess and a Grand Prix. He is a competitive sniper and was awarded gold medal for it. A genius with a IQ of 142, Singh has many international accolades under his name. At the tender age of 22, he donated half a million dollars towards educating underprivileged children. He is a philosopher and a true polymath of this century with a vision to make this world a better place.