A Tech Polymath talks about The Love for Learning | Biprodeep Roy #TalkbackTuesday

#TalkbackTuesday number 62 – with Biprodeep Roy, and we talk about information security, geek culture and the love for learning.

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Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Mr. Biprodeep Roy. See his interview below.

Talkback Tuesday is a weekly interview with everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own.

1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current side project?

Hello everyone reading this. I am Biprodeep Roy, officially a B.Tech 3rd Year student. Unofficially, I call myself a geek and a guy who takes keen interest in information security.

I am working as a security researcher in a security research startup named “Cycure Labs”. I study and analyse different system level softwares and technologies that we use from day to day and try to secure them. Apart from that I am also a keen system developer.

I developed an linux OS called “Meteora” from scratch and an Arch Linux based security distro called “BlackJaro”. However, I didn’t release them for public use since releasing and maintaining a spin is a pretty tedious task.

These days I am into kernel and driver development too. There are a lot of side projects going on currently. The ones I can name are:

  • I am working to develop a ML based application for Government of India that predicts the flood submergence of a region in particular and alerts beforehand of such an event.
  • Developing a security framework for a particular platform (cannot name it)
  • Working towards securing some IoT devices.
  • Also I have a complete different kind of side project that includes administering and enhancing an India Israel Community (IIC) which is a special kind of lobby to enhance research + defence cooperation between India and Israel.

In a Glance: Biprodeep is a tech security enthusiast who works on the same at Cycure Labs. He’s developed or is developing several projects, including applications for flood prediction and international research cooperation.

2. So there’s a lot to unpack here. How do you find yourself working on projects with big implications and reach, and what do you find most motivating about the opportunity to make big changes with these projects you’re working on?

When I start working on projects, I start with the intention to learn, not to earn a reputation. So every project I do, I end up doing things a bit differently.

I don’t think about the implications of the project, I think on how to deliver the project in an optimized way so that it doesn’t fail during use.

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Biprodeep learns for the love of learning, and advocates this as the path to greatness.

My motivation behind acquiring expertise has always been this urge of “doing things a bit differently”. I often get inspired by model figures like Swami Vivekanada, Rabindranath Tagore, Nikola Tesla, and Elon Musk.

But at the end of the day you gotta work, and that’s the harsh reality! Even for learning, you need to spend extra hours and sacrifice a lot of your comfort. You will come out with different ideas sparking from [that effort].

3. So you said you consider yourself a geek and tech enthusiast. In the current era, because of consumer technology becoming so popular, geek culture is no longer frowned upon. In your opinion, what are the greatest consequences of this social change, and how has it improved how people feel and behave?

By geek, I mean a nix geek! Being a “nix geek” is somewhat different from being a mainstream geek.

Our core motto remains to spread the widespread use of Linux as a platform and encourage more and more people and enterprises to shift to open software licensing and sometimes even Free and Open Source (FOSS) software licensing.

Now coming back to your question about its impact in society, it has really made a deep impact wherein it is slowly making people embrace technology in their day-to-day lives and solving their challenges.

For example, who could have ever imagined Indians using e-wallets and investing heavily in cryptocurrency? It is this rise of the new geek culture that has led towards changing lifestyles or more importantly changing mindsets.

4. In that sense, if you had to give 3 pieces of advice on using tech to one’s advantage, to become a better / more wholesome / more competent person, what would they be?

My three pieces of advice:

  1. Develop not only the skill to use a search engine, but also relate to and test every answer you obtain on the internet.
  2. For learning the use of a new tool, its documentation is your biggest friend and not “baby steps”-type books.
  3. Make reading and solving problems your top two addictions.

In a Glance: Ratify your Google findings. Don’t be afraid of a tool’s documentation. Learn to love reading and solving problems.

5. Great. Finally, what can you leave the audience with? What should they explore next?

I’d like to urge you all to put in your efforts in the topics you love and not what just seems lucrative and shiny. If you are developing something, develop that only after clearing basic concepts on how your tools work in real time.

Always remember that each person in this world is unique. You cannot copy a successful person and become like him unless you put double the amount of effort he put in reaching there.

DON’T IDOLIZE ANYONE. Rather, understand their work and try to improvise from there.

Which leaves me with urging you all to check and follow my Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/cycurelabs/ .

I try to deliver a lot of information regarding technical security work going on in the industry. We post our original content on our blog: http://blog.cycurelabs.in/ .

Thank you for your time. Also thanks to you Vaibhav for this interview, I am happy to lay out my story before everyone.

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Next, check out the previous interview from last Tuesday with Prateekshankar Dixit by clicking on the image below.  Prateekshankar shared the amazing story of his dog, Juno, while also talking about his work at Urban Ladder as an experience designer. He lives with his dog and illustrates their life on Instagram.

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