The story of Keshav, a smart, and an innovative man from New York.
The year is 2041. He is about to finish his first year at Apple in California. He gets a call on Monday morning to meet the CEO of Apple right away. Keshav is scared and worried. But how did this happen?
Let’s roll back and look at the sequence of events…
Keshav grew up in a small family of immigrant parents from India. He was an “excelsior” in his studies but had many ambitions and ideas since childhood.
Keshav would sketch ideas and write about his ideas in his notebook
Incidents in the world saddened him. He was seeing racial discrimination growing up, He wondered why people would fight for religion, political views, and everything else that makes us unique and diverse. Why can’t the world be a happy place to live. Why nobody cares for the environment. We have a scarcity of water. The ice caps have melted. The world is boiling the oceans and removing salt from them to drink. There is no oil. The world is a waste dump. Billionaires of the world have made their mansions in Space stations, but everyone else is living in filth and stench around.
Keshav was always interested in computers and gadgets since childhood. His interest led him to join a university program in electronics engineering. After graduating from college and trying for 1 whole year to get into Apple, he finally got into Apple.
He was learning the ropes around the office and saw various innovation labs for products on the Apple campus. He tried meeting a few VP of innovation, VP of products, and VP of engineering types of people but nobody gave him their 5 minutes. His manager wanted him to simply spend the day at his desk, checking for minor bugs in a program. It was a boring job anyone else without a software engineering degree could do. Why would you hire a software engineer to see if there are little to nothing bugs in a system that someone has already checked?
This was becoming a lousy first year for him.
Anyway, he decided to go all the way up to the CEO and write him an email. So he writes him an email on Friday evening before leaving the office. He thought his email would be ignored and trashed by the secretary to the CEO, but to his surprise, he found out that the CEO read his email on his weekend. But he also wanted to talk to him.
So what was in the email?
He had an idea for a product that Keshav felt would change the world forever and make this world worth living.
I walked 100 meters in the large Apple campus to reach the CEO’s boardroom where I was called. I knock on the door and nobody answers. I knock again and someone opens the door.
I walk inside and it is a large room with about 20 or so people in suits and ties. I found it somewhat weird because I was wearing ordinary work apparel compared to these “Men in Black” clothes.
On the interactive whiteboard, I was astonished to see what was written on the top of the board:
Facial Recognition Technology
I saw my idea “Karma Points” was underlined and was the largest text on the board.
The CEO was standing proud and finally spoke. It seemed that they were all waiting in silence. I could tell that some were impatient. Now might not have been the right day to read my emails late…
“There he is! Welcome, Keshav! Hope you’ve had a great year so far at Apple.”
I nodded in agreement but I had to keep my true feeling a secret. After all, I am shaking hands with him.
“Sir, with due respect but why is an intern here? Where is the person who had this idea?
I knew who this person was. He was Colin Murphy and he was a Senior VP of Innovation. I couldn’t blame that he was skeptical of this idea and someone like me was able to come up with this idea.
“You’re looking right at him Mr. Murphy. Mr. Keshav Kumar who is our junior software engineer came up with this idea that will change the world forever and make this world worth living. We here at Apple should be proud to have him a part of our company. Keshav, why don’t you explain this.” The CEO points at Karma Points.
I nodded in agreement but I gulped feeling uneasy. I guess I should’ve learned to be more confident but who wouldn’t be confident of their idea. I am literally in the boardroom with leaders like Irene Brady and Janet Zimmerman from Sales and Marketing; Maria Stevenson, Lynda Wagner in engineering, Darrin Rodriquez, and many more.
Everyone looked at me. I sighed. It was now or never.
“My software idea is called ‘Karma’ that should be in the next Apple Shades.
I take the stage from the CEO.
You see, there is racial/religious discrimination, political views, and crime. Why can’t the world be a happy place to live? That’s where Karma comes in.
“Think of this scenario. You’re hiring someone. Now, he/she brings you their file. We all know that we will only put the good about ourselves on the file and keep the darkness locked. So, Karma will be able to go through the web and if we can partner up with security camera companies, even digital footage. Let’s say the person applying for the job is seen stealing money. Now he would be given a ranking of the 50s or less out of 1,000. Now that the interviewer can see who they truly are, the applicant in a way will be repaying his/her karma and most likely be rejected.
So, your LinkedIn, Facebook, ratings, etc are all tabulated and structured to create your Karma profile. Based on what you’ve done or how the world looks at you, your Karma points define your stance in society. People will only do business with people with good karma points Companies are rated by the aggregate karma points of their employees, customers, and competitors. Countries are rated by the aggregate average of their citizen’s Karma points. Countries will do business with other countries only if they have good Karma points. Each person in the world will also work together to improve his or her points. If points drop, there are consequences. This is a self-policing system in the world. Neighbors will help neighbors, cities will help cities, countries will help countries. Rich will help the poor, poor will help rich because Karma is beyond the boundaries of politics, religion, race, geography, or class.
Senior VP Lynda Wagner raised her hand. I was surprised someone had something to say already.
“Yes, Ms. Wagner?” I asked.
“Mr. Kumar, We here at Apple already have created our very own Apple Shades, glasses that are sync with cutting edge technology. We’ve already put the state of the art facial recognition technology and many features from the Apple Watch in the glasses. At Apple, we create products like the slim and powerful iPhones and MacBooks and just recently ‘Apple flying Car’ to enrich the life of the user. How does “Karma” fit in Apple.”
I understood where Ms. Wager was going. If the board overrules the idea, then as soon as Karma is out of the tank, I’m out of Apple.
I respond with confidence, “I think it’s time to think bigger. As our products enrich the user’s life, Karma defines and makes life better for the user.”
They were all in awe. I was shocked. The CEO was in high spirits. Suddenly, I wondered what my Karma points would total up to.
I took back the stage. “To earn Karma points, you must do good. It’s as simple as that. Be a man/woman of a good heart and goodwill and you will receive good karma such as the recommendation of good people and of yourself. The desired goal is that people will stop fighting with each other which can help each other to earn Karma points.”
The CEO proclaimed this was wonderful Keshav. I’d like you to lead this project as Director of innovation.
Everyone nods in consent. I hoped their views had evolved about me.
“When can I start sir?”
He smiled and said, “ As soon as your team is picked out. You have direct access to me whenever you need me. You have my full support and everyone in this boardroom. But remember to keep this very secret. Is this clear?”
After two long and hard-working years, Keshav on behalf of Apple launches the Beta version of Karma, and just in 5 years, he receives a Nobel Prize for Peace. Almost every country uses Karma not just in Apple Shades but it becomes a new service entirely. Only Outer-Space remains where Karma isn’t utilized yet but I think we both know why? It's because Elon Musk wants to meet Keshav first before implementing it in his Outer Space properties. The future is ripe for picking.