AI thinks like a corporation—and that’s worrying

There have been several attempts to make AI think like a “human”. A brilliant essay written in The Economist attests to this fact. It makes many assumptions and gives a unique historical perspective, but one thing that should have come out from this write-up is that AI was funded and nurtured by the defence think-tanks … Continue reading AI thinks like a corporation—and that’s worrying

The AI delusion: why humans trump machines

A brilliant write up and the most important takeaway here: Most AI systems used today—whether for language translation, playing chess, driving cars, face recognition or medical diagnosis—deploy a technique called machine learning. So-called “convolutional neural -networks,” a silicon-chip version of the highly-interconnected web of neurons in our brains, are trained to spot patterns in data. … Continue reading The AI delusion: why humans trump machines

A poem by Charles Bukowski

I stumbled on this beautiful gem. Sharing it with everyone! If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. If you’re going to try, go all the way. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. … Continue reading A poem by Charles Bukowski

How modern workers are at the mercy of ratings

I stumbled on this delightful read and I was reminded of the trend that used Yelp to "rate doctors". I am not getting into its specifics as it beyond the mandate of this write-up but it is a grim reminder that the doctor-patient relationship, once held sacrosanct, is now being reduced to "star ratings". These … Continue reading How modern workers are at the mercy of ratings

Innovation: There is science behind the spread of good ideas

First, consider this: Anaesthetic and antiseptic offer an instructive contrast. Both were developed in the mid-1800s. Anaesthetic spread faster than a hula-hooping craze. Atul Gawande explained in the New Yorker, “within seven years, virtually every hospital in America and Britain had adopted the new discovery”. Antiseptic, in contrast, took a generation to catch on. “The puzzle is … Continue reading Innovation: There is science behind the spread of good ideas