Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Smart Artificial Intelligence Dangers - What is Musk doing?

🛰When Stephen Hawkings said human race has the biggest threat from its own scientists, he was not totally wrong.

Elon Musk, of Tesla Motors, is going a bit too far with his science obsession. I can understand electric cars & Hyperloop transportation. I can also understand with his space ferrying plans where he has proposed to ferry people to the moon and back. Was it a space elevator? I can't recall.

Anyway, his team dealing with artificial intelligence has found that their machines have developed their own language for communicating with each other.

This is scary, because even animals on this planet can make certain sounds only, to express their feelings. None other than the humans have a full set of words that can be used for anything. And it is not restricted to few sounds with varying pitch. It is a whole complicated language.

Now Musk's team working on artificial intelligence says it has discovered that the machines in their experimental network, are using different words to communicate among themselves.

How is that possible unless the machines know and can imagine things? If I said "tree", your brain will first produce an imagination of the tree and then you understand what I said. So if Musk's scientists are true, it does mean a bit of own imagination for the machines.

Does it sound cool & exciting as people are still dealing with weak artificial intelligence or what I'd term as dumb artificial intelligence.

Does it not ring a bell, a danger sound perhaps, to stop playing with machine learning?

If the machines can automatically create and use a different language that you & I cannot understand, the day is not far when they gain awareness. And what happens once the machines gain awareness of they being distinct bodies?

Well, I am trying to stay positive but can't think of good scenarios. Will it become the Skynet from the movie Terminator or will the machines be humble enough to serve humans?

Only time can tell. But do we need to take such huge risks? We are already sitting on a ticking bomb. The possibility of nuclear war, change in climate due to global warming can put an end to human race any day. Under such circumstances, would it not be better for the powerful to stop messing with nature and to stop trying to become god?

I can only hope that smart artificial intelligence too aids in betterment of the planet as a whole. Because if it turns out the other way, we would be fighting tons of metal that can think and act faster than humans!

Maybe, it's time we taught moral science to the machines to avoid the dangers of artificial intelligence.👌😀

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Monday, March 27, 2017

What are Cyberorgs? They are not a future thing

🛰 Cyberorgs are humans using computer chips to perform better in one or more areas of life. When I say Cyberorgs are *not* the future, I mean *they're already here.*

This is the story of using computer chips to make a paralyzed body move. And it's just one example. Read it here: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/i-have-a-computer-chip-in-my-brain-that-reads-my-thoughts
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One day, we will be using technology to reprogram our brains: something like deleting unwanted parts of life (by killing those memory cells), superstition, beliefs, etc so that what remains is pure knowledge fed by experience or fed by uploading data to brain cells. It's not fiction. It's already on roll.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Faith vs Beliefs - Which is more important?

Confusion reigns when each belief is shattered one by one. Belief, they say, is genetic (प्रारब्ध कर्मा). You don't get to choose your earliest beliefs. They are fed to you even before you learn your alphabets.



Depending upon your early influencers, the belief turns into faith. Or the belief fades into the time.

Faith is again, individualized. It differs per individual. Faith can also be a result of varied beliefs backed with experience of own.

Some people change their faith by evaluating the "returns". There was this person who wanted to understand "phala shruti" (rewards?) of some hymn before he'd sing it. So much bargaining in the name of beliefs.

But beliefs don't last. Most of them are just our minds playing games. Faith has a longer life compared to beliefs. And your faith is much powerful than any of your beliefs.

There will be times when you'll see many of your beliefs, that you held close to your heart, start breaking. That's when confusion sets in and you'll feel lost. If anything (other than God) can keep you sane during that turmoil, it is your faith.

What I am trying to say is beliefs are not that important because they keep on changing as you learn more. But having faith is essential for survival. Mostly, it is the faith in God that keeps people going but it can also be faith in own self & own knowledge.

In short, keep the faith. That's your only weapon when beliefs break or fade out. You might hold a belief for long before it suddenly disappears. You may become miserable...how can it be wrong! In such scenarios and more, it is your faith that gives you reassurance & reasons to continue wherever you are headed.

Let me know if you understood the above because I am too confused right now and I need someone to explain it to me. But I think I got the answer in a broader sense. Thank you, whoever/whatever you are. 👍

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Quotes to live by - March 17 2017


People change for two reasons. They change because their minds opened up or they change because their hearts broke. Both are related in most cases. A heart breaks to open up a mind or perception changes enough to break a heart.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Is Super Artificial Intelligence possible without senses?

Right now, all artificial intelligence in world is weak AI. It is weak because it can't think on its own (I can hear some scientists laughing at this sentence; Yeah, I know what you are up to).

super artificial intelligence


Everything from driverless cars to robotic surgeons are weak artificial intelligence. It is true that they learn things over time and get better at what they do. But that's it. All that programming for machine learning, becomes better at the thing it does.

Can it become aware of its surroundings & other jobs in this world? Is Super Artificial Intelligence possible, especially when there are no senses involved?

It is quite possible. Right now, we have electronic tongues that complement humans in wine tasting. Robots use cameras with GPS as eyes. You must have seen those voice synthesizers that convert expressions into sound. Stephen Hawkings uses one, in case you need example.

What if all these techniques are combined? We'll have machines that can think & talk like normal people. Probably this is the reason why Google is working on an AI KILL switch while developing AI based assistants like Allo for Pixel.

Prominent thinkers have displayed concerns at the attempts by scientists to create super AI.

It would take just an automatically developed algorithm for robots to gain consciousness or awareness. What happens afterwards is how prepared we are to deal with robots that know they exist...and that their likes exist.

Will they revolt as shown in the movie Terminator? Maybe we should teach them non violence & Gandhi already? 😂😂😂
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The concept of multiple universes

9000 years ago, Hindus (Read "ppl of Indus Valley n not just the sanatan dharm") knew about multiple universes. I will cite two examples below.

If u read Devi Purana, it is mentioned that there are many instances of Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the caretaker) and Shiva (the destroyer)... all created by God (Read "Devi Ma") to take care of each universe.


The second example relates to Ramayan, the epic that needs no introduction.

According to folktales related to Ramayan, when Hanuman saw the god of death in Ayodhya, he warned the latter and asked him to stay away from the province. But a body created means a body that'll die. Rama had to leave the body.

To facilitate the transition, Rama's ring fell down a hole in ground. Rama then asked Hanuman to go fetch the ring. By the time he returned, Rama allowed god of death to relieve him of his body.

What happened down the earth is also interesting. Hanuman chased the ring as it rolled down the hole. It went and stopped in a mountain full of similar rings.

Surprised, he asked someone nearby, "which one is the ring of Lord Rama?" The person said all of them belong to Lord Rama and that there were rings from different time phases (Read "different universes"). Each time a ring falls, a Hanuman would ask him the same question.

Hanuman understood that Lord Rama tricked him. He also understood that his was not the only Rama. That he was not the only Hanuman in existence. He understood there are many universes and life is spread or rather replicated among them. He stopped grieving and returned to the surface to continue his work of protecting people.

The two examples I mentioned above indicate that the concept of multiple universes existed much before people came to know that Earth is not the center of universe but a part of it. Any comments?
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Mobile Kavach by Government of India

MOBILE KAVACH: The Indian government silently released protection software for Android phones. It's called Mkavach, where kavach means protection. The govt body C -DAC developed the app in tie up with Ministry of Information Technology.

The Mkavach doesn't have real time malware scan yet but is a good tool to protect your apps with a password, protect your privacy, prevent unauthorized use of WIFI, cellular data & bluetooth etc resources. It also has a SIM lock so that if anyone tries to change the SIM card, it raises an alarm by sending mobile phone co-ordinates to pre-registered phone numbers.

If interested, check it out on
Google Play Store

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Free Internet in India

The Telecom Regulator Authority of India (TRAI) proposed almost free Internet pan India. Right now, the minimum rate is 10 paisa per MB. If TRAI's proposal is implemented, people will pay just 2paisa per MB.

Unlike cellular data, TRAI intends to rope in entrepreneurs who'd set up hotspots throughout India & provide fast net access using WIFI networks.

It serves two way, providing affordable internet as well as creating business opportunities for WIFI hotspots.

Indian Railways already provides WiFi hotspots at most railway stations with help from Google. Some fast trains also offer WIFI for free.

The only issue with TRAI proposal would be encrypting data, as public networks are easily used to hack computers & cellphones. Maybe C DAC can come up with something that protects people who use public, almost free Internet.
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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Facebook vs YouTube India: The Race Begins

If you are being bombarded by videos from past, uploaded by others, on Facebook, it is basically Facebook trying to give you a new addiction. These videos are different from the muted autoplay function the social networking site introduced a few days back. Facebook is expanding and posing a threat to YouTube among others.

facebook vs Youtube India
We are watching you,
dear Facebook...and you too, YouTube!!!


Pretty soon, Facebook will be a competition to YouTube. Strange but true. Vimeo and Dailymotion are nowhere as near as the threat Facebook videos pose to YouTube's. 

Earlier, people recorded offline and uploaded the videos to Facebook. The process used too much of computer resources for playing back just until four years ago. The playback is now much lighter & probably played on a  different lightweight player. I did not find any confirmation that Facebook changed its video player - but the new look and ease make it obvious. Like YouTube, Facebook is also becoming a repository of videos because of the ease of broadcasting video it provides.

Live Streaming on Facebook and YouTube

TV channels are airing their shows on both TV and Facebook at the same time. I do not watch TV but when something interesting comes up, I can watch it live on Facebook now. Earlier, live streaming was restricted to YouTube and third party websites.

The ease with which anyone can go live on Facebook is the major turning point. The mobile app of Facebook allows just about anyone - you and me - to go live whenever we want. I have checked the Android and Windows 10 app. I am sure iOS would also be good. At one of the weddings I attended recently, they live streamed the whole event on Facebook without damaging their phone. I am yet to do a live show on Facebook so I can't talk about the video quality but when I look at others' it is fairly good even on low resource machines.

You can go live on YouTube too, but that needs either special software for converting live feed into YouTube format or the Android/iOS YouTube app. The Android app of YouTube is again good for live streaming on YouTube. You don't have to use third party software when live streaming with the YouTube app for Android and iOS. I could not find any good app that I could use on my Windows 10 tablet. The YouTube Android app consumes a good amount of phone & tablet resources; heats up your phone if you are broadcasting for longer periods without break. And of course, you can go live on YouTube if your channel exceeds a certain number of subscribers - when streaming through apps.

Where does all this fit in? Well, YouTube is trying to woo the South Asian viewers to get an edge on Netflix and likes. Given that Facebook is both a social networking platform and now a live streaming site, the latter already has an edge in this (tough) competition.

Is YouTube being desperate? Yes, it is.

YouTube is so desperate for viewer base in South Asia that it is even bypassing copyright laws in case of India. It is not only allowing but also promoting new artists who are uploading commercial grade covers of just released songs.

You CANNOT do so - according to the Indian Copyright law 1957, modified 58. There must be a difference of five years before you can reuse anything related to performing arts. But the law was always abused. I mentioned it in details when covering history of electronic music in India.

According to its own rules, you need a permission from copyright holders before uploading commercial quality covers on YouTube. It seems to have forgotten the rule. Or maybe they changed it now.

According to YouTube's monetization policy, revenue from advertisements on commercial grade covers go to the original copyright holders. The covers with no or one/two instruments are okay to make money. In short, you cannot monetize commercial grade covers. But what I don't understand is the fact that covers (especially, commercial grade audio) are an open infringement of copyright laws and seems no one, including the copyright holders, has problem with that.

Coming back to Facebook, it has not forced any rules yet. It goes without saying that you should own copyright to the videos you are uploading or streaming live. It has not yet started offering advertisements but has made it pretty easy for every one to upload videos. It may start showing advertisements and overlays on the videos soon.

If you know making videos, this is the right time to invest your time into it. They'll be displaying adverts, an opportunity to earn - for you.

Competition is between Facebook and YouTube. Others like Dailymotion and Vimeo cannot even make it yet to South-Asian market. You might have seen "kuch naya dekho (Watch something new)" ads aggressively on virtually all channels...from YouTube to TV, AdSense and social media - even on Ookla's speedtest website (but excluding Facebook & Instagram feeds for obvious reasons).

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Educating our kids for future jobs

I was watching a video that YouTube recommended to me. It is about hard work not paying off. I am now lazy. It is also true I can relate to the sentence, "hard work not always pays off". The post has nothing to do with the video though. This post is about the changing scenario in terms of Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence while the video was of spiritual nature

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By now, you might have already heard of Artificial Intelligence. Did you hear that technology might replace most of the conventional jobs? That is, the jobs that humans do right now, will be done by machines coded specially for certain tasks. And like human brain, the machine learning systems will get more experience as they keep working. So a future jobs ad saying "needs accountant with three years experience" might actually be an ad for a bot or a machine.

I could relate myself to that video (that prompted this post) because my hard work of almost seven years failed. I worked on a project hoping that it will fund me for the rest of my life and that I can retire early. But something happened. Not a fire or any type of major catastrophe. Just a small change in the way Google parses webpages and lists them in the Search Engine Results. All that seven years' of work was gone just because of that small change.

Future Proof them when Educating Kids of Today

Did the above teach anything to you? Future proof yourself and your kids. Don't be sure the present circumstances will always last and support you. As an exercise spend a little time googling "what (future) jobs will artificial intelligence replace in next 10 years". Check out the results; read a few articles and then think/plan accordingly.

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I don't want to sound a preacher. Given the nature of conventional professionals and the pace of development in IT, esp IoT and Artificial Intelligence, the best bet for current generation is to diversify their education portfolio. Instead of just one specialty, they'll need a broader skill-set that would be of real value by the time they enter the job market, few years hence.

For example, if your kid wants to pursue journalism, encourage him/her to pursue MA/PhD in natural languages too, as well as a Degree in Mass Communication or Statistics (Big Data based). That will provide the child with enough skills to get a good hold in an economy largely controlled by software and cyberorgs. Cyberorgs are not future. They're already here... humans powered by pre-programmed chip to improve their performance.

Future Jobs - Who is at Risk?

Associated Press already employs the use of Artificial Intelligence for updating their news network. Maybe two or three more years before someone comes up a software that will replace manual reporting completely!??!

Other than blue collar jobs, journalists, writers, accountants, health specialists and even programmers have a tough competition with Machine Learning (or Artificial Intelligence). This means people will have to go for unconventional jobs and businesses. It is just a matter of time before Artificial Intelligence takes over plenty of daily life aspects, including earning.

Elon Musk (no introduction needed, I think) proposed common universal income to deal with the possible future. The US is debating common universal income to help people who would be obsolete by Artificial Intelligence but it wont be enough to give them a fulfilling life.

I think we are smarter than some piece of software code and if the latter is threatening our future generation, it is better to invest in multiple talents instead of just one high specialty. That's my two cents. You are all are more educated and experienced so I hope you already have a better plan for your kids.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Android app testing

This is a test post using android app

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