Gurukul Recruiter!

There was a time when parents performed tapasya for having a kid like Lord Vishnu, and that’s how Vasudeva and Devaki might have ended up getting one in the form of Sri Krishna. 

Wonder, what today’s parents might be praying for?

To get a kid like Elon Musk or the likes of Bill gates, or even our own Tata’s and the Ambani’s! 😉

Well, times have changed, so why not the focus, many might argue.

And with changing times, skill sets that are supposed to run a nation or the world is slated to change big time as well.

With AI and Machine Learning, which have already become the buzz words, the time is not far, when the current technical skill sets that one has will become redundant.

Does it spell doomsday for the current educational setup?

Well, it would be too harsh to say that, though the focus of the very same might need to shift if they are to become relevant with changing times.

Seems like, there would be a need to go back to the fundamentals of education: manav nirmaan. 

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Does that mean, that the ancient gurukul system will be revived?

Well, to a certain extent, yes; but may be within the ambit of the current modern education system, which will start to have its leanings towards the age-old sensibility.

Does it mean that those graduating from gurukul like set-up will become the sought for, when it comes to companies competing for recruiting good talent?

Might be, which would in turn, require the companies and for that matter, all organizations to have a completely different perspective on recruitment.

How soon it might happen, is anybody’s guess!

Slowly but surely, the world seems to be moving in that direction.

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The Artificial (AI) Temple!

If it was not for the machine learning (ML) and deep learning and any such concept which relates to Artificial Intelligence (AI), I wouldn’t have got married”, was what I heard when I attended one of the weddings recently.

The groom had no doubt that for him, Algorithm=God, for he hasn’t seen God but had certainly found the love of his life, courtesy one of the algorithms being implemented on the Facebook which helps one connect to someone whom you might know.

AI is no more a science fiction. Be it the suggestions of what you might buy, which you tend to see on the likes of Amazon, or be it the ML being used by the likes of IBM Watson, to help doctors diagnose better, AI seems to be affecting each and every aspect of our lives.

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Few might be skeptical of its use, suggesting the loss of jobs as a result of humans being replaced by machines and the resulting automation, few go on to suggest the efficient use of the same, focusing on the need for humans to develop new skills and keep evolving with time.

Few fantasize about machines taking on the humans on the lines of Matrix Triology, few go on to suggest the need for developing the machines with altruism as the basis of the same, where in machines learn from worthwhile models, which in turn enables the humans to act more responsibly and correctly, though the entire gamut of values and correctness might have their own proponents.

Whatever it might be, the day is not so far, when with or without the willingness of some, AI would start influencing all our decisions, and instead of people going to the pundits or the temples for consulting for marriage or otherwise, might actually start to approach the AI Temples build for the purpose.

Source for the Image: http://skumar813.blogspot.in/2011/04/day-in-nemmara-kerala-temple-festival_19.html

Game of Pixels!

From game of chairs to game of pixels, life seems to be revolving among images, be it of a 4-legged object which we all refer to as the chair, or the x cross x picture represented as collection of pixels.

The more you go deep in the subject of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the more you realize that you have just touched the tip of an iceberg, or a little beyond that ;).

Isn’t if fascinating enough that a machine can learn to do what a human does, learn to emulate, if not all, at least few aspects of our own thought process, experience the emotions in the form of an equation.

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Imagine, how a machine would read an image by converting the information stored in the pixels into a combination of (0,1) and then predicting whether it was a (0,1) or a (1,0), and depending on whether it was predicting correct, label it as being intelligent or not.

What correlations it draws analogous to what relations it develops with different parameters, reflects its ability to predict, ultimately coming down to its ability to learn.

Which makes me wonder, whether our life is nothing but a manifestation of a collection of pixels. The experiences we have, the stories we built around the same, the moments of pleasure and happiness that we spend with our near and dear ones, it’s all in the form of pictures that we tend to cherish through out our lives in the form of photo albums or Instagram images.

Wonder whether the zeroes and ones written for us, have already been predicted as ones and zeroes and we are just learning to decipher how these zeroes and ones change to ones and zeroes!

Source for the Image: http://feelgrafix.com/group/pixel.html