My Relationship with Technology

15 Jul

As the years roll on, my relationship with technology is becoming more and more intimate. And just like any other relationship sometimes I get delighted, insecure, possessive, and angry with technology. I take technology for granted and set high-higher expectations from it.  But unlike any other personal relationship, I just cannot leave technology. May be it is what they call as true love.

I know that I’d be better off staring at the night sky, walking on the beach, or simply watching the clouds. And yet I am staring at the screen while my fingers type these words and the time passes by without me noticing. But as I said that my relationship with technology is just like any other relationship in my life. Although I know a lot about technology, but there are still many things that I don’t or maybe it’s best that I don’t get to know. I have built an unconditional trust with technology and any alteration in it would leave me to wonder was it the one? Still, my greatest concern is the word “Artificial Intelligence”, which says that technology will develop an artificial consciousness and will change the future of human kind and not the other way around.  It sounds crazy to me as in any relationship I see a stronger personality, who control and steers the relationship. Then I wonder how is this different?

Maybe I know what it is.  May be technology doesn’t love me as much as I love technology!

And I think it’s not technology which is at fault. It is how I have defined it to be. There’s something strange and fascinating about technology tricking me to believe that. I have built a Technosphere around me, which to some degree keeps my dependency on technology. I have forgotten how life is on the other side of Technosphere and I will never get to know now.

 

The Question is not IF, but WHEN!

27 Jun

Down here life continues, the traffic is awful, the stocks goes on trading, sun is rising and setting, human are becoming more and more conscious. But up there in the vast darkness of the universe, asteroids are lurking following a definitive path beautifully defined by the Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Some stray too close to earth and some are too far away to be ever discovered. A few call them waste of deep space but if you happen to be on one of them there will be no doubt that it’s not home. Asteroids preserve organic materials since who knowns when, may be even the beginning of solar system.

Say an asteroid crashed into earth billions of years ago, may be it delivered the organic material and water; the raw ingredients of life. It may have also sowed the seeds of life that evolved into us.

Say it crashed into the earth now. Think of the dinosaurs being wiped out by an asteroid strike. It’s only a question of time. Eventually we will go the way of the Dinosaurs.

So before they find us, let’s find them on Asteroid Day (30th June) @ https://asteroidday.org/live/

If life on earth wipes out leaving behind only a few us, we will be homeless, adrift, and purged on a hostile earth. We will have to leave everything behind to create a new world on still what will be known as earth.

Will it be the same? Will we be the same?

Dead….line

28 May
Do you get things done?
Let me ask a slightly different question, “Do you get things done on time?”
These days it seems that not many people do. The norm is to be late whether it is finishing a task within deadline or showing up to a meeting. And yes, some people do take pride in that!
Do you know where the word deadline comes from?  From earliest uses, it refers to:
A line that was drawn around a prison.  If prisoners crossed this line they could be shot dead on sight.
Hence, the word…deadline.
Would people get things done on time… if they were going to be shot???
How often do you see people asking for an extension or simply not completing the work on time?
Oh well, who cares? Very nonchalant. It has become acceptable in modern culture. Workers get away with it, because it is the norm… everyone does it. Our society has conditioned us to ignore deadlines. And there are booming industries build around not meeting deadlines (for instance belated birthday cards). Almost everything now has an early registration and a late registration. Even with penalties and additional charges, many people still choose the late registration. Now, why would anyone choose the late registration that costs more?   Well, that is exactly what you do when you are not organised enough to get things done on time (also known as Life Friction).
What is Life Friction?
Life friction is the rubbing that occurs in daily life due to poor planning, preparation, and action. Life friction is the cascading effect that happens to you due to your disorganisation. Life friction adds stress.
However, people have started believing in the paradox that being organised brings additional stress to your life.
 
Some other innate reasons why people do not adhere to the deadlines are:
  • Self-conceit
  • Procrastination
  • Absentmindedness
  • No repercussions for missing a deadline
  • Not giving a damn
And if you need some motivation to keep to your deadlines, just think…”Whoa…what was that part about being shot???”

Link: https://timemanagementninja.com/2010/02/5-ways-to-win-with-deadlines/

Our place in the Universe

28 May
“Equipped with his five senses,
Man explores the universe around him
And calls the adventure Science”
                                                          Edwin P. Hubble
Things around us aren’t always what they seem. In the everyday world we use a simple scale, ourselves, to know what is small and what is large. But what about the worlds that lie beyond; what is truly large and what is truly small?
Sometimes I wonder life beyond the earth on those countless other planets that circle other Suns. Is there also life! Does the beings on other worlds resemble us? Or would they be astonishingly different? What would they be made up of? How common is what we call life in the vast darkness of the universe?
Our purpose of life on earth and our quest for life elsewhere are the same side of a coin. The search for who we are.
We are made of organic molecules that came from the immense cloud of star dust, which we call the stuff of life. These organic molecules are abundant in the universe produced by the same chemistry everywhere. Perhaps, given enough time the origin and evolution of life in inevitable. There will surely be planets too hostile for life, but on some fraction of worlds there may be lifeforms more intelligent than us. And our blue planet is one of them, where life evolved as complex as we.
There is no generally agreed upon long term vision of the goal of our species, other than of course simple survival. Especially when the times are hard, we become unreceptive to dashed hopes and much more willing to hear that we are special, more special than the air we breathe and the water we drink. And we never mind even if the evidence is paper thin. We never think that the evidence of life somewhere else would be so repeatedly and thoroughly incompatible with position that we humans are the center stage in the universe. But, what’s the alternative? To be certain in an uncertain world’! To adopt the comforting belief system no matter how out of place the facts there is. If we do not know what is real then how can we deal with reality? How can we be sure which of the thousands of human belief system should become ubiquitous?
For practical reasons we can live for only finite amount of time to know the answers.
People get some kind of satisfaction in putting humans down and thinking that there is one Supreme Being. Why can’t we find a way in which we are superior? Then again, If God is dispassionate and unresponsive to human need and we are not the apple of God’s eye, there is no doubt that man may feel himself and has often felt himself a great too insignificant to be the object of any particular divine training or care. If earth be considered as an ant mound and life and death of humans can be considered as life and death of so many ants, which run in and out of so many holes in search of food and sunlight, it is quite certain that no adequate importance will be attached to the duties of human life. In this debate I sometimes feel cold and discouraged in the predefined mantras of science and religion.
But if universe is infinite and big bang was just a cusp of current state of the cosmos then cause and effect is redundant.
So do we have a choice of choice? Does it even matter what our choice is?
And to think, did God have any choice in creating the universe?

Band Aid Remedy for Japan

28 May
Japan is in the center of debate after the world’s third-largest economy entered its fourth technical recession in five years. Will a band aid remedy suffice or a more robust solution is required to lift the country out of economic stagnation?
Either way, the current figures are ripping off the band aids of Abenomics from the economy; exposing the wounds to the whole world. Since the start of “Abenomics” in 2012, Japan moved back to the center of attention of global financial markets. After 25 years of economic stagnation, hopes were high that Japan would escape its long sluggishness. Abenomics actually worked for a while, but now it is moving in reverse. Plenty of economists around the globe hoped that, Japan would show the Western world, mainly the Eurozone, the way to get free from the shackles of economic crisis and avoid a similar long period of low growth and stagnating incomes.
Conversely, the failure of Abe’s plan for Japan’s recovery would not only be a disaster for the country of the rising sun but also be very bad news for central bankers and politicians in the West as well. It would prove that Keynesian policies don’t work in a world of too much debt and shrinking populations.
On the top of all this Japan is suffering from the “paradox of thrift”. Japanese are saving more because of which demand of goods is falling, thus impelling its economic stalling.
Therefore we can say that the growth engine of Japan is rapidly running out of fuel and the country needs a great leap in productivity, which is hard to attain at a time when the workforce is shrinking due to the ageing population. The only easy way to get Japan growing again is to increase exports, however a surging yen is eating into current exporters’ profits.
Simply put, Japan needs more than a strip of band aids to kick-start the country’s struggling economy.
As declared by Abe in a news conference that, “Tomorrow will definitely be better than today!” we also hope that Japan again pulls itself out to pastures in the rising sun.

I cannot spell anymore!

28 May
I remember my teachers reciting us words and their spellings during primary school. Till about four years back I had a good hold of spellings. Then came reports that had to be typed on a laptop. The contemporary world gives us many provisions. A few improve our existence (maybe) and some depreciate it. The spell-checker is one such fad.

The spell-checker is a grand application, it keeps me from committing horrendous and careless inaccuracies, however it has made my spelling so much frail. I was scripting a matter telling someone that something was for their convenience. And I couldn’t spell convenience!It’s not that convenience is an overly straightforward word. My guess, if you asked 10 people how to spell it, or other words like conscientious, a momentous number would either err or wouldn’t even attempt. That’s not the point. The point is that I should have known how to spell it but the spell checker has just made my spelling scrawny.

What did I do? I saw the squiggly red underline below what was the obviously misspelled word and right-clicked to get a list of suggestions on the proper spelling. Sure enough, there in the list was the proper spelling.

Whenever you don’t use something, you slowly lose it. The little finger on the toes for instance. The appendix. The tail.

I use my knowledge of spelling less and less, I just let the computer do it.

Conceivably sometimes too convenient is simply too convenient.

..now this is a really wierd statement..or is it weird?