Monday, September 19, 2005

The human, the machine and knowledge!

Artificial intelligence is a mix of understandable domains, yet very misunderstood as a unit. It involves both knowledge and intelligence, management and skill. It is a program expected to behave like both a human being, and a greased machine. I guess, the key to understanding intelligence is to gather the corners of knowledge, and then the minds orients itself in a maze, it truly understands and contributes to. So, in my opinion Knowledge Management plays a key role in digging out creativity, in assembling facts and intelligence.

A friend of mine, owns this blog with ideas that give us the edge in understanding knowledge!

Monday, September 12, 2005

The A-Train and the Federer-Express!

...a match of a lifetime indeed! Not a victory of might over right, not one of plain top seeds of the same era who fight each other each grand slam final and retire as contemporaries, but one of a legend and an artist! Both had something to show the world - timeless skill and unstoppable magic.

Being an ardent Federer fan myself, I hoped for a change this US Open final. The second set was a treat to watch with Agassi's return of serve proving to be the best, tennis has ever had! I think Federer has a genie hidden is his pocket, that grants him three wishes a day, and he uses them at sets he wishes to win in the match :)

An entralling watch indeed - of a timeless champion, and the other an unstoppable genius; one where I could at no point take sides, but admire how lucky the game of tennis must be to have such a match-up of grit and valour to glorify it!

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Agassi again!

The man makes his opponent dance across the court, not with pleasure, but pain. Ginepri, with both his bicep and speed, was no match to Agassi's skill in the game. Ginepri is very instantaneous, spontaneous, that are both his advantage and let down. For Ginepri, nothing is more frustrating than to have all it takes and have no chance to flaunt it! For a five setter, be it on a day when lady luck sees you or not, it is all about how you pull off your winners in the decider games. And Agassi has done just that!

With Ginepri: 4-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6
With Blake: 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6
With Malisse: 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 4-6, 6-2

He sure has a mid-match plot that gives a speedster a run for his match!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Independence and responsibility

Independence and responsibility are two opposite human values, both cherished with equal fortitude and looked upon with awe. There have been heroes personifying either of these values with integrity in both fiction and life - Howard Roark for independence and Batman for responsibility :)

I have so often fallen into the trap of these values, and found myself in a mental conflict, on what to stand by. If I were the only human being on the planet, and if humans were not really "social animals", as anthropologists put it, I would innately cling to the value of independence. I would probably like responsibility to spring from independence. The only ones who would have responsibility truly "innate", are those with super powers like Superman (who by the way, was from Krypton, and should not really be a part of our discussion). Born unique, and a step ahead of the comman man, Superman or Batman can beget other values with ease, only because of being looked upon with awe. But for a mortal like Howard Roark, or any of us, we strive to build the power within us through independence. To sway among these values, for me, has been the most conflicting phase, where I tend to seek for answers in history or re-think if we really have a social code that deserves to be heeded.

I for one, would like to consider the value of responsibility only as an instantaneous manifestation, not a cultural one. The government is expected to function to protect the well-being of its state, to ensure its self-sufficiency, its independence. However, what we see now, is the meek cultural security provided by the government. With the longest written constitution, which to me is the biggest blunder commited by India at the very start, do the indians need to form a species of their own, by memorizing a social code written in paranoia by a select group of social leaders? The constitution only manifests the incomprehendable facet of responsibility, and not the purity of independence. I was forced to memorize the fundamental rights and duties as an eight year old, when I did not even know how cultural diversity should affect us. I'd get full marks if I listed them all right in my exams, and get nothing if I had written none. But as a grown up citizen, had I to violate even one of the duties, I have a fat chance of escaping scot-free, if I bore some clout, or condemned into a prison if I was a nobody.

I guess, the point I am trying to make here is, we are probably drawing hard lines, and not counting on ourselves, our independence. As children, we have spent a lot of time in rote and given credit for it, and little time to heed to the intellect (and feeling), natural in us, that it takes me nearly seven and twenty years to write an article of virtues, that I do not command as yet.