Wondered Why it Takes Longer Now to Find the “Perfect” Selfie?

If you are not in your teens, the number of selfies you need to take before you find the Instagram/Facebook-worthy one is an exponential function of your age!

AI/Machine Learning Scorecard: Correlation Pass | Causation Fail

AI/Machine Learning lacks the ability to compute cause and effect. It is at the first level in the ladder of causation where learning is based purely on association. Judea Pearl, a leading computer scientist/professor of computer science/statistics and director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory at UCLA, in his important book “The Book of Why”, explains that AI/ML in the current state, lacks human like cognition and cannot reason why. Read more to find out…

Who will the Google Assistant Serve- When No Man Can Serve Two Masters!

Sundar Pichai unveiled the new AI-powered “Voice Assistant” at the recent Google IO conference to an ecstatic crowd. But, let us take a moment to think- is this to be unequivocally welcomed? Who is the real master of our friendly Google Assistant?
You or Google? Should we be excited or worried about the Google Assistant?
Read more to find out… Who will the Google Assistant Serve- When No Man Can Serve Two Masters!

Why Zuck is right in thinking that we won’t pay for an Ad-Free Facebook?

What is the minimum that needs to be paid for an “Ad-Free” Facebook? $10, $5 or $1? If Facebook is a media company,  the closest paid media service is Netflix. The minimum subscription for Netflix is $8 per month. So, would you pay $8 per month for Facebook? That’s about how much you would have to pay for using ad-free, no data harvesting policy Facebook. Are we really willing to pay for an “Ad-Free” Facebook? Read more to find out….

Defending Facebook in 8 Arguments

Privacy Concerns are overblown. We are okay with our $20,000 purchase of a car being influenced by an ad targeted on Facebook based on our uniqueness, but we(media/ political parties?) feel moral outrage if we as a voter are exposed to targeted ads which may influence our political choice.As I write this,  Facebook stock is getting battered and many(govt. and regulators) are baying for its blood. However, I believe a defense can be mounted before the people’s court- the 2.2 billion people who are on Facebook.
Zuckerberg will bring in changes and we definitely will forgive and forget. Read my arguments…

#BuyAndTellPrice- Say No to Individual Price Discrimination

Ever wondered after snagging that deal on Amazon (45 % off!), whether it was the best possible deal? Did someone get better deal yesterday or last week? Worse still, is someone getting a better deal right now? It is now more possible than ever before for Amazon to price a product differently to different people (based on their assessed ability to pay or desperation/need for the product) at the same time, and no one is the wiser!  So let us start a movement #BuyAndTellPrice. Each time we purchase a product- not just rate the product but also write the price of at which we bought it.

The AI Paradox

From definitional issues of AI to the huge debate on AI leading to job losses, this article briefly addresses the AI paradox. Is AI any different from Machine Learning? What kinds of jobs at risk? People might imagine that AI driven automation will mainly replace manual labour which is not intellectually demanding, the reality is that the opposite is true: AI driven automation, is much more suited to intellectually demanding tasks. Put another way, if you wanted to beat chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, you would choose a computer. If you wanted to clean the chess pieces after the game, you would choose a human being. What is easy for humans is difficult for Robots and vice-versa, which is the Moravec’s paradox of AI. Read more to find out…

Is the Internet Shrinking?

The last decade has seen a transformation in the way knowledge is produced and consumed. But who controls the knowledge? From 23,500 websites in the early days of internet (1995), it has grown to over 1.3 billion websites today. We thought the internet will allow free expressions, there will be millions (actually billions :)) of web sites and everyone can have a place under the sun and self-publish, get their words across. We thought it was the end of the gatekeepers. But we see
that the internet is actually shrinking! And why? If everyone speaks at the same time, can anyone be heard? ? Read more…

Race to the Trillion Dollar Valuation- Who will win?

GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) as these highly valued tech-giants are called, are in an exceptional race towards a $1 trillion valuation. Whoever gets there first will exercise ineffable influence over our economy, public policy, and consumer behaviour. So who will hit the Trillion Dollar mark first? Read more to find out…

I Got Your Attention- But it is worth less than a 10th of a cent (as per Facebook)

There is fight for attention, but attention itself is cheap. Now if this article has reached you, Facebook deigned that it could be of your interest. Facebook gave me an offer to promote my blog post for USD 3 to reach 5400 people. But I could have force fed it to you for just 4 Indian Paise(less than a 10th of a cent). All of us are economic agents for Facebook and Google. Even when you are idling in office (on internet), you are making money for someone, if not for your boss/employer. And this part-time wealth creation venture of yours is what enables you to read for such fantastic content that are you are about to read now. Read more…