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AI washing

AXIOS FUTURE Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios   Zealous marketing departments, capital-hungry startup founders and overeager reporters are casting the futuristic sheen of artificial intelligence over many products that are actually driven by simple statistics — or hidden people. Why it matters:  This "AI washing" threatens to overinflate expectations for the technology, undermining public trust and potentially setting up the booming field for a backlash. The big picture:  The tech industry has always been infatuated with the buzzword du jour. Before AI landed in this role, it belonged to "big data." Before that, everyone was "in the cloud" or "mobile first." Even earlier, it was "Web 2.0" and "social software." About three years ago, every company became an "AI company," says Frank Chen, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a leading Silicon Valley VC firm.Now, investing in a purported AI startup requires detecti

We will have to set our agenda on the basis of our National Interests

Kashmir witnessed ISIS-level horror before the West was apprised on it: Columnist Sunanda Vashisht - Commentary Sunanda Vashist is a Kashmiri Pandit and had recently deposed in front of USA Congress Committee. Forget about Western Countries, we in India looked the other way when lakhs of Hindus and Sikhs were being subjugated to ethnic cleansing. Few hundred years back Hindus were in majority. Now there a handful of Hindu Families left in the Valley.  So long as Hindus don't care for the well being of fellow Hindus, there is nothing to stop more genecoides. Western Powers, led by USA has always looked at Kashmir issue , purely on the basis of self interest. Since the early 50s, USA interests in South Asia was mortgaged to Pakistan vis a vis Afghanistan and the larger Central Asian Republic. Now USA has been replaced with China. There are no permanent friends or foes, so long as mutual interests are protected. We will have to set our agenda on the b

Kerala is the most Radicalized Islamic State in our Country

Kerala is the most Radicalized Islamic State in our Country . The State  always had a very special relationship with the Arab Muslim World. With employment opportunities came petro dollars, export of wahabism and certainly lots of prosperity. The uninterrupted rule of pseudo secular parties - Communist and CONgress since 1947, has given lots of encouragement to the Jihadis. The rise of Popular Front of India, firm believer in Wahabi Islam , has made the state a very happy hunting ground for ISIS, Al Qaida. There were more than dozen Radicalized Muslims from Kerala , who had joined ISIS, Al Qaida and few had joined some of the Pakistan based Jihadi Group's. All the talk of education, employment opportunities, secular rule , financial stability etc weaning away the youth from joining JIHAD is a big HOAX. On the contrary the laxity shown by Communist and CONgress has emboldened people to openly defy the law of the land. They openly display ISIS, Al Qaida flags and take oath of alle

Remember the BRICS?

BRAmbel James LaLonde Remember the BRICS? Well apparently they are still on each other’s Christmas card list Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The BRICS label was coined by Goldman Sach’s Jim O’Neill to highlight the rise of new, emerging markets. With just over 40% of the world’s population and 30% of the GDP, it sort of made sense—at least it did back then in 2009. The BRICS were originally seen as the drivers of the transformation of the global economy. Ten years into the alliance Brazil and South America are weaker, Russia still has Putin (and its same old problems), and India and China are much, much stronger. On the whole, the alliance has had little impact on their ability as a unit to increase GDP, address education, security, workforce population changes, climate issues, and government debt. It remains to be seen if the BRICS can do anything as a bloc to protect their economies from the increasing structural disruption of the global economy, allowing for a mo


November 15, 20190 Summary India cannot take the current global empathy for granted forever. It may be better served to tweak its obsession with Pakistan by restraining its political leaders, service chiefs and the media against aggressive rhetoric on the neighbour. Such strategic `silence’  is more potent than military ops. by Prasad Nallapati India has finally shed its historical baggage.  Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masid land dispute got its legal resolution and Jammu and Kashmir a new status.  The two issues divided the country on communal lines for long giving ammunition to Pakistan to fish in troubled waters. With these contentious issues now behind, the onus is now on the BJP-led government to take the country to prosperity and better integration by removing any misgivings of the Muslim community, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir.  It’s an opportune time to terminally clip the ability of Pakistan to exploit fissures and secure the country and its people. Global Sympathies Ar

MHA cancels FCRA registrations of 1,807 NGOs and Institutions in 2019

MHA cancels FCRA registrations of 1,807 NGOs and Institutions in 2019; NGOs did not comply with FCRA rules    13-Nov-2019   Web Desk   All such NGOs and institutions have failed to provide information related to their annual income and expenditures for funds received from abroad from the last 6 years. After the Modi government came to power in 2014, the Home Ministry has canceled FCRA registration of more than 14,800 organizations.     New Delhi: The central government has cancelled FCRA registration of 1807 NGOs and educational institutions across the country in 2019. A Home Ministry release said that NGOs and educational institutions registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) have been barred from receiving funds from abroad. These organizations are accused of violating the FCRA norms or not complying with the rules.   With the cancellation of the FCRA registration, all these NGOs and educational institutions have been barred from receiving foreign f

79° longitudes: Shiva Temples

Very interesting - Can you guess what is common between all these prominent temples. 1. Kedarnath 2. Kalahashti 3. Ekambaranatha- Kanchi 4. Thiruvanamalai 5. Thiruvanaikaval 6. Chidambaram Nataraja 7. Rameshwaram 8. Kaleshwaram N-India Very interesting - Can you guess what is common between all these prominent temples. If your answer is they all are Shiva temples, you are only partially correct. It is actually the longitude in which these temples are located. They all are located in 79° longitudes . What is surprising and awesome is that how the architects of these temples many hundreds of kilometres apart came up with these precise locations without GPS or any such gizmo like that. 1. Kedarnath 79.0669° 2. Kalahashti 79.7037° 3. Ekambaranatha- Kanchi 79.7036° 4. Thiruvanamalai 79.0747° 5. Thiruvanaikaval 78.7108 6. Chidambaram Nataraja 79.6954° 7. Rameshwaram 79.3129° 8. Kaleshwaram N-India 79.9067° See the picture -- all are in a straight line. You will be surpr


By PG Kamath   It was Nehru who was very suspicious of the armed forces fearing a revolt.  One can excuse him that he did not comprehend the powerplay in international politics, till a year and a half before his death.  By the time, it was too late!  He was humiliated by the Chinese; died repentant with broken dreams and shattered ego. Tales have been told and innumerable articles have been written about his strategic naivety and his unmatched foolhardiness and there is nothing more to be told.  He has left behind a ‘case study’ as to how a head of the state can fall from grace for ‘undermining the Armed Forces’ and ‘incomprehension of geopolitical power games in the international arena’.  I heard somewhere that we should not flog a dead horse; so, let it be with Nehru. Now comes our current PM Modi.  He is a shrewd politician and understands the domestic intrigues and international shenanigans played by great and small powers.  He knows how to coalesce his domestic audience by ca


The CPD Blog is intended to stimulate dialog among scholars and practitioners from around the world in the public diplomacy sphere. The opinions represented here are the authors' own and do not necessarily reflect CPD's views. For blogger guidelines, click  here. Nov 7, 2019   by Given the seemingly inexorable force of technology, diplomacy today can hardly be practiced without an element of the digital. When the terms “digital” and “public diplomacy” come together, there are generally two broad meanings. One conversation is familiar to all of us in the field, focusing on how to develop and apply digital capabilities to public diplomacy efforts, commonly referred to as “digital diplomacy.” The other is the road less traveled: what public diplomacy means for advancing the digital economy and society. Both underlie the dynamic intersection where digital technology meets global affairs and public communication. We can call the former “digital for public diplomacy” and the l

Centre may create single agency for cyber defence

The new policy – National Cyber Security Policy 2020 - will emphasize cybersecurity awareness and hygiene. It is likely to suggest a cybersecurity course for schools and colleges curriculum. The move comes even as India faces renewed threat of cyber attacks and cyber terrorism (Photo: for representation purpose only)Updated: Nov 12, 2019 05:38 IST By Sudhi Ranjan Sen , Hindustan Times, New Delhi India may soon have a single authority or agency responsible for the entire spectrum of defensive cyber operations in the country, a senior official in a security agency said on condition of anonymity. The move comes even as India faces renewed threat of cyber attacks and cyber terrorism . For instance, the breach in a part of a network of India’s largest civil nuclear facility, the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu, in September. The attack did not compromise critical systems, but gained access to the plant’s administrative network. According to the o