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(Anti) Social Media

I bumped into an elderly co-passenger in train the other day who was struggling to manage his contacts on phone. Sensing that I am a technology guy (due to my laptop, I guess) he asked me for help. Now for any of us who have grown in the word of technology, this is certainly not the most difficult problem to solve. Sure enough, I helped him out and was satisfied to see a smile on his face.

A gentle introduction to Machine Learning

One of the better introductions to Machine Learning I have come across till now. It is at a very high level, I must admit, but the non-mathematical intuition behind the most basic and fundamental algorithms of Machine Learning has been very nicely covered with appropriate examples. Good job, Luis Serrano. Do check out!

YOLO: Real-time Object Detection

Gave a talk today in the Machine Learning reading group of CSE@IITB. What could have been a better choice than something hot off the press from CVPR 2016? YOLO’s claim to fame is that it is the most accurate real-time object detector and is also the fastest object detector in literature today. Here is the presentation I made. Enjoy!

ADEPT

Need to give a talk or conduct a lecture? Wondering what is one of the more effective ways of explaining a concept to somebody who has absolutely no idea of what it is about? Try A.D.E.P.T. This idea from Kalid Azad of betterexplained.com seems quite interesting. A - Analogies D - Diagrams E - Examples P - Plain Language T - Technical Definition [Image courtesy: alistapart.com]

Summer School on Deep Learning for Computer Vision

I am currently in Hyderabad attending a 6-day summer school on deep learning for computer vision organized by Center for Visual Information Technology, IIIT Hyderabad. Couldn’t have asked for a better start to my PhD - with renowned speakers presenting the state-of-the-art in this space and with lots of hand on lab sessions. If you are interested in deep learning in general and in deep learning for computer vision in particular, do checkout this wonderful compilation of available resources.

A bug in fMRI software could invalidate 15 years of brain research

Not that I like to condemn our scientific and technological advancement (as a research scientist at IIT Bombay I myself am full time into it) but I want to make a point that when people label faith (in God/spirituality) as unscientific, they may be failing to understand that what is “scientific” also demands some kind of faith, if you understand what I mean. According to a recent post in science alert, a bug in fMRI software could invalidate 15 years of brain research!

Hats off to the creativity of whoever has made this video!

If you have ever worked in industry for some time, you have attended quit a bit of “conf calls over phone”. This is a really creative video depicting how an “audio” conf call would “look” if it were to! :) A must watch.

Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016

According to the World Economic Forum, these technologies have potential to “transform industries, improve lives, and safeguard the planet.” The list includes some technologies that have been known for a number of years, but are only now reaching a level of maturity where their impact can be meaningfully felt: Nanosensors and the Internet of Nanothings — With the Internet of Things expected to comprise 30 billion connected devices by 2020, one of the most exciting areas of focus today is now on nanosensors capable of circulating in the human body or being embedded in construction materials.

Life = Soul, not Heart - Man goes 555 days without one!!

According to the Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Krishna in Bhagavad Gita 18.61, this body is like a machine, with various organs equivalent to different parts/instruments of the machine. Else where in 2.20 He describes the driver or the operator of the machine as us, the living beings, the spirit soul which is indestructible. Interestingly, the following recent news is inline with the above facts mentioned in Bhagavd Gita. Do read and share!

Mega Youth Festival - Drishti

Mark your calendars for 20th March 2016! A mega youth festival “Drishti” is going to be organized in Pune which will have feast for eyes, ears, tongue and soul with music, drama, international artists and cultural extravaganza. It will be organized around the theme “Bharat leads the world”. Don’t miss! Here it is on Facebook.