Can you win over Destiny with your Intellect?

When I was a little girl, Grandpa TVS would tell me “Vithiyai Mathiyal Vellalam”.
It meant “You can win over destiny/fate with your intellect”.

So, I grow up believing it. Every challenge that I faced or option that I was given or curve ball I was thrown, I calculated every move like a chess-player. I calculated not only what the next move should be….but played out in my mind several subsequent steps……..then played it all backwards….until I knew what optimal step to take next.

I practiced that skill relentlessly and got better and better at it.I could see my life playing with fate and winning over it.

Until, one day, finally, I believed “Vithiyai Mathiyal Vellalam”.

Then, I started growing up. I started understanding a nuance with the fate-intellect drama that unfolded in my life. Only when I had a major role in controlling an outcome, I was able to have a higher success rate with winning over fate.

There were several situations I encountered where more than one party controlled the outcome.
Family. Friends. Work. Teams.

I expected rationale behavior. But, I was disappointed to learn there isn’t a thing as rationale behavior when it comes to personal relationships. Humans do what they think is right for them.
While we hate to admit this, we are driven emotionally (subconsciously)….especially with family and friends. Work behavior is more rationale than personal behavior….because, for many people, less is at stake in work situations.

I also understood what my definition of success, outcome, winning over fate might not be another person’s cup of tea. Some folks are completely comfortable with fate ruling their life. I came to understand acceptance is also a strategy to lead a peaceful life. While I initially found that shocking, over the years, I have come to empathize and respect that point of view.

After all, isn’t part of life’s learning about seeing others perspective too?

So, now, I have the following observation based on life experience.
Even with the best of intentions, I might find it difficult to win over fate in group settings.

I simply am unable to win over fate in group settings…..how much ever I try…and, trust me, I can be quite the force to reckon with when I think fate it going to beat me in the game.

That said, I ain’t giving up or accepting failure….not this early in the game.

Because, I trust Grandpa TVS and his wiseness.
If he said “Vithiyai Mathiyal Vellalam”, it means I can do it.

I will continue to wage ware with fate…with all my might and all my intellect.

I hope you do too.

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On Genetic Theory for Food Preference

I have a theory..it is called Ambal’s Genetic Theory for Food Preference.

Fear not. I won’t use fancy words like alleles, zygote, epigenesis, gemmules in my theory.

I will use simple words to make it easy for you to understand and appreciate the theory. The theory goes like this.

Ambal’s Genetic Theory for Food Preference – The mom’s food preference genes is passed on to the second child.

That is it.

Don’t pull a smart aleck on me and ask “How do you know?”
I have proof. Ari loves the stuff that I love; drumstick sambar, gobi manchurian, tapioca pudding, coffe, chai etc.

What is your theory on food and/or food preference?

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On the Necessity for Two Minds

Two minds is what I need,
I asked of God indeed,
One to pine, wallow and wither,
The other to forget and live on.

If days and nights are an either or,
If joy and sorrow are two,
If togetherness and separation are not one,
One mind cannot be sufficient.

Transliteration in English of Poet’s Kannadasan famous song:

Irandu Manam Vendum
Iraivanidam Ketten
Ninaithu Vaada Ondru
Marandhu Vaazha Ondru

Iravum pagalum irandanaal ,
Inbam thunbam irandaanaal ,
Uravum pirivum irandaanaal,
Ullam ondru podhathe.

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On Wiping your Slate Clean

We are born with a clean slate.
No knowledge of ourselves.
No memories.
No worldly things.
No clutter.
Nothing.

Well mostly…nothing.
According to the Hindu believes, we all go through multiple births and carry our karma forward. But, let us not get into that discussion. Let us save that discussion for another day and time.

Today, let us focus on how we are all born with a clean slate and the subsequent happenings.

After we are born, we are given an identity.
Girl. Boy. Name.
We are told “Here is your hand. Here is your legs. Here is Dada. Here is Amma.”
As we call out Ma or Da…everybody around us rejoices.

We start hoarding memories in the biochemicals in our brain.
Our dear ones around us tell us – “These are your clothes. These are your toys.”

We grow up and put more stuff in our brains…without any garbage cleaning ever.
We start hoarding fat around our bodies.
We don’t purge.

Then, worst of all, we start hoarding things.
Car. House. Stuff in our drawers.

I want you to pause here.
Seriously.
Pause.
Look around yourself.
Look at your house.
Look at your car.
Look at the pantry.
Look at the drawers.
Look at the cabinets.
Look inside yourself.

See the crap?
Do you see it?

We think it is ours.
Stuff..that we can’t take with us anywhere.
Let us assume….an earthquake hit us….a hurricane…can we take this stuff that lies all around us. Or, God forbid, death takes us.

The fancy furniture.
The fancy clothes.
The fancy bags.

Can we take all this stuff?
No. We can’t.

We might not even be able take to our most precious belonging….the people that we love.
We will have to leave everything behind when death overcomes us.

Ma. Dada. Our legs. Our hands.
Everything.

Fire will take us over. Or the Earth.

We will be consumed.
We will be returned to dust.
Star dust.
Where we all started.

I urge you to think about this.
Declutter the clutter.
Around you and inside you.
Wipe the slate clean.

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5 real world stories on how Artificial Intelligence and Data Science are helping humanity

#1 On the wings of analytics

Aircraft manufacturers, like Boeing, Airbus and Embraer have been developing data driven technology to predict critical aircraft equipment remaining useful life. This data drive prediction technology has been disruptive from a safety perspective given that in the ideal scenario there would not be unscheduled maintenance or unforeseen failure events that could cause the occurrence of disruption occurrence affecting thousands of passengers flying over the world. Machine learning has been massively applied to flight data and failure history databases, in order to predict flight equipment degradation.

#2 I, robot lawyer

The advent of cognitive computing came up with new possibilities on the automation of activities that depends on the knowledge and experience of a human about a specific domain. Ross is an automatic question-answering system that allows lawyers to research in natural language (voice and texting) on tons of documents and get a passage of interest. Ross became the world’s first AI attorney.It is powered by IBM Watson, a cognitive computing platform that enables machine learning application on legal data.

#3 I, robot doctor

Watson, IBM cognitive computing platform, has been deployed to diseases diagnostics for cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. This has been used mainly in US and also a recent initiative has been started in Brazil to recommend better treatment for cancer. Watson has been taught on those diseases symptoms from documents; tests have been successful in US. Watson learns and reviews its knowledge frequently based on verified and validated information from doctors, documents and books.

#4 AI and Breast Cancer

Imagine a 40-years old woman that realizes a lump in her breast. Her clinician takes a tissue sample and sends it to a pathologist.  Upon reviewing tissue sample pathologist will essentially define her future with their diagnosis, determining whether she has cancer or not. The work of pathologist is kind of like finding black cars on a city satellite image. Pathologists do this with tissue for hundreds of patients every day, looking for cancerous cells in each. Startups in US, Europe and China are developing AI-based technology, as AI-based image diagnosis, that assists pathologists in making rapid and accurate diagnoses for every patient, every time. That way patients can receive the best possible treatment and live the best possible life. AI-based technology is also building solutions to help identify patients that benefit from novel therapies, to make scalable personalized medicine a reality.

#5 AI to the rescue

Crisis management is an important issue for humans  who have to deal with natural calamities such as floods, inclement weather, earthquakes and so on. Intelligent systems to deal with events of crisis as aforementioned have been developed for institutes such as Fraunhofer to help in deployment of rescue resources for assistance, based on information from government about city occupation and infrastructure and information from social media on the occurrences. A derivative of crisis management is disruption management in airline operations, big companies as Sabre and Amadeus, along with startups as Masdima have been developing smart solution to help airline make decision whenever a disruption happens, taking into account passengers needs and resources availability such as crew, aircraft and airport.

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