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Playing at the edge of AI

"Blondie24 tells the story of a computer that taught itself to play checkers far better than its creators ever could by using a program that emulated the basic principles of Darwinian evolution--random variation and natural selection-- to discover on its own how to excel at the game." -from the back cover of the book Thanks to Hollywood movies, I need not tell you what is Artificial Intelligence other than that it is a simple thought that what if you can teach intelligence to machines (Thinking Machines!). Some people argue that Artificial Intelligence is a paradox (oxymoron?) whereas others still dream of creating a 'Digital Einstein' - who (or which?) can really 'think' and discover new wisdom! 'Blondie24:Playing at the edge of AI ' written by Chief Scientist, David Fogel, Ph.D is a good book which deals with a bottom-up approach application of AI. He argues that the famous 'Deep Blue' , IBM computer which beat Grandmaster Gary Kasparov had

Google:Looking Closer

Google Week – Few weeks ago, I compiled a bunch of articles on Google. In case, if you had missed, here are they!                Once upon a time – How did the 'G' story start? The Search is On – Two students came together to create a search!           Google Trivia! – Some interesting one-liners about Google                        Did Google founders see a future? – Did they foresee?         10 Lessons from Google! – What philosophies drive Google?         Google: Faster & Richer – A current look at their economy.        They said, what? – Competition speaks Talks from Google – What they say from inside?            Google Glossary – Do you know what is a 'Google Whack'?         Things we didn't know about Google – Little known things about Google            Who is next Google? – Who is going to be the next search giant? How to kill Google? – Well, assuming they are going to be an industry, can anybody beat Google

Amul Butter Girl

Call her the Friday to Friday star. Round eyed, chubby cheeked, winking at you, from strategically placed hoardings at many traffic lights. She is the Amul moppet everyone loves to love (including prickly votaries of the Shiv Sena and BJP). How often have we stopped, looked, chuckled at the Amul hoarding that casts her sometime as the coy, shy Madhuri, a bold sensuous Urmila or simply as herself, dressed in her little polka dotted dress and a red and white bow, holding out her favourite packet of butter. For 30 odd years the Utterly Butterly girl has managed to keep her fan following intact. So much so that the ads are now ready to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest running campaign ever. The ultimate compliment to the butter came when a British company launched a butter and called it Utterly Butterly, last year. It all began in 1966 when Sylvester daCunha, then the managing director of the advertising agency, ASP, clinched the account for Amul butter. The b

Want to read your Favourite Blogs?

Like you, I also read most of the blogs from MSN Spaces, Blogger or Typepad. It's often difficult to read by visiting my blogs regularly. Google Reader simplifies this task of reading your favourite blogs. Go to Google Reader and login using a Gmail account's Username and Password. For example, to read my postings, all you need to do is to add the feed to your Google Reader using 'Add Subscription'. That's it, you will receive full text and notifications whenever I post new things to my Space . And also, you can use 'Search for new Content' to find feeds on any topic. Enjoy!!

Bollywood Dreams

I watched this video Bollywood Dreams by Jonathan at Using a unique style of telling stories with photogaphs, photographic storytelling, the photographer wonders the obsession of people to watch movies and movie-stars. Watch it yourself!

Google brings its Maps to Mobile!

Combining directions, maps, and satellite imagery, Google Local for mobile is a free download that lets you find local hangouts and businesses across town or across the country — right from your phone. Detailed directions: Whether you plan to walk or drive, your route is displayed on the map itself, together with step-by-step directions. Integrated search results: Local business locations and contact information appear all in one place, integrated on your map. Easily movable maps: Interactive, draggable maps let you zoom in or out, and move in all directions so you can orient yourself visually. Satellite imagery: Get a bird's eye view of your desired location. Originally posted by Matt Waddell, Google Mobile Team

Memento - Exceptional!

Image Courtesy: "A man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt down his wife's killer." - this plot line is from IMDB ( A brilliant screenplay starts with killing of the villain (by hero Leonard) in a shabby place (climax!) traces back the reasons behind the killing. The story is narrated in two-fold by the hero Leonard Shelby. The director presents a challanging experience for viewers to decipher the stroyline. Some of the quotes I liked n the movie "Memory can change the shape of a room; it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They're just an interpretation, they're not a record, and they're irrelevant if you have the facts." - Leonard "I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do


"Study and in general the pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives." -Albert Einstein Text and Image Courtesy:

How to kill Google?

Even the biggest party has to end one day! Here’s how to topple Google in their own game. This article draws inspiration from wired magazine special edition ‘ Googlemania ’ published during it’s first IPO season. Also, lately I came across some research papers on the pitfalls in Search Giant’s approach. #1. Build a search engine which can crawl every webpage ever created on this planet. Google or any other search engine as a matter of fact, still scratching the surface of the web and about 80% of the deep web remains unexplored. Some estimates say that the deep web (invisible from any search engine) is 550 times greater than the normal web space. “ Google has 3 billion pages in its database, with AlltheWeb and Inktomi close behind. But there may be a trillion more pages hiding in plain sight - in online databases such as WebMD and The New York Times ' archive, and they can't be reached by hopping from one link to another” #2. Can you index and save a history of every webpage