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Indian Freedom Fighters — Were they someone’s terrorists?

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  In the wake of the heinous event of October 7th and the aftermath that followed, we are continually horrified by the news emerging from Israel and Gaza. Imagine how terrible it is for the people who are the news, living in that hellish condition on either side of the conflict. We, Bengalis, have a long tradition of meeting over the weekends — adda — and spending time having tea and trying to solve world problems. These often lead to severe argumentation. I guess fellow Bengali esteemed Prof. Amartya Sen, Noble Laurate, also pointed to this tradition in his book The Argumentative Indian (ISBN: 978–0312426026). So the topic came up whether the Indian Revolutionaries fighting against the British Raj were haloed freedom fighters or despicable terrorists. I am no historian, so with limited knowledge and coming from a family of “Indian Freedom Fighters,” I will attempt to rationalize why within a scope, the Indian revolutionaries were not terrorists by today’s definition. In the annals of

Religious Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence: My views

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  I am an Atheist. Born in a Hindu family, I have experimented with Christianity and Buddhism. Jokingly, I describe my journey from Many Gods to One and then None. I followed Hinayana Buddhism for a long time. Lately, I have been studying Lokayata/Carvaka school of the Hindu Darsana (philosophy). I like to be identified as a Hindu Atheist. Why Hindu? Because my birthplace is on the east side of the River Indus.
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How to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Teamwork Teamwork makes the dream work — an oft-used saying suggesting how effective collaboration allows two people or a team to realize their collective goals with a project. While people with multiple skill sets are admirable and possess flexibility, their skills are rendered meaningless if they cannot work well within teams. Every employee and employer relies on someone in some capacity to succeed. The strongest performing organizations achieve consistent success because they realize the importance of collaboration and its contribution to productivity. Especially during the pandemic, employees see the benefit of collaboration, with a stark increase in the usage of collaboration tools to help remote teams function in their respective environments. However, whether remote or in-person, it can be challenging to get a group of individuals with contrasting personalities and motivations to work in unison. Figuring how to get different people on the sam
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Quantum Machine Learning and Future of AI Quantum machine learning is a powerful tool that aims to power the digital transformation that so many organizations are gradually embracing. It is a data-driven aspect of automation that builds on the continued advancement of quantum computing, both in theory and practice. More startups, educational institutions, and organizations have adopted quantum computing, and the forecast for quantum computing is bright regarding the marketplace and the range of use cases. Quantum machine learning explores the interplay of concepts from quantum computing and machine learning, letting researchers examine how quickly quantum computers can evaluate machine models, among other things. Additionally, quantum machine learning allows for the leveraging of machine learning techniques to estimate quantum computing properties, discover error-connecting codes and create quantum algorithms. It’s a concept central to the future of artificial intelligence and computin
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Metaverse and the Future of Customer Interaction and Support The Metaverse continues to bridge the gap between virtual possibilities and reality, showing a next-generation model of the internet allowing businesses, social media users, and many others to illustrate new concepts. The metaverse offers an environment facilitating human-to-human and human-bot interaction, where people can conduct business, socialize, play video games, and shop. Imitating as much of the natural world as possible, the metaverse combines several technologies to present an unprecedented experience for all who connect with it. These technologies include: ● Augmented reality ● Mixed reality ● Cryptocurrency ● Artificial Intelligence ● Livestreaming The metaverse’s market size is projected to reach $800 million by 2024, and metaverse stocks are now widely available. Considering how valuable the metaverse is and the possibilities it creates, this 3D version of the world wide web will transform various industries. A

Access data anywhere using DataDistillr and your Oracle Cloud Credits

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DataDistillr is the “easy button” to join and query any data set without ETL or pipelines and publish to an API. What is DataDistillr “DDR” DDR is the leading enterprise data & analytics platform that dramatically decreases the time to insight by creating a real time virtual data lake that enables analysts, data scientists and business users to join, query and visualize data from any source with the click of a button - No ETL or coding required. Pre-built Enterprise “Connectors” to all your data sources  DDR connects to relational & non relational databases, APIs (Salesforces, Marketo, Hubspot, ServiceNow, Twilio, Stripe, etc.) and flat files (Excel, CSV, JSON & more), and runs queries, including joins, across all of these data sources using standard SQL without having to move, prep or orchestrate any data. Collaborate, publish & share both raw and curated data DDR one click API and messaging provides native functionality for users to: ● Easily collaborate with each o

The Metaverse and Digital Twinning

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  As 2022 is expected to be the year where the groundwork for the metaverse for the next decade, at least more tools are being utilized to accelerate metaverse adoption. The digital twin is one such tool that encapsulates and actuates the capabilities of the metaverse.  A term coined by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), digital twins are digital copies of physical objects; virtual representations that replicate these objects or processes in real-time. These twins are updated from the real-time data they collect and use simulation, as well as machine learning, to perfect decision-making. Digital twinning has several use cases. Healthcare professionals simulate rare illnesses and learn the correct techniques to care for these illnesses. At the same time, environmentalists use digital twinning to simulate different climate change extremes based on oceans and rainforests.  Digital twins are becoming increasingly popular thanks to the increased advent of augmented an

The Legal Rights of an Algorithm

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  At first glance, you might think how it’s possible for something that doesn’t have a mind, body, or soul to have any legal entitlement. After all, algorithms don’t have physical attributes, and their existence can’t be easily tracked unless you’re a tech specialist responsible for creating them.  However, while algorithms don’t have any physical attributes, they have become smarter over time, mimicking human behaviors and traits to produce actionable results. Initially, algorithms started as simple data sets combined in several valuable ways to create patterns. They generate suggestions and solutions that help guide you, whether you’re on social media or search engines, while also providing insights within several fields, including the legal, medical, and marketing fields. Algorithms also consistently correct their mistakes without requiring human intervention.  Believe it or not, algorithms have legal rights too. While many users are skeptical about algorithms because of security an

Resolving Emotionally Charged Conflicts

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  Conflict is inevitable and, while sometimes it can be a healthy thing, it undermines leadership and productivity for organizations, especially when they are emotionally charged. When emotions take hold of a conversation, it fragments relationships and disrupts the work culture, leading to uneasy collaborations and a challenging environment. And, with a challenging environment, an organization is more prone to losing employees, especially if it’s led by someone who consistently lets strong emotions cloud their better judgment.  Conflicts have become increasingly commonplace within organizations throughout the pandemic, with employee-employer disputes, mainly due to pandemic-motivated changes to work-life, including rigid hybrid models and complex remote working plans. Considering how much more employees are valuing their work-life balance and developing changing attitudes towards work, the importance of conflict resolution has been heightened. Leaders must show a combination of empath

How Being an Empathetic Leader Gets Results

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  The first trait that might come to mind when thinking about a good leader’s qualities is assertiveness. After all, you want people to take you seriously as a leader, to believe in every word you’re telling them so that you can garner respect and improve your business’ prospects for success. While assertiveness and assuredness are necessary, many leaders struggle with those traits and often let the power they have dictate how they should behave as leaders. As a result, they become distant, struggle to establish formidable relationships with their colleagues, and tune out reasonable suggestions due to the daily pressures they face on the job. Being a leader requires taking charge, but it also requires understanding and poise, particularly when undergoing crises or motivating employees to perform at their best. A leader who knows how to be empathetic helps colleagues get through challenging situations and drives productivity through engagement and vision-based ideologies. Leaders with e