It started with a tweet of a British Professor, Edward Anderson. We all might be familiar with this issue; people who use social media at least. Replying to a tweet of Zomato which asked people to name a food that they don’t like and many people yet love it. Edward Anderson, using his twitter account, retweeted the tweet saying that he finds Idly as the most boring thing in the world. And the tweets that followed created this Idly affair.

Edward Anderson’s tweet got viral because of the replies that Indians gave to him. It is evident that Indians got offended by this British tweet. Indians are quick at their feet when someone talks about India, and that too when someone not from India does that. After spamming Edward Anderson with curse words and calling him an idiot and tasteless person, I present this pragmatic question : what practical difference did it make? Did Edward Anderson’s taste buds get a firmware update to love Idlis?

His reply to the enraged tweets.

After clapping hands to people who spammed him and feeling proud for defending Idly, what did we achieve? Why is no one asking this question? As a South-Indian, I grew up eating Idly more than half of my life. And I have met numerous people who found Idly boring, and they were not Brits, they were my classmates, friends and acquaintances who were very much Indian. So let us bash everyone who hates Idly? I have even met many Indians who told me that they hate the very infamous Dosa! Now shall we go to their house and ask them to leave India?

It is up to common knowledge that likings and dislikings are subjective, which vary upon each person. Not every Indian loves Idly, let alone foreigners. From my experience, I know that most of the Americans love CoffeeCoffee, and the English are obsessed with their Tea. The famous singer, Sting even has a lyric about it in his song, Englishman in New York. The first line of that song is “I don’t drink Coffee, only Tea my dear…” Many Americans loved that song. People didn’t make videos on Sting dissing him that Coffee is tastier than Tea because we know that he was singing a song about his ‘Englishness’.

Similarly, If I replied to Zomato’s tweet by saying that I find Mac N Cheese boring and I don’t know why people love it, I don’t think I would go Viral, and no one would call me tasteless. How insecure we are to react upon a person’s opinion! If we know that Idly and a Hot sambar is what we love to eat, why prove it to someone who doesn’t? Why the intolerance towards someone’s opinion just because they are not Indian? It is a basic thing to understand that everyone in the world can not love what we love. 

If we assume that what we love is the only beautiful thing in the world and call the other people with other interests as ‘tasteless’, how immature must we be? How insecure and intolerant must we be to react and try to prove someone that the object we love is superior to their interests and they are idiots. It just means that we won’t let any other opinion in our ears and we want to hear what we love in the mouths of all the world. Not only is that thought childish, but it is also erroneous and dogmatic!

Can we eat Mac N cheese for breakfast? Can the Brits ever embrace Coffee? Can the South-Indians eat only Roti for dinner? These are questions we can not answer because to answer that we need to study every one of those individuals and form a data analysis and interpretation to check the most popular opinion. And in the end, the pragmatic question again, what practical difference would that make? Would you stop eating Dosa because someone told you they find it boring? If not, why would you argue with them that you love it? They never will. Why don’t you enjoy what you love by letting other people love and hate what they love and hate?

If, a word we use very often;
To express the regret of a situation
To repent on any given condition
But my dear,
Pause for a minute;
For life is too timid
To blame it on the if’s and but’s
When you got your gut to trust.

No matter how old you are
It’s true that age is just a number.
For losing is nothing bad
But not trying & giving in
Would just be a reason for if’s to add.
So stop and take a deep breath;
For you don’t know how far/near is the dance of death;
So shift, control & reset.

Be proud of your decision
Embrace the change;
For taking risks would only bring growth & range.
Let your emotions speak
Take the leap of faith
Just don’t let there be any hate.
Stand tall for you are one of a kind
& only you can get your peace of mind.

Marry the love of your life
Take that solo trip you always desired
Quit that job; from the one, you always wanted to be fired
And follow your passion & then get hired.
Let them if’s and but’s be bygone
For If you don’t follow your mind & heart;
Are you even living your life or
A life someone has bought?

Many of us have these question Why is that ends up with “n” number of additional questions! But in precise, I’m going to tell you “why we got to rush for AI.”

Artificial Intelligence, mostly known as AI, is the simulation of human intelligence by devices. In precise, it is the method by which devices demonstrate certain aspects of human intelligence like reasoning, learning, self- correction. Since its commencement, it has shown unprecedented growth. Artificial Intelligence has undoubtedly been a prime entity in today’s world, and it has demonstrated a robust exponential growth throughout. Innovations like Tesla’s Autopilot, Google’s DeepMind, Virtual assistants Siri, Alexa, Cortana are the best examples of the future scope of AI.

Here are some fields where AI can change the future to best:

Artificial Intelligence in Data Analysis

AI is the new engine which is driven by the best fuel called DATA. It is originating some companies to success and devising creative and economical solutions to most of the problems. It would profit immensely if the potential of AI is used to detect patterns and trends that are invisible to the mundane eye. In simple, this enables business’ to target the right customers for the product.

In 2019 alone AI, along with data analysisdrove almost $2.2 trillion worth of value worldwide. If the stakes are this huge, the role of AI in deriving meaningful insights, trends and patterns become vital.

Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture

Here is a fact, the world needs to produce over 30% of its current production in just another 15 years. Thoughtful planning of resources along with AI, will help the farmers grow sustainable production while managing resources actively. Considering factors such as climate change, reduction in water resources, decrease in cultivating land, population growth, AI has enormous potential to provide innovative answers to improve the crop yield during the year to meet the increasing demands.

The future scope of AI involves usage of robots to assist in crop health disclosure, reaping and soil analysis which ensures positive outcomes in the long term.

Nowadays, smartphones are used to perform a wide variety of analytics and tests in the field of agriculture. If that paired with AI, the chances are endless with tremendous potential.

Artificial Intelligence in Automation

The application of automating rule-based works using machine learning is called Robotic Process Automation(RPA). As the scope of AI is immense, growth in automation is directly proportional to automating the tasks in a diverse number of fields. We can forecast a high amount of productivity by making use of AI in daily jobs, holding the high efficiency and throughput of automation.

Automation helps humans’ to focus on the crucial aspects of their jobs while leaving the repetitive work to machines as we all know it can coverup the risky jobs like welding, working in coal mines, bomb diffusion etc.

Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity

With the tremendous growth in the availability of the Internet everywhere to everyone, cyber-attacks are growing in the same. In today’s world safety and privacy of one’s data is the most concerned, and from many years, cybersecurity is the answer for it. Even though there are rigid and approved methodologies in usage, hackers always find a workaround. Novel AI techniques like Recurrent Neural Networks can detect fraud in initial stages. This detection method will be able to scan thousands of transactions spontaneously and organise them. By which one can save lots of time as it focuses on cases where there is a high possibility for the scam.

Why should you be certified in AI:

Over the last 2years, there is a 60% increase in demand for AI learning experts in the industry. Also in India, the growth in the size of this sector is estimated up to $16 billion by 2025. Considering this as the central aspect many companies/industries feel that the shortage of skilled people is lessening the adoption of AI in business which makes a massive impact of loss in future.

With the lockdown to combat the deadly Covid-19 students and professionals have lots of time in their hands. To utilize this time productively, several people are looking for resources to upskill themselves. Considering this here are some suggested courses that will help you in mastering the AI course from scratch.

1) Introduction to Neural-Networks and Deep Learning by Great Learning :

 This course requires learners to have essential knowledge of Python, linear regression, logistic regression, and introductory algebra. This course covers different aspects of neural networks such as loss functions, hyperparameter tuning, deep neural networks, batch normalization, tensor flow and so on.

Duration: 15 Hours.

Website Link: https://www.greatlearning.in/academy/learn-for-free/courses/introduction-to-neural-networks-and-deep-learning 

2) IBM AI Engineering Professional Certificate by Coursera:

 To master fundamental concepts of deep learning and machine learning can undertake this course. Six courses are offered under this professional certificate like machine learning with Python, deep neural networks with PyTorch, scalable machine learning on big data using Apache Spark, AI Data Science, etc.

Website Link: https://www.coursera.org/professional-certificates/ai-engineer#courses 

3) Introduction to AI for Business by Udemy :

This course provides an overview of what predictive data analytics are, which AI software is available, and how can they enhance the business performance and also about how Microsoft is using this technology. Moreover, it’s free of cost!

Duration: 1Hour

Website Link: https://www.udemy.com/course/introduction-to-ai-for-business/ 

4) AI technologies for Business Planning and Decision Making by FutureLearn:

This course helps you to learn how AI technology and AI processes help businesses with both human and automated business planning and decision-making. This course comes with free of cost as well.

Duration: 6 Hours

Website Link: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/ai-technologies-business-planning

5) AI for Everyone by Edx:

This course covers the fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and its application to solve real-world problems including, search, constraint satisfaction problems games, machine learning, logic etc. It also helps to solve the real AI problems using python and perform machine learning algorithms.

Duration: 108 Hours

Website Link: https://www.edx.org/course/artificial-intelligence-ai 

6) Elements of AI by Reaktor and the University of Helsinki:

This program can be taken by anyone interested in AI as there is no complicated math or programming involved in it. It covers the basics of artificial intelligence and enables you to learn what is possible, what is not, and helps you to recognise how AI is transforming our lives.

Duration: 30 Hours

Website Link: https://learndigital.withgoogle.com/digitalunlocked/course/elements-artificial-intelligence 

My suggestion to all the folks:

After the completion of Lockdown, it becomes so hard to find a job. The main reason for it is well known – many have lost their jobs, and as usual, many graduates have come out with degrees alone! So when you go for an interview, obviously they will question you about what have you learnt in this lockdown period. If you say the same answer like before “I know programming, scripting, java, c++ etc, etc.; without a doubt, they say NO to you. So it’s better to be prepared with some new technologies in hand before hearing that big NO for the recruiter.

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