Another era came to an end after the demise of former President Pranab Mukherjee. He was a vital cog and quintessential congressman who was regarded for the uplifting of Congress party with the aplomb on the present.
Mukherjee had gone through a brain surgery at the hospital in this month and since had been on ventilator support. Also, he had tested positive for Covid-19 prior to the surgery.
Mukherjee was treated in Army R&R Hospital after being reported suffering due to injuries on the forehead and temple due to a fall in the bathroom on 9 August. Next morning he went through a CT scan and a clot in his brain was detected. Sooner he went through a “lifesaving emergency surgery” to remove it, within the premises of the same hospital.
Even after the successful surgery, he remained in a “critical” state and ventilator support was instigated for his treatment. His condition worsened on Monday, when he suffered several “septic shock” due to his lung infection, said the medical staff of the hospital to The Hindu.
Popularly known as Pranabda out of affection and respect, his death was an indigestible truth that observed condolences by leaders across political lines, as well as sensations from film industry and sports wizards. Also, the Centre announced a seven-day nationwide mourning period from 31-August to 6-September.
Funeral of Pranab Mukherjee was noted to be held at 2 pm today, at the Lodhi Road crematorium, PTI. Due to the precautions taken for the covid-19, in spite of the army caravans, he was taken in a van to the crematorium.
He was a man of excellence, better known as Encyclopaedia. As per the history he was aware of every single report or event going on and hardly one can recall if he ever missed any event and not participated in, if not directed for the then leader of the party.
The small town man from the Mirati village in West Bengal’s district was an immediate learner. However, he found his path to enter Indira’s cabinet in 1973, during her second term as the Prime Minister. Mukherjee played the role of deputy minister and minister of State (Finance) in 1973-74 at the time of the Indira government.
Out of his many achievements which include Bharat Ratna award, Mukherjee was also one of India’s youngest finance ministers of age 47 at the time when he was appointed to the post in 1982.
Deemed to be Indira Gandhi’s most trusted political lieutenants, with a razor sharp memory, intelligence and a good grasp over several issues of politics and social related he proved to be a boon and crucial gear for uplifting of party.
“With a Heavy Heart, this is to inform you that my father Shri Pranab Mukherjee has just passed away inspite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital and prayers, duas and prarthanas from people throughout India! I thank all of You,” his son said on Twitter.
Also, a heartfelt message was drafted by his daughter Sharmishta on her Twitter handle, saying she was “blessed” to have birth as his daughter.
“You have directed a full, meaningful life in service of the nation, in service of our people,” she added.
Pranab Mukherjee as President :
Knowledge was a major tool for Pranab Mukherjee. In his five years of ruling tenure, he initiated programs that created Rashtrapati Bhawan accessible to local people eliciting respect for him and a great opportunity for people to take the glimpse of the nation’s pride. Mukherjee began the “in-residency” programme that welcomed artists, students, writers, and investors to stay within the premises of Rashtrapati Bhavan for a week and craft some interesting things out of passion. This largely affected the people in a positive manner and Mukherjee captivated the hearts of millions.
Even he was the one at the Presidential post when mercy petitions of convicts standing behind the bar for terrorism activities by Ajmal Kasab, Afzal Guru and Yakub Memon were rejected.
Five years ago, Mukherjee also lost his wife Surva Mukherjee in 2015, who died because of cardiac arrest in the same hospital RR.
Mukherjee’s elder son Abhijit Mukherjee also joined Congress party as a MP, fighting for the same seat withstood by Pranab Mukherjee i.e. Jangipur.
In June 2018, after the period of president ship, Mukherjee’s decision to be present at Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh as per their invitation, to address swayamsevaks in Nagpur on patriotism evoked much alterations and controversies.
He was again in the headlines of newspapers.
Though he has always been in good accord and enjoyed friendly relations with Prime minister Narendra Modi, he never let congress in the betraying phase.
When Modi came to be the PM for the first time in 2014, Mukherjee was called “father figure” by Modi.
A man of excellence who was a journalist, a tutor, a finance minister and later President of the country. Enthusiast of historic events who was highly motivated to be in disciplinary till the end, Mukherjee created a legacy in Indian history of politics that can’t be fulfilled.
Our Social Dilemma
When I ask a question to people about why they use social media? The common answer people give is that they have access to interact with their friends and other people. Technology bought remarkable changes in human life, they increased communication between people, they found organ donors, and they spread news faster and many more. This technology bought meaningful and positive changes to human life. Nevertheless, we are unaware of the flip side of the coin.
Many people think that Facebook is just a place to see their friend or YouTube is just a source to see videos around the world. What we don’t realise is they are competing for our attention. How it is possible? Let us dig down deeper into it.
Large tech companies like Facebook, Google, Tiktok, Instagram, Pinterest have a business model to engage people onto their screens, to get people’s attention as much as possible and making money simultaneously within that span of time. All that we think is free on the internet is not in reality, they are paid by advertisers. The advertisers pay these companies in exchange to show their advertisement.
If internet wasn’t a free source, the engagement rate towards it would drop down drastically. As we, don’t pay for the product we have become the product. Where the tech companies are the sellers, advertisers are the customers and the product being sold is our attention.
Every business thinks that if they place an advertisement they will reach their goal of success early. In order to reach the success in that particular business they need to have great prediction and lot of data.
The tech companies whose business model is to make sure the advertisers are successful in that business track your data, all the clicks you have made, all the likes, screen time, almost everything is tracked and monitored. They know everything thing about us whether we are lonely or happy. They even know our personality type.
There are lot of techies in Silicon Valley learnt to use all the knowledge about human psychology that persuades people and build that into technology. This is persuasive technology, A design technique that can modify someone’s behaviour. Instagram has infinite scrolling feature that persuades people to keep on scrolling until they find something interesting.
Another feature very commonly used is refreshing. You pull your screen down and there will new feed on the top. So the infinite scrolling and refresh feature gives you a reward at a regular basis, when you scroll down there is something new on the screen that looks interesting for you which release dopamine into your body, to get back the dopamine hit you have to keep on scrolling. Now this action of pulling down the screen and scrolling becomes an unconscious habit. This in psychology is positive intermittent reinforcement.
We have surrounded our lives with perceived sense of perfection, we get short-term rewards of dopamine hit through likes, thumbs up, comment etc,. We get a fake popularity that we consider as real. These short-term rewards force us to fall into the loop to do something new to get that reward again. Technology is not only controlling our attention but technologies like social media have changed psychology of kid’s as well as teenagers; they have lost their self-worth through this fake reality. Today’s young generation is more anxious and more depressed.
Processing power has advanced quadrillion times since 1960s but our human brain has not evolved and fundamentally, it would never change. We all think the same that Artificial intelligence will be the destructor of humans in far future, what we need to understand is Artificial intelligence is running our world right now.
The big tech companies have tons and tons of computers stored in a massive room that runs all algorithms from simple task to complex task. However, Artificial intelligence isn’t the problem, it is just like a machine with a define task to do and it learns by performing different experiments to reach the task and gets slightly better every single day.
Famous basketball player Kyrie Irving believed that earth is flat, later when he apologized he blamed to YouTube’s rabbit hole. Basically Kyrie Irving fell into the trap of YouTube recommendation, YouTube’s A.I used recommendation feature to engage Kyrie onto his screen by displaying all the videos that were promoting the flat-earth conspiracy theory, its like the YouTube finds the nearest rabbit hole to dig down deeper and deeper.
Finally, Kyrie was convinced that the earth is flat because all the videos he was watching sound true to him. When he apologized for believing that earth is flat, few student were interviewed saying “the round-earth people got Kyrie”. The algorithm is getting smarter exponentially today people are convinced by the flat earth theory tomorrow there would be new conspiracy theory that people will believe into.
There is lot of fake news spreading faster than real news; It has increased polarization among people, nations are dividing themselves. Internet has become as market place, a market place where human futures are being sold, a market place where you are just a zombie who look at the screen for a long time. This is undermining democracy, if this goes on for years we won’t survive.
People often say that technology has ruined the world but this isn’t true. It is simultaneous utopia and dystopia, you can call anyone from any corner of the world, and on the flipside, your calls could be tracked to use it against you.
Social media was built to spread love amongst people but the business model of different business and their financial incentives have ruin the fabric of healthy society, and there is no financial reason for the tech companies to change their services. There is no law on the tech companies to regulate data and to use is ethically
We need to admit these bad outcomes of technology are because of our work. We can demand the tech companies to built this humanely and not like an attention extraction source. The very fabric of healthy society depends on getting off the corrosive business model.
if we have built something we have a moral responsibility to change it and make it ethically possible.
Humans and Climate Change: Our Energy Produce
A general definition of energy is Capacity to do work. About 99% of human history , man used muscle energy either humans or animals to do work. Using muscle energy wasn’t an efficient way for us to perform tasks as it consumed large energy. To match our needs and to increase efficiency we started making and developing tools. The first energy development happened when humans learnt to use the force of nature. Wind mills and water power increased the food production and irrigation in farms respectively. As technology advanced Coal became the dominant commodity to generate energy. In 1698, an English engineer named Thomas Savery invented steam engine. It was the first machine that provided significantly large amount of power not derived from muscle, water or wind. Coal powered industrialisation gave a boost to scale the production of goods. It was the industrial revolution where we discovered a clean and efficient form of energy called electricity. Electricity allowed people to work in dark and power heavy machinery. Coal that was used to generate energy was then used as a raw material to generate electricity. Soon after we discovered Oil and gas which were relatively efficient and clean source of energy than Coal. Oil was revolutionary because it could power not only ships, electricity and trains but also internal combustion engines which made cars and aeroplanes possible.
From an energy use perspective the world since 1900 is a new era in human history, electricity and oil has become the core of our energy use. We use electricity for everything from lighting bulbs to powering our gadgets and oil for transportation. Scientists estimate that if we continue our current energy usage, we will run out of oil and gas in next 50 years and Coal in next 100 years. Since 1900 our energy demands have increased exponentially and the usage is abrupt. Energy is cheap yet its most important factor that needs attention. We are not really concerned about our energy usage. So will renewable energy be our way to go ? Before answering this question let us know all about renewable energy.
Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable resources like sun, wind and various others. It is the cleanest energy and doesn’t emit carbon dioxide in the air. Solar panels and wind turbines are the best example of technology to harness renewable energy. Renewable energy is the only category of energy that grew globally at double digits over the past decade. For perspective, in 2009 the world consumed 8.2 exajoules of renewable energy. In 2019, that had nearly quadrupled to 29.0 exajoules. At some point renewable seems a fascinating alternative that could also create new jobs. But the truth is it is not our way to go and why ? let us understand.
The electricity from solar rooftops end up costing twice as electricity from solar farms. Both solar and wind farms acquire significant areas of land with solar panels and wind turbines and it requires large transmission lines to bring the electricity from the country’s side into the city in which about 7-8 % of electricity is drained. Many big bird species that are endangered like kites, eagles and condors die due to wind turbines, in fact the most significant threat to these birds are wind turbines. In terms of solar farms, we need to clear the land and the wildlife to install the solar panels that threaten the species living there. To give an example, to build Ivanpah solar farm in California people clear all the desert tortoise, literally pulling and filling into the truck to shift them to other places. Many of these tortoises died while loading in trucks. At current estimates over 6000 birds die every year by catching on fire above the solar farm. Now using the cleaner energy and dealing with the environmental impact comes at a high cost. The electricity from the solar and wind farm can cost significantly high. We might think that it’s ok to pay high to receive clean energy.
Germany, the leader of solar, wind and renewable energy generates 48% of its electricity from clean sources. But at the same time the cost of electricity increased by 50% since the revolution. On the other hand, France produces about 75% of its electricity from clean zero-emission sources and pays almost half as much as Germany pays for their electricity. France produces its electricity from nuclear energy, about 75% of France is powered by nuclear energy.
Nuclear energy turns out to be more reliable, It can generate electricity for 90% of the year. A 40 year study by the Environmental Progress shows that it costs less to produce electricity from nuclear power plants than solar, wind and other renewable sources. After understanding all these positives about nuclear power, a general question arises in each mind, is nuclear power safe ? Another 40 year study by British medical journal lancet finds nuclear power to be the safest. A climate scientist named James Hansen found out that nuclear power saved 2 million lives up to date. It turns out wind energy is far more dangerous than nuclear, two maintenance people died on a wind turbine while working on it in Netherland. Talking about environmental hazards by nuclear power is less due to less produce of nuclear waste that can be stored and managed in containment rooms. We need to change our views on Nuclear Power, this may help us a lot to fight against climate change for real.To all the readers, I ask a question. We know that Renewable Energy cannot save the planet, so could we allow them to destroy our planet? And would you support Nuclear energy in future to generate electricity? Think over it because our Future is in our hands.
PUBG Mobile India Re-entry
South Korean game developer PUBG Corporation and publisher KRAFTON announced that they have fully merged into a single entity. The company will be renamed to PUBG Studio and solely focus on development as PUBG Corp’s publishing and support teams have previously been integrated into KRAFTON.
KRAFTON’s independent studio portfolio currently consists of four studios including PUBG Studio, Striking Distance Studios, Bluehole Studio, and RisingWings. The AAA development studio Striking Distance Studios is currently developing an original narrative experience in the gaming Universe, while the Studio “will continue to seek ways to develop and expand the IP in various fields, including its esports and entertainment business.”
For fans, the move should be a good thing. The Corporation becoming PUBG Studio under Krafton means that the team can work autonomously to create its own unique vision on games. The battle royale has been going strong, and continues to be a mainstay in the genre since it released in 2017. According to the press release, The Studio will continue to develop and support Mobile version moving forward. The team has constantly added new content to its games and now we can some new innovations around the games.
Though PUBG has yet not clarified any official launch date, several media reports have come up with various dates on the launch. The latest date was said to be somewhere in the last week of December.
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