The Turing Paradox

“An unstable particle if observed continuously will never decay”

Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine. Trust me, it takes a minute or two for normal folks to decipher it. But, am not normal. Are you? **Victory Dance**

Assuming that you have deciphered it, let me get to the point. Computers have fascinated me all along. It continues to fascinate me and it will continue to fascinate me until I meet my maker. Guess, I have landed in the right profession after all. Well…That’s debatable. Let me keep that as a topic for another day.

If we were asked to explain about computers in laymen terms, we start with Charles Babbage who is acclaimed as the ‘Father of Computers’ and end up explaining about modern world gizmos like the iPhone, the iPad etc. What if I mean to say that there is a forgotten hero who is responsible for the Artificial intelligence of today? What if I tell you that Siri and Cortana are actually the great great grand kids of that guy who had worked far ahead of his time?

The story of Alan Turing is something which is not greatly exaggerated (It should have been) but modestly appreciated. Alan Turing was granted a ‘Royal Pardon’ in 2013 for his conviction of Homosexuality in the year 1952. That makes up almost 60 years. I neither champion the cause of LGBT nor am I against it. I would like to take a neutral stance but I strongly believe that everyone has a place in this world and it’s certainly not upto one person to judge another. He/She can be judged not by one’s sexuality but by their deeds. After all, it’s the uniqueness of each human being that collectively makes up a society.

Winston Churchill has acclaimed Turing to be the one who shortened World War-II by a span of 2 years and yes he really did. Imagine the countless lives that would have been lost had the war extended for 2 more years! Turing played a pivotal role in breaking Enigma – The German cipher. The Enigma machines were a series of electro-mechanical rotor cipher machines developed to protect commercial, diplomatic and military communication. Alan Turing is said to have saved millions of life by breaking Enigma and intercepting German communications during World War II. It proved to be greatly advantageous to the Allies ultimately leading them to Victory. He achieved an impossible feat racing against time.

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The Enigma Machine which was nicknamed as the unbreakable cipher but was deciphered by Alan Turing.

 

The life of Alan Turing is itself a paradox. He was considered an Intelligent fool. He was a Great mind yet he was Shunned. Although he was considered unstable by many, his legacy never decayed. (“An unstable particle if observed continuously will never decay”). Alan Turing died of Cyanide poisoning when he accidently bit an Apple laced with Cyanide. The mysterious circumstance of his death still remains at debate.

On a lighter note, it is said that Alan Turing was the inspiration behind the Apple logo although Apple has denied it forthright. (Yet another topic for debate?)

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The paradoxical nature of Alan Turing’s life reminds me of how paradoxical our world is.

The crooked rule the World while the brightest remain obsequious. We claim to live in a world which is real but ain’t it just a paradox?

Yet, I strongly believe that the Power of change lies within Oneself and We as an unified set of like minded individuals might be able to bring about change in the near future.

Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.

Bangalore! Oh Bangalore!

    Bangalore – I have known this city for around 6 months now and I feel privileged and qualified enough to write this post.

    The climate, the never ending hustle-bustle, the home to India’s largest IT population and the Pub capital of India! Is there anything that Bangalore doesn’t have? No! You can find almost everything in Bangalore. Anything new to India will obviously reach Bangalore before it reaches India’s capital.

    Bangalore (also called as Bengaluru) is a city where people from all walks of life are fluent in at least 3-4 languages. It is probably the only city in India where the indigenous population is less in number. Throw a stone at some random place and you are bound to hit a Software Engineer! It is also the only place where more people know C, C++ and Java than the indigenous language, Kannada! Bangalore is well known for its mad rush but it is also one of the coolest, sweetest and civilized cities in India.

    This mad rush brought forth a mishap that many Bangaloreans fail to notice. Litter,  litter and litter everywhere! This habit of littering has gone too far that people do it out of habit and they couldn’t stop doing it! The pavement is not only used by the pedestrians but it is used by the motorists as well. It’s in fact the  road adjacent to the road or it can also be humorously coined as an unauthorized extension of the road. Yeah, it’s hilarious to hear! Additionally, you can find innumerable potholes in the pavement. So, just keep your eyes open! If you fall into one of those potholes I guarantee that you will go deep inside that you can find yourself touching the  Earth’s mantle! Nah, just kidding! Probably, you will end up in Bellandur lake where you can find yourself frothing along with the froth it already has. I have noticed electric cables hanging around in loose and I had a close encounter with those infinite number of times and I can assure you that those wires won’t harm you as they are free from electricity!  (But, it is a concern for sure). Just remember to use “Kannada gothu ila” (I don’t know Kannada)  whenever you encounter a person who starts bombarding you with Kannada. There is yet another option. Try communicating to the person in Kannada and he will figure out that you literally don’t know Kannada and you are faking it.

    One thing which is really a concern is Eunuchs. Most of them are civilized and won’t bother you but there a few who won’t allow you to move an inch until you pay them. Guys, Beware! You will encounter them when you walk on the road, mostly during the evening and they will block your way and start caressing your face, hands and blah blah blah. A word of advice to the guys- Pay them if you literally have no other option left. The last thing you want to do is to be messing up with them. DON’T EVER DO THAT! If you want to pull out some stunts, do that when you are out as a group. But, remember they are human beings as well! And yet another word of advice, beware of stray dogs!

    There are 2 sides of every coin. Bangalore is the ‘awesomest’ place to hang out and it is also one of the dangerous places to live if you are not cautious! The IT bubble brought in more money which in turn brought many anti-social elements into act. But, apart from all these pros and cons, one thing is for sure- You are bound to fall in love with Bangalore at first sight.

    Bangalore, you taught me a great deal of life lessons in the past year, yet I love you. I will always love you and I will ensure that the year 2016 amplifies my love towards you. Happy New Year!