March 3, 2014
Intuition-Planning.

Intuition-Planning.

February 22, 2014
This is my favourite one to date.

This is my favourite one to date.

February 16, 2014
House in the Woods.

House in the Woods.

February 12, 2014
The Time Traveller’s Turing Test

An interesting experiment suggested in this New Yorker article:

A well-educated time traveller from 1914 enters a room divided in half by a curtain. A scientist tells him that his task is to ascertain the intelligence of whoever is on the other side of the curtain by asking whatever questions he pleases.

The traveller’s queries are answered by a voice with an accent that he does not recognize (twenty-first-century American English). The woman on the other side of the curtain has an extraordinary memory. She can, without much delay, recite any passage from the Bible or Shakespeare. Her arithmetic skills are astonishing—difficult problems are solved in seconds. She is also able to speak many foreign languages, though her pronunciation is odd. Most impressive, perhaps, is her ability to describe almost any part of the Earth in great detail, as though she is viewing it from the sky. She is also proficient at connecting seemingly random concepts, and when the traveller asks her a question like “How can God be both good and omnipotent?” she can provide complex theoretical answers.

Based on this modified Turing test, our time traveller would conclude that, in the past century, the human race achieved a new level of superintelligence. Using lingo unavailable in 1914, (it was coined later by John von Neumann) he might conclude that the human race had reached a “singularity”—a point where it had gained an intelligence beyond the understanding of the 1914 mind.

February 11, 2014
Country-wise chocolate preferences. From here.

Country-wise chocolate preferences. From here.

February 10, 2014
Metallic Haute Couture.

Metallic Haute Couture.

February 6, 2014
Rashtrapati Bhawan, India.

Rashtrapati Bhawan, India.

February 2, 2014
Unannounced guest.

Unannounced guest.

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January 29, 2014
Shore-side.

Shore-side.

January 25, 2014
The day ends in Kochi, India

The day ends in Kochi, India

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