Sunday, June 24, 2012

'Human' Robots ~ Artificial Intelligence

On seeing the title, if you think this is going to be a pure 'scientific' blog post, then you are wrong.This is also not exactly about the movie Enthiran - The Robot.We come across so many incidents in our day to day life. Most of the incidents create an impact,if not all.I have been thinking for a long time to write this post.

Artificial Intelligence - its an amazing topic.During my college days,when I was in my 3rd year, we had this subject in our syllabus.But I never bothered to understand what AI actually means.Those days,for me,AI was just another paper to be cleared in the semester exam.But after reading Sujatha's 'En Iniya Iyanthira' and 'Meendum Jeeno' and after watching Shankar's 'Enthiran'(writer Sujatha penned the dialogs for this movie and we can feel the 'Sujatha' touch in the script to a great extent..Those who read 'En Iniya Iyanthira' and 'Meendum Jeeno' will agree with me.),I got some interest in this topic.No,I didn't watch Ra.One.To be honest,I wanted to make a proper research about Artificial Intelligence.But I couldn't.I just browsed through few sites about Artificial Intelligence.

AI is "The branch of computer science concerned with making computers behave like humans" - this is the exact definition.And my understanding is,Artificial Intelligence means the ability of the machines to learn new things on its own.Robotics means, "programming computers to see and hear and react to other sensory stimuli"... I believe this much introduction about AI and robotics, is enough for what I am going to write.

Here is a scenario.You will be talking with real interest.Whatever the topic may be..You may be narrating some funny incidents that happened in your life or you may be talking about some serious incident that happened in your college/school/work to your friends or to someone you feel close to you or it may be to your own siblings or parents.When you keep talking,the other person,without listening to you,simply concentrates on his work,you will be disappointed.

From the above scenario,you should understand something.You should ask this question to yourself - "why am I getting disappointed now?".Is it because you were talking continuously?No..It is because you wanted the other person to listen.If you want to avoid this type of disappointment,prepare yourself mentally with this attitude - "I was talking with him continuously.He didn't listen.He didn't even bother to respond me with an 'yes' or 'no',which means,for him or for her,am not at all important..I am unnecessarily wasting his time as well as mine..From now onwards,I should not talk anything unnecessarily with him/her.."

A machine will not expect you to listen whatever message its conveying.The duty of the machine is to convey some message.If the man is wise, he will understand the importance of the message and act accordingly.If not, only he will be in trouble and not the machine.That's how we should also behave.Just convey the message and shut your mouth.Here,the only difference between man and the machine is,machines never talk unnecessarily but man will.

The next important aspect is 'expecting response'. You are going to your native after a long time, for some reason.You want to meet your friend there.You are calling him continuously.Your call is not answered.

You are calling your friend,you need some help from him.He is not picking up your call.

You are messaging your friend.You want to know some information from her.Out of anxiety,you are messaging her.She is not responding you.

In all the above scenarios,people are not responding you.Instead they update some status message in facebook.They are tweeting some new message in twitter.Again here - you should not be angry nor be disappointed.Instead,you should convey this message to yourself - "she is updating a new facebook status, he is commenting on a photo in facebook,which clearly means,your messages or calls are not important. So better dont expect them to call back or reply back to you.Your duty is to contact them,you tried doing it. Your task is completed.Expecting a response is your mistake.".

Now I can understand your question.In what way the AI concept is related to all that I have typed above. Just watch this scene from the movie Enthiran.

When Aishwariya Rai apologizes to the robot,it says "மனித இனம் தன்னை காப்பாத்திக்க பொய் சொல்லும்னு தெரிஞ்சிகிட்டேன்".Meaning "I learnt humans lie to protect themselves". That's a great dialog.Anyway the point I was trying to make is,Sana(Aishwariya) insults Chitti(Robot), it didn't feel disappointed.Instead,it says, it learnt a quality of humans.Same way, just learn something from every incident and keep it in mind always.

Well, you can very well raise this question.When human themselves are intelligent by nature,whats the point in bringing in artificial intelligence.I will justify it later in this post.

There are so many occasions which will be extremely painful.Your own friend will suspect you. You will be accused of doing something bad to him/her.You will be accused of behaving with some malicious intention with him/her. Yet,you should not show your anger.Or you should not become angry at all.What the world expects from you - 'its ok..they suspected me..move on.."..When the same guy apologizes you,again the world expects you to tell an 'its prob..' and move on..

When your hardwork is not recognized,again you should not bother about it,instead you should understand that 'ok,working hard is our duty and expecting recognition for the same is a mistake..'.

When your care and affection is considered as a torture or disturbance,it hurts.The moment you come to know your true affection and care is considered as a disturbance,you should follow this - 'ok..I am not needed for him/her anymore..I should distance myself from her/him.."

In this materialistic world,being honest is a heinous crime.Either you will face difficulties or you will be mocked to the core.Instead of feeling humiliated,you should feel,'its ok..being honest is my virtue..mocking me is their duty.."

You will be close to someone..It may be a he or she..She will respond you nicely..She will be very well in touch with you..But if he/she distances from you after finding new friends,it really hurts..You will be forgotten completely..Unless and until there is a necessity,they will not contact you.You will be undergoing an inexplicable mental torture..The question 'why am I being ignored by him/her..?',will never allow you to sleep..The pain of being ignored by your loved ones(loved ones includes friends too) is worse than death. Here I can very easily offer a solution for this problem like - 'if someone ignores you,better forget them and move on..'.This can be easy for a guy/girl who is really a reserved type.You are in deep trouble if you are an enthusiastic personality.

You can neither express your disappointment nor simply ignore them and move on.When you are depressed, how much ever you may be an energetic person,you cant avoid behaving bit different.And in such situations atleast one person will inquire the reason for your 'strange' behavior.Whoever may be the person.It can even be the one who is responsible for your 'strange behavior'.And in that situation,will you be able to explain something?What will you say?Will you say 'am sad because you have ignored me completely' ? If you give an answer like this,first of all you will be considered a person with some psychological problem.And immediately you will get a reply that - 'dont be as are the one who is behaving strange today..'..Or if its someone else who is inquiring you,will you say,'am sad because my friend ignored me'?.. Inorder to avoid this uncomfortable situation,you are forced to keep a smile on your face always.Inspite of that if someone comes up with a question about your different behavior,you answer -'hey as usual..'.

Sometimes,for some questions,for certain happenings we can neither find solution nor find the reason.We can't even be in a position to judge how to proceed..I believe in this post,this is the most confusing part.If its confusing,then obviously,it should be 'love'.Sometimes you will like a girl.You can't understand whether you are in love with her or not.Generally,people who fall in love,will not 'think'.But some exceptional cases are there.These guys/girls will keep thinking something always.For such people,the going really gets tough.In such situations,such people,will make a decision - 'let things go on as usual..we will see whatever happens'.

After a giving a deep thought,you can understand whats the reason for all these troubles.For all the scenarios mentioned above and also for the scenarios which I didn't mention - there can be only one reason - 'feelings'. If you go through this post from top to bottom,I have mentioned the word 'expect' so many times.When you expect something,you end up with disappointment.In all these years,I have learnt a fact - 'most of the expectations end up in disappointment'.

Only living organisms have feelings.A 'Robot' will not have any feelings.It will perform the task which it is supposed to do.If you abuse a robot,it will not abuse you back.If you think you are insulting a robot,it amounts to fooling yourselves.Robots will never consider anyone as their friends.Robots will work as per the command received by them.A robot will not romance with a girl.For a robot,there is only one relation - its master.That's why Sujatha wrote in Enthiran,

Man to robot - "கடவுள் இருக்காரா இல்லையா?" [Does God exist?]

Robot : "கடவுள்னா யாரு ?" [Who is God?]

Man : "நம்ம எல்லாம் படைச்சவர் " [The one who created us]

Robot : "என்னை படைச்சவரு Dr.வசீகரன். கடவுள் இருக்கார்." [Dr.Vaseegaran is the one who created me.God is there]

From this we can understand,a robot acts as per the orders of its master.What is a robot? A machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically.

Now you can understand why am I bringing in the concept of artificial intelligence.Human intelligence is highly influenced by emotions.Or in other words,if you 'think' as a human,you can't ignore emotions.So when you make decisions as a human being,your intelligence is interrupted by emotions.To prevent this,we should stop thinking like a human being.We should think like a robot.We should mentally prepare ourselves that we don't have feelings.If we don't have feelings,nothing can disappoint us,there wont be any painful situation,there wont be any happy situation too..Life will be calm.We too will not be expecting anyone to care for us.

Recently there was a news doing rounds in cinema websites that a popular south Indian heroine underwent some surgery to remove the tattoos from her hand.There are ways to remove physical marks.You can remove tattoos,stickers,marks etc from your body,if you spend money(may be more money).But you can't remove certain marks made in your mind.These marks,created due to some incident,can never be erased. That's why we should start behaving like robots.Yes its very difficult and nowadays there are researches going on, to make robots to behave like humans.When a robot starts behaving like a human,everything becomes difficult for both the robot and human.

Chitti never had a problem until Dr.Vaseegaran installed software hormones to him.But after Chitti got 'feelings',life became miserable to Vaseegaran and the end was tragic for Chitti.This is in a movie. I would like to end up with the following dialog.At the end Chitti says this dialog,

"Professor போரா,நீங்க எனக்கு மாட்டி விட்ட ரெட் சிப் மாதிரியே எல்லா மனுஷங்களும் மனசுக்குள்ள, பொய்,பொறாமை,வஞ்சம்,துரோகம்னு ஏகப்பட்ட ரெட் சிப்கள மாட்டிகிட்டு அலையறாங்க..நல்ல வேளை நான் மனுஷனா பொறக்கல.. நினைச்சாலும் உடனே அழிச்சிட முடியாது பாருங்க."

[Meaning - professor Bora,just like the red chip you inserted in me,many men wander with deceit, envy, vengeance, betrayal in the hearts.Good that I was not born as a human.Cannot be deleted so easily whenever we wish].

P.S. : This post is completely for my personal satisfaction.And this post is not exactly based on my personal life.


Anonymous said...

It is good to hear.. But, that is not practically possible.. Just imagine people without any feelings.. World will be like a dead place.. There wont be any difference between humans and chairs, tables.. That world will suck really.. Overcoming such situations would be a nice method to get rid of such disappointments.. If you stop expecting things, you will not find any exciting things happening around.. Imagine your mom wont express her love towards you, your sister wont have silly fights with you, your brother wont obey you, your dad wont scold you.. There are somethings which being a human cant change.. Even if he tries to change, it wont be good enough.. Overall a nice post..

Anitha said...

I agree with the above comments.. :)

santhanakrishnan said...

macha u have improved in your writing. . . anyway godd luck doing this da

Anonymous said...

This blog can be named as "A Lesson from Robots ".Whenever someone does not understand your feelings it is difficult to maintain our composure in such case we have to act as a robot to them.We should never give a damn to people who think too much of themselves.Whenever our emotions thwart our progress we have to act like a robot(As Lord Krishna says "Kadamaiyai sei Palanai edhir Paaradhey"). Whenever a boy/girl is cheated in love they can very well apply this instead of getting bogged down.This blog is more of emotional intelligence and people management using the concept of robot.Excellent blog.Well done .Keep it up.

dude said...

Good one da!! Nice explanation! the way u related Human intelligence with AI is good! yeah ofcoz its better to be a ROBOT without any emotions or feelings!! We can be stress free if tats the case! Anyways good job again!! way to go !

Harish.M said...

@Anonymous - thanks for your honest and valuable comments..It would be great if you add your name while commenting :-).. Anyway thanks :-)

Harish.M said...

@Anitha,SanthanaKrishnan and Dude - Thanks a lot for your comments :-)..Your encouragement and support keeps this blog alive :-).. Thanks