Xiaomi and the Uncanny Valley of Adult Content

The concept of “Uncanny Valley” is a fascinating one. Postulated by a Japanese roboticist in the 1970s, it posits that as manmade creations like dolls and robots start resembling real humans, there comes a point where we get repulsed by their appearance. Here’s what it looks like. One of the key theories behind why the … Read more Xiaomi and the Uncanny Valley of Adult Content

The New World Order

When it comes to countries and bilateral alliances, there are two broad categories.  One is region, culture, proximity-based. Think ASEAN—Association of Southeast Asian Nations—and the European Union, or EU.The other is based on world events and similar political or socio-economic goals. Like BRICS—the association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and … Read more The New World Order

The value of life in lockdown math

India’s national lockdown has been extended for another two weeks with some relaxations, taking the total duration to nearly two months. It’s not debatable that the initial lockdown was necessary, even in its severity. In fact, one working paper found that cities that reacted quickly and aggressively to the 1918 flu pandemic also had stronger … Read more The value of life in lockdown math