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Himanshu Shekhar

Studying Computer Science in MIT Pune

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A person you follow posted a new opinion on Nov, 16 2016

AMA with Meera Sanyal on Demonitization of Currency

Nikita Nain had posted

Since we know the AAP stand on who is the biggest loser from this, who can be considered to be the biggest gainer from this demonetization drive in your opinion ?


Himanshu Shekhar Studying Computer Science in MIT Pune

AAP has a lot to gain from this. AAP was the only party to compete with verified sources of income, now the ground if leveled for all the parties (I am not sure of BJP though)

BSP has 100% of its income from unverified sources!


Himanshu Shekhar posted an opinion to a discussionOct, 14 2016

Machine Learning and Deep Learning and why is so much different than recursion and backtracking (like Deep Blue chess computer)

When one of the greatest chess players of the time, José Raúl Capablanca, was asked how many moves ahead he looked when playing a game. He replied "Only one, but it's always the right one." This is basically the difference between how deep neural networks differ from recursion and backtracking.

Backtracking algorithms work by searching through millions of different possibilities for what could happen next in the game, trying to find some way to force their opponent into losing. Deep neural nets don't do this. Instead they play like José Raúl Capablanca and don't do any searching at all. Instead, they look at the entire board and use sophisticated pattern matching to guess if it looks more like the kind of game that's likely to lead to a win vs. a loss. Often this pattern matching is based on a huge database of professional games, combined with a long pre-computation to fine-tune the patterns by having the computer play itself millions of times and seeing how often the neural net's guess is correct (and slightly modifying the neural net accordingly).

When one of the greatest chess players of the time, José Raúl Capablanca, was asked how many moves ahead he looked when playing a game. He replied "Only one, but it's always the right one." This is basically the difference between how deep neural networks differ from recursion and backtracking. Ba
Himanshu Shekhar posted an opinion to a discussionOct, 10 2016

If the Quran as a received text is perfect, why are hadith and sunnah so valued?

"why would Allah deliberately make interpretation so murky and prone to fitna? "

It's like this with all language. Look at what happens with interpretation of the Constitution.

Himanshu Shekhar agreed with an opinion onOct, 10 2016

Is the milk of human kindness vanishing from the material world ?

Rohit pande had posted

Humanism > Indifference > Hatred, we have a pecking order. We should be grateful for mere indifference.



Himanshu Shekhar agreed with an opinion onOct, 09 2016

Why is the care of the elderly so hard in India?

Nikita Nain had posted

At present we are a 'young' country, with majority of the population in the working age group. The focus of all the policies, products and schemes across all sectors is k



Himanshu Shekhar agreed with an opinion onOct, 09 2016

Curfew for third consecutive month! Amongst the India-Pakistan battle is Kashmir yet again forgotten?

Aaditya Shah had posted

Yasin malik, bitta karate murdered and raped us before the army got into the picture. Army was brought in after 19 Jan 1990 when the locals drove us out and torched our h



A person you follow posted a new opinion on Oct, 09 2016

Will legalizing trade in ivory or Rhino horn be sensible to deter criminal gangs from poaching the giants?

Aman Rawal had posted

Argument to check a crime by making it legal is a failed idea. It happens only when people in power want the crime to continue.


Himanshu Shekhar Studying Computer Science in MIT Pune

Legalizing any product or service has the possibility of reducing illicit activity associated with it, but it only works when the demand for what the illicit/illegal trade was based on can be satisfied with products/services produced legally. The problem with trade in endangered species and their body parts - rhino horn, elephant ivory, bear gall bladders etc. - is that the demand for them is typically too large to be satisfied via legalized production. Rhinos both reproduce and re-grow their horns slowly. Being very large animals, they also take a lot of space and resources to maintain. When the legal supply of a product or service cannot keep up with demand, it can backfire by actually increasing that demand, the supply for which tends to be then supplied by illegal means.

The bigger picture is that there is currently no magic bullet or cure for the illegal killing of wildlife for financial gain. Right now, the best scenario is that we must invest in both escalating existing anti-poaching methods - tracking/ apprehending/punishing poachers, improving the livelihood of those living near threatened wildlife, developing programs so that wildlife is seen as a local asset and not a burden etc. - combined with developing future methods: the cyber-tracking of dealers in endangered species parts, new monitoring technologies like drones and other methods yet to be innovated.

Legalizing any product or service has the possibility of reducing illicit activity associated with it, but it only works when the demand for what the illicit/illegal trade was based on can be satisfied with products/services produced legally. The problem with trade in endangered species and their bo

Himanshu Shekhar posted an opinion to a discussionOct, 07 2016

Do people still believe in AAP?

I was very enthusiastic when AAM Aadmi party came to power because Kejriwal was one the person who was instrumental in bringing RTI. RTI brought great transparency in governance and I really felt empowered when I used it for the first time. People of Delhi had great faith in him and hence they got elected twice but the way their leaders are getting arrested and the way he plays blame game all the time makes me think if they are at all interested in governance. I am still hopeful that one day they will mend their ways and start working hard.
I was very enthusiastic when AAM Aadmi party came to power because Kejriwal was one the person who was instrumental in bringing RTI. RTI brought great transparency in governance and I really felt empowered when I used it for the first time. People of Delhi had great faith in him and hence they got e
A person you follow posted a new opinion on Oct, 06 2016

Does someone have a health update on jayalalitha

Nilesh Pathak had posted

Got to hear with some sources in the news industry, that they what they did with Bal Thackrey. Hiding the news now and will release later.


Himanshu Shekhar Studying Computer Science in MIT Pune

You mean she is already dead?

A person you follow posted a new opinion on Oct, 03 2016

Limits of humor. Who draws the line?

Akhil Singh had posted

In my opinion, one should either support roast or not support roast. There is no grey area. Tannishtha was offended because of some racist jokes and someone else might b


Himanshu Shekhar Studying Computer Science in MIT Pune

Because the fact that someone got hurt cannot be a reason to curb humor. People can get offended on anything; You can crack a joke on a Martian, and I could say it hurts me that you joked about a living organism. What would you do about it?

The major point is this: The show was a “Roast”, and any literate person knows what a Roast is. I dont know whether Tannishtha would admit it or not, but every participant is informed what a roast is about, even if they are not told the exact script. She walked into it knowingly.

It was a pathetic on the part of the team to come up with only one type of insults. But like I said in the beginning, a bad joke is still a joke. Tannishtha did the right thing by walking out.

But, let’s end it right here.

Because the fact that someone got hurt cannot be a reason to curb humor. People can get offended on anything; You can crack a joke on a Martian, and I could say it hurts me that you joked about a living organism. What would you do about it? The major point is this: The show was a “Roast”, and a

Himanshu Shekhar posted an opinion to a discussionSep, 30 2016

What reasons Pakistan have to deny the possibility of surgical attacks.

Admittance would also mean acceptance of the fact that Pakistan’s Army was caught unawares. And that they could not intervene and stop the Indian Army operation at the right time. Especially, when their Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif had gone public with a nuclear threat with much bravado.
Himanshu Shekhar posted an opinion to a discussionSep, 29 2016

Discussing aftermath of Surgical attack on Pakistan. How will Pakistan react? What is India's strategy hereafter?

Everyone knows that there are 3 power centers in Pakistan. We are ready to fight with two of them, Government by beating them diplomatically. To army we have shown what we are capable of, but what about the third power center that is terrorists. Aren't they already inside India?

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