The Planet is dying. Are you going to save her ?

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The numbers are grim. Humans have significantly altered three-quarters of the earth’s land area, and leaving more than half a million species without enough habitats to survive.

Our forests are flattened. We’ve destroyed a third of the planet’s forest cover.

Our oceans are running dry. Our development of coastlines, drilling of sea beds, and plastic pollution make the seas inhospitable to healthy marine life populations.

Climate change, Industrial pollution, Epidemics, the list is endless.

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And most of this is caused due to human interference with nature. Oceans have more plastic than fish; hills have more rubbish strewn by us than what it can sustain.

We need to understand the role nature plays in our life. We do not exist independently of nature. We need pollinators to grow fruits and vegetables, freshwater streams and wetlands to supply and filter drinking water, fertile soils to meet our agricultural demands, forests to provide medicines, and oceans to provide food.

So what is the tipping point before the earth around us totally collapses?

How more of the blame game are we going to be playing, before the planet totally caves in and disintegrates?

How much more collateral damage are we going to allow in the name of progress?

What are we leaving behind for the future generations to come?

Is rapid technological progress and human activity that continue to add heat trapping greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, driving the Earth to the edge?

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Every day, new evidence of our unsustainable impact on the environment is emerging. We are seeing the effects of climate change from the North Pole to the South Pole and everywhere in between.

The UN estimates that, in the last 10 years, climate-related disasters have caused $1.4 trillion of damage worldwide. The unprecedented loss of biodiversity we are seeing today is an existential threat to human life and economic development. If the biodiversity index were considered akin to the stock market, our planet would be heading for a spectacular crash.

No human technology can fully replace “nature’s technology”, which is perfected over hundreds of millions of years in sustaining life on Earth.

We can’t have a prosperous future on a depleted planet. If we continue to produce, consume and power our lives the way we do right now, forests, oceans and weather systems will be overwhelmed and collapse.

Bottom line: We can fix this.

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We have the power to stop the projected ecological catastrophe, but it will require a paradigm shift—a radical reorganizing of our technological, economic, social, and economic systems.  We will have to say a Good-bye to extractive industries, like mining, biomass, and fossil fuels, and say hello to recycling, renewables, and reusables.

We must curb our consumption rates across the board, (ditching our plastic habits is just the beginning). And trade-offs—less meat for more vegetables, more public transit for less pollution.

And we must, above all, make the planet’s natural systems a leading priority in our collective fights for a better world. Anything less won’t cut it.

The moot question however is- are we willing?

 

 -M

 

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Dope words Millennial’s use

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If you’re in your 40s, 50s, or beyond, you’d be forgiven for not knowing what on earth “spilling the tea,” “Lit,” or “fleek” means. That goes especially for the latter, since no one seems to know what exactly “fleek” means. However, if you want to decipher what the millennial is saying it would be better for you to learn.

Today there are so many new slang words floating around on social media and live conversations that it’s confounding to many people, and you find them walking around with a blank look on their faces. Some of these words are a mix of shorthand, conjoined words, abbreviations, and phrases that came about because of a meme or even a mistake on social media that people found funny and useful for communicating in a digital age.

And thanks to the Gen Z’s obsession with texting and Twitter, a lot of abbreviations have become common speak. Sometimes, it almost seems like people are speaking gibberish. All you need to do is to take a quick stroll through the streets of Instagram and Twitter and you’ll come across a word or two, or three that will make you feel lame for not understanding them.

Although some of these words have existed for a while, here are a few that are still trending. This may help the parents to decipher the foreign language of the millennial and not be in a state of total disillusionment.

Adulting –All the boring crap that grown ups do. if you’re slogging to work and paying your mortgage and cooking your dinners and washing and ironing your clothes, you are definately in the adulting world right now. It sucks sometimes , but it’s a reality for all the big boys and girls. Yes, even for the millennial.

Bae- No, it’s not short for babe or baby. The letters actually represent the phrase “before anyone else,” usually referring to the speaker’s significant other.

Bougie-A disapproving term for people obsessed with wealth or its trappings.

Bruh – It is slang for bro or brother.

DM –DM’s are direct messages on Twitter and Instagram.

Extra– If someone calls you extra; you’re either trying too hard or being over the top. However, anyone from a teacher who gives too much homework to that loud, drunk birthday girl stumbling around in a plastic tiara can be described as extra.

Fam: A shorter form of word family.

Fierce– When someone is looking so beautiful and powerful at the same time, this word is used to describe that feeling.

Finsta– This is slang for “Fake account of Instagram”.

Glow Up– It means to upgrade appearance to a better version and enhance looks.

GOAT- Often accompanied with the requisite goat emoji, GOAT is an acronym for “greatest of all time,” and pops up a lot when people start arguing about sports.

Guac- It’s just guacamole. That’s all.

Gram– Instagram

Hangry- The feeling of anger or irritability you get when you’re hungry.

Hundo P- This means 100%. That’s it. Use it instead of “of course” or “definitely.”

It’s me- This version is often used as a term of agreement and self identification. It means the person identifies with the topic, and can relate to it, without wanting to explain at length.

Jelly- It is to say “jealous.” not in a negative way but said as a compliment.

JOMO- We’ve all experienced FOMO, or the “fear of missing out,” but JOMO describes the opposite. If you’re more than content to stay in and watch Netflix, that’s the “joy of missing out.”

Kk-  Kk originated in online gaming forums as an abbreviation for “okay, cool,” except the two Ks refer to the more informal “k, kewl.” Put it together, and it usually signals “messaged received,” or “gotcha.”

LB- Instagrammers know that LB stands for “like back,” while FB similarly means “follow back.” If you start seeing these all over your post’s comments, know that some people want tit for tat – essentially I like your photo, you like mine.

Lit –“Lit” can mean cool, amazing or awesome, especially when it comes to parties but some people also use it as a synonym for drunk or high. Get Lit-It is used to say “party hard”. Moms, you’ve been warned.

OG- It means original gangsta. But it is used for someone who is quite popular and famous among the group or at school. It is used in a positive way as a sign of respect.

OTP- Stands for One True Pairing. Your OTP is a couple you are emotionally invested in. It is could be any celebrity couple.

Predictive-Describes something that is generated based on predictions made automatically often by some sort of algorithm.

Roasted– this means to argue with someone verbally to the extent that they are somewhat defeated in your quick tongue battle.

Ship- Ship is one of the most important terms on the Internet. It comes from the word relationship. Do you just know that two people belong together? Well, you’re by definition “shipping” them.

Spilling the Tea- It basically means pretending  not to notice when something crazy or scandalous is happening around you. when you are spilling the tea that usually signifies that gossip is being shared, and therefore the tea is a little more difficult to swallow.

Snatched– Snatched is the new fleek. It’s used to describe anything that looks really good or on point. Anything from your eyebrows to your outfit can be snatched.

Sus– Sus comes from the word suspect. It’s the Internet’s word for sketchy or shady.

Sis-Sis is the new bro. However you’d use bro, just replace it with sis and you’re good to go.

TBH- This one is pretty easy to guess. It means “to be honest” and is usually followed by either a joke or a more sincere comment.

Time suckAn activity that takes a lot of time you could have used to do more productive things.

TL; DRThis abbreviation stands for “too long; didn’t read.” It’s used to summarize the key point of a long text.

Throw shade– its meaning is quite opposite from its literal one. It means to disrespect someone.

Thicc– It is latest slang came up and used to describe people having bigger body parts that are bigger than usual. Normally describes someone’s booty.

Trolls-They don’t live under a bridge and they won’t ask you to answer three riddles before passing by. They are just jerks who say awfully nasty things to strangers on social media.

Yass- This one is best expressed “YASS!” and maybe even with a few extra s’s — for added emphasis. That said, this one’s pretty simple: It simply means “yes!” in a more enthusiastic and slightly more annoying way.

Have I covered it all? No? Then be so kind and do Educate me. Post them in the comments if you please.

Ciao 🙂

 

Are we creating a Frankenstein with AI?

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God made man. Man made machines. And now man is making a machine with Artificial Intelligence. And isn’t it ironic that man always complains how he hates being controlled and yet now he is making a machine that may not only control him, his life, but also to some extent his livelihood.

The machines haven’t taken over, at least not yet. However, they are definitely becoming a part of our world slowly but surely.

They are affecting how we live, work and entertain ourselves. From voice-powered personal assistants like Siri and Alexa, to self-driving cars, to drones used in surveillance, to gaming options on your smart devices, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is progressing rapidly.

I remember having checked into a fast food chain some time last year in the US. Instead of standing in a queue at the counter to place my order, I was directed by a worker to place my order at a self-ordering kiosk. I could select my food and beverage, pay the price and then either wait for my order being called out or have the option of having my food delivered to my table.

Agreed it gave me a few extra minutes to customize my order, but it also left me thinking if this is going to be the future of the fast food industry, a lot of people will be left without jobs. Because from where I saw it the reality is that automation will be replacing much of the human workforce in coming years.

AI would outperform humans at nearly every cognitive task. But that’s just one side of the coin

Looking at the sunny side, advanced AI and automation is already beginning to tackle some of the world’s complex, and dangerous, problems, from illnesses to violence. Researches are developing software that learns to recognise patterns from large amounts of data and finding solutions. Machines are being ‘taught’ to figure out weather patterns, traffic data, crime data, and even diagnose serious health issues to inform the organizations and institutions known to tackle the source and provide adequate solutions to some of them more precisely.

AI algorithms, aid in planning treatments for cancer by identifying areas of healthy tissue from tumours. The system learns how to identify potential tumours and recommend the right course of action to a doctor.

Certain Airlines use AI algorithms to construe customer data to provide customised services to its passenger’s right from check-in to baggage handling.

Or AI can maximise our use of clean, renewable energy to prevent any further damage on our ecosystem.

A Virtual chef, or creating a music album, or even bringing in sunshine on a cloudy foggy day, who can say, what all AI will make possible.

The question here is will society cope with an AI-driven reality where people are no longer needed or used in the work place? What will people do in a daily growing population with proportionately fewer jobs and no income?

From my simple-minded perspective, and very little knowledge on AI, I am trying to connect the dots about the future of the generations to come.

Will we be living in a world, where a machine may be able to handle the emotions, exude warmth and empathy or think and behave like humans do? Or are we creating a Frankenstein with AI?

Only time will tell!!!

 

 

 

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