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This week’s topic: Artificial Intelligence Scientific developments always open up new possibilities for humankind, and one such area of progress is Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is basically about letting machines handle the jobs hitherto done by humans so that humans can have a lot of spare time that they can use looking for a job that will pay them for their everyday living. AI is now the buzz all over the world as

God’s new workshop

You can take my word as it arises from prevailing experience: sloth is not sinful. Well, it might have been by choice or forced by some physical misfortune, but idling is by no means a vice. On the contrary, if you get around to managing your guilt that resides in you and the sly sighs of those around you, it can be argued quite convincingly that doing nothing can actually

TN medical colleges to offer law degrees

* NEET confusion leaves students experts in legal matter * Engineering institutes give 6-month ‘compact degrees’ for medicos Chennai, Aug 17: Even as the Law Ministry has offered its consent for the ordinance exempting TN students from NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test) for this year, and even as, in response. a section of students have filed a plea with the Supreme Court to make NEET valid for TN, there is some good news

The day before

‘Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny’ thus dramatically begins Jawaharlal Nehru’s first Independence Day speech, which to this day nobody knows how it ends. Because, let us face it, howsoever historic the moment may have been, it was still an Independence Day speech, hence boring. Nobody really pays much attention to it. For instance, Indira Gandhi, when she was the Prime Minister in 1982, in her Independence

Poor driving force behind poverty in nation: Think Tank

“They must try their best to inherit massive wealth or co-found Flipkart”  Chennai, Aug 10:  A new study on the economic development of the nation in the 70 years since its independence has put down the growing problem of (economic) inequality on the “inability of country’s poor to get rich adequately”. The in-depth study, undertaken by the well known think tank on economics (well known to its 5 members), TTE

I am Henry Cavendish

What with one thing and another, I had completely forgotten that I was once an award-winning physicist, one who had possibly invented/discovered many things. Luckily, I was reminded of what I was in my previous birth by a website that analyses people’s past life based on their “sub-conscious memories”. I am not giving out the link for this website because one of your friends will already have put a link to it on your Facebook

Dhanush & Madhavan to enter politics

* For a change, TN media set to speculate on this duo now * T T V Dhinakaran to score music for Simbu film * Kamal keeps silent, triggering an even bigger debate Chennai, Aug 2: After boring the heck out of the readers & viewers with pointless analysis and discussions for the better part of this year over whether Rajinikanth and Kamal  Haasan will take the political plunge, TN media now

Kandy Floss!

The ongoing India-Sri Lanka cricket series is a good occasion for me to bring my two decades of journalistic experience to basically showoff about my trips there. I will also reveal, space permitting, how I sneaked into Muthiah Muralitharan’s house in Kandy to meet his wife when he was not there. Sri Lanka has two of the most scenic cricket stadiums in the world, at Galle and Kandy, and to watch cricket there

The write way

The ground below started shifting long back. An undeniable and uncomfortable sense of irrelevance and lack of purpose was afflicting the writing community for quite some time. The belated tsunami struck me with full vigour during the recent three-month sabbatical, forced by a fall that stalled me physically, but kickstarted my introspective instincts. The reasons for the all pervasive disillusionment amidst those who fought the might of swords with words

NEET: The pros, the cons, okay make it con

Chennai: When we at Crank’s News (Motto: ha. ha. ha.) decided to do a satirical feature on the NEET examination this year, we checked out what were the recent developments in the issue and immediately found that we were up against a bigger adversary in matters of creating spoof, the government (Motto: Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha.). For instance, one of the headlines that we came across while preparing for

Kabaddi with Kamal

There is a new news-beat in Chennai journalism these days, and it is called: Chasing Kamal Haasan. We in the media are covering Kamal 24/7 and the actor cannot step out without clumsily tripping on microphones and camera tripods as an Arupathimuvar utsavam-level crowd of reporters seem to be constantly camped in front of his house every morning. We in the media will willingly hire anyone as reporter if he or she has the requisite journalistic skill of climbing the