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Life Long Learning Leverage

Learners are earners. One has to either learn or perish and become better version of dinosaurs.


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“Be a lifelong student. The more you learn, the more you earn and the more self-confidence you will have.”-Brian Tracy

Learning is a relatively permanent change in behaviour that results from experience. As a matter of fact learning is the relative term and permanent in nature. Behaviours are the result of learning process. As a psychological term the learning is divided in three different theories. Classical conditioning, operant conditioning and observational conditioning. Some of the major figures in subject learnings are Edward Thorndike, Ivan Pavlov, John B. Watson, B.F. Skinner and Albert Bandura.

The process of learning starts from mothers womb. Indians are familiarized with the stories from history and epics for listening and learning from conversations from outside the mother’s womb. One of the worriers of Maharashtra, the Chatrapati Shivaji said to be listening the narration of story of Lord Ram and Laxman in mother’s womb. The Abhimanyu of epic Mahabharata had listened and learned the war games of fighting in mother’s womb. After birth, the individual learns every thing with five senses and imitates and acts according to the experiences. 

Specific Learning

Knowledge and wisdom are gained by the process of learning. Things are internalised by individual in mechanical manner. Knowledge is acquired from practical experiences. General knowledge is not power but specific knowledge acquired in right direction is power. Traditional education system may give knowledge in general but specific learning skills and gaining knowledge is a life time gig. There are exaggerated information on different platforms and one can pervade through gigantic flow. But unnecessary information may not be to a imperative value and therefore specific information is enough for the precise purpose. In one of the gathering I was asking a gentleman, 

“ Are your feeling insecure about your financial status? 

He said “yes.”

I said, “ So the Warren Buffett!”

Everybody has their own pros and cons. Everybody has their own earnings and expenses. You should not have much money but you should have enough. In the same way you should not have much information but enough.

Learn or Perish

In today’s environment hiring a taxy to filing tax returns, every single thing is digitized and that is the way forward. Much more recent and relevant, those who are not on social media channels are finding it increasingly difficult to stay connected with and informed about their social circle. If this is the case with our day to day lives, not taking an effort to learn and adapt can cost us much more to become improved version of dinosaurs. If you are fan of music, you must have used tap recorders before few decades back that was not sequential and we used to jump randomly for desired songs but with digitization we could reach and listen preferred songs within seconds. With latest version of ITunes[1], we are and will be much more exited to have number of musical and other stuff combined at one place as iTunes is a media player, media library, Internet radio broadcaster, mobile device management utility, and the client app for iTunes Store, developed by Apple Inc. It is used to purchase, play, download, and organize digital multimedia, on personal computers running the macOS and Windows operating systems, and can be used to rip songs from CDs, as well as play content with the use of dynamic, smart playlists. Options for sound optimizations exist, as well as ways to wirelessly share the iTunes library.

Driverless Cars

When I purchased first computer and told to my grandfather that I could send my photograph to my friend in London by this computer in seconds, he burst in laughing. Most of the students were literally surprised when I taught them rapid conversion of Command User interface to Multimedia User Interface. Now even your 14 years child is not surprised for real-time alerts with Google Maps and Waze. You can even ask your Google Assistant [2]to find petrol stations along the way. You can see it all on your car’s dashboard display, helping you know more about what’s nearby. Even your Google Assistant can read your messages out loud. And you can write back by talking. From making calls to using chat apps with just your voice, Android Auto makes driving less distracting.

Jeffrey Miller[3], an associate professor of engineering practice at the University of Southern California, contributed through an article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Three years ago, Nissan was the first car manufacturer to announce they would have driverless vehicles ready for consumer adoption by the year 2020. While consumers, and even some experts in the field, noted that this was an aggressive timeline, it didn’t seem like an unattainable goal. Void of personal and professional opinions, this announcement did a great service for the driverless vehicle industry, promoting awareness of this emerging technology. Awareness is one of the most important elements in driving this industry forward — consumers aren’t going to trust what they don’t know, even if the technology has been validated.

In late August, IEEE —the world’s largest professional organization of engineers — hosted a roundtable at the University of Southern California to discuss the current condition and future development of the autonomous vehicle industry. The roundtable featured experts from a variety of disciplines, including technology, policy/regulation and law, where we addressed comprehensive industry considerations.

A New Vision For “Seeing” The World

One area that is continuing to grow and will play a large role in the further development of autonomous vehicles is Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications. 

Currently, self-driving vehicles are guided by computer vision technology — whether it’s Lidar/Ridar (laser or radar technology) or camera-based sensing — when operating on public roads. However, V2V and V2I are communication methods that will completely transform how vehicles will “see” the road and interact with its environment. Both V2V and V2I are dedicated short range communications (DSRC) devices that work in the 5.9GHz band, have a range of approximately 1000m and can support private data communications as well as public.

At the rate the industry is moving, we’ll start to see V2V/V2I become integrated and tested in controlled settings within the next three to five years, but the technology will require constant evaluation before being available to consumers. Although driverless cars will be on the market by 2020, they will not be able to leverage V2V or V2I until a few years later. [5 Ways Self-Driving Cars Will Make You Love Commuting]

V2V and V2I communications will have large-scale benefits that reach beyond the vehicle. Such communication practices will allow for much safer travel by allowing vehicles to be in constant communication with each other as well as their environment, which will greatly reduce accidents and fatalities. Last May, the Associated Press reported on a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study that found traffic accidents cost the US $871 billion a year — these communication platforms can greatly reduce this number. As a result, traffic patterns and road congestion will also be aided and vehicles will be able to travel at a much faster rate of speed and eventually render traffic signals irrelevant.

Key to implementation will be a high penetration rate of vehicles able to communicate with each other. This will enable self-driving cars to access further data and information regarding their environment, and will work in harmony with already available sensing technology  (radar or video cameras). For example, when a vehicle is coming up to a blind intersection, a vehicle in the perpendicular direction could alert other vehicles to whether it will be able to stop as a signal changes.

The next five years will be important in addressing concerns and barriers to the implementation of V2V and V2I. In August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a release that announced proposed rule-making and an initial analysis of V2V communication. The agency’s primary concerns were technical feasibility, privacy/security, estimates of cost and safety benefits. Like driverless vehicles, communication standards will take some time to gain consumer trust, but eventually they will make their way into the mainstream to compliment the progress of this industry.

Things are changing rapidly but sometimes we are reluctant to learn and adapt the change. Therefore, we have to consider what Ralph Waldo Emerson has said, “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” And lastly,

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” 

Take away

1. You can also learn from difficult situation or silliest mistake.

2. A master can learn from a disciple too.

[1] Source: support.apple.com

[2] Source: android.com

[3] Source: livescience.com

[4] Pictures Source: pixabay.com


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