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How deepfakes threaten the veracity of everything

The President of Bongo had not been seen in months and the people grew suspicious of his death when a video of him delivering the New Year address was released. Instead of assuaging the rumors, the video of Bongo made him look fake.
The video was suspected to be a deepfake. Synthetic media altered with the help of Artificial Intelligence.



Highly convincing Deepfake tech has led to speculation about how fake media influences political opinion.
Such technology now poses a threat to the veracity of documentation as evidence.
The ease with which AI can make the media look real is alarming. The barriers to creating deepfakes are low so calling into question the veracity of any kind of media no longer requires any sophisticated tech.
Subverting the trust in media is deeply dangerous especially in fragile political climates like in the United States.
These could also have a huge impact on law enforcement where videos are often used as evidence.
Tech giants like Google and Facebook are defini…
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THE CONCEPT OF SHAREHOLDER VALUE

A company is successful only when the value for stakeholders is created.
Revenues and profits are not the only manner in which shareholder value is created. Maximization of shareholder value is a function of sound financial decision making.


The management team of a corporation should keenly create, measure and maximize shareholder value to meet the stakeholder expectations and maximize the growth of the company. 
The stakeholders in a corporation are also its employees, customers, suppliers, and communities it serves; therefore, altering the age-old perspective that companies exist only to maximize shareholder returns. The new shareholders in a company are now the stakeholders.
However, shareholder value  increases the Present Value of Business by a process called Shareholder Value Enhancement or Shareholder Value Augmentation (SVAg).
In other words, Shareholder Value Augmented (SVAg) addresses the change in value over the Forecast Period. Value Augmentation can happen only if the Investme…

Investing in undervalued companies- The Fundamentals

The best tutorial for "value investing " is perhaps most appropriately explained by my favorite cousin Vinny in a 1991 movie, Other People’s Money
Danny DeVito ( Cousin Vinny forever) explains the timeless concept of value investing & intrinsic value in less than 3 minutes.



In this clip, Garfield's computer, who he calls Carmen names New England Wire & Cable the fairest of all stocks.  

Garfield, Coles, and Jorgenson discuss the value of a company, New England Wire & Cable Company.  $30 million of equipment, $10 million in land, $60 million from ‘boring but profitable companies’ in non-Wire and Cable divisions and $25 million in working capital.
Garfield rounds the total down to $100 million (attributed $25 million shaved off due to Carmen's PMS)  and divides by 4 million shares of common stock to obtain a value of $25 per share. However, 3 weeks ago the share was trading at $10. This means that NEWC’s stock is selling at a bargain price relative to their f…

The Kashmiri Articles of Trust died a long time ago

My most childhood memories of Kashmir are of a beautiful azure sky, snow-capped Himalayas, climbing trees in fruit orchards, lush green valleys, sweet water springs, and Popular tree-lined avenues.

Kashmir was about walking down Chinar ( maple) laden roads in fall, dragging my feet to carry as many as possible in my stride. It was about making snowmen when we got buried feet deep in powder for months with no electricity, heating our frozen hands over a warm wood Bukhari ( a wood-burning stove) and mouth-watering Kashmiri food. It was also about a strange unexplained fear of the unknown. The surface was warm. We lived in deeply divided undercurrents. The divide was deep, yet the fissures were shielded in the sweet coat of “Kashmiriyat”. Kashmiriyat is the name given to the cultural values of Kashmir. When the subcontinent was divided by the British on the basis of religion, Jammu and Kashmir decided to be an independent country. The social consciousness of the common Kashmiri is to pre…

SO WHEN DOES LIFE BEGIN ?

We have been fighting a religion defined definition of “ when did the life of a fetus begin”. It is a trap. The debate around this whole concept is so ridiculous that when you see pages of theories being written about the exact time “life took a birth”

Why I call this entire argument ridiculous is because technically everything is life. A cell is a life. An ant is a life, a plant is a life. Zygotes are life too. However, if you choose to mourn the zygote the same way you chose to mourn taking the dead cells off the bottom off your feet- is a decision you need to make with yourself.



All of these arguments around “life” distract from the actual issue, which is that no human should be required to share their organs with another human. No human should be required to sacrifice their life for another human. The intention or reason behind abortion is irrelevant in the context of the right to bodily autonomy.
I would argue that the Liberal “pro-choice” people who aggressively insist that abortio…

THE ABORTION FIGHT IS NOT ABOUT ABORTION

It's about firing the 2020 base. And the mainstream media is helping Trump


When Trump spewed his most preposterous lie about abortion in a rally about how full-term babies were killed by Doctors; do you think no one in the crowd was grown up enough to know that it was a lie? These are full grown people who make more important and logical decisions in their lives every day- what to buy; what to do, where to spend, how to earn a living. Do you think they do not know that Trump was concocting imagery for the benefit of creating a national debate about disgust towards the concept of “abortion”? Abortion is painful. Emotionally, it never leaves a woman. I aborted in 1998, then miscarried in 2008 and 2011. Each time, I named those cells and fetuses, celebrate their lives and created a story for their absence in mine, those cells, which could not find viability, for one reason or the other. So for someone, and these 25 white men, and several others, who have never been through that life-…

The Clock is Ticking : BACKWARD FOR WOMEN

Sometimes it is just a customary sound; but a movement that takes us backward; instead of steering us forward.

2017 and 2018 have been the most regressive years in the progress of women. 

Since Trump became the President of the United States of America, a new culture of suppression of women rights has unleashed worldwide.  He has slowly degraded Women Rights by attacking fair pay legislation, defunding reproductive rights and changing the definition of violence against women. His attitude towards women is evident from the way he treats women and his objectification of the whole gender. In response, the women rights movement has revived itself, only to become negative and vicious.

No one wins when we have to fight. It is still a pity that we have to wave flags, march, hoist posters and commemorate each other on this day every year. We should not have to. 




The global economy could be enriched by about $160tn (£120tn) if women earned as much as men. 

No Zaghari-Ratcliffe should have to be in …