No Game, No Life is an anime series adapted from a light novel series of the same name. It was released in 2014 and become one of the most popular anime of the concerned year. It is based on two teenagers who are step-siblings and they live for one and one objective in the world, play games and be the absolute winner as “NULL”. They both are the same person in the gaming world with the alias Null. Now, here I will not be giving the perfect review of the anime. I am here to reveal the potential and the value the anime can create in the real world.
The characters are sent to a different world by the One True God Tet, a world which is divided into 16 races of the Exceed. They are sent to Imanity, the last Exceed in the group, which consists of human incapable of using magic in this world. All decisions in this world are decided through games, simple games which require two things “Probability and Statistics”.
We all know that most of us hate maths. We never loved it. But, the anime proves that maths could be pretty interesting. Probability and Statistics apply everywhere around us but we don’t apply them because we try to remain dumb. Last week, I was seeing a TED talk on the importance of statistics. It showed that most of the people don’t have the ability to assess real world things. Everybody just assumes any number for anything based on what they heard. If only they could have a greater love for Maths. In the anime, one asks what is the probability of getting an ace in a new pack of cards? Can you guess it? Well, I couldn’t. The answer is pretty simple. “Hundred Percent”. We just don’t know it because we don’t care about the arrangement of cards in a new set of cards. This part was good enough to blow off my mind and think about the world in a different way. What about the number of people passing by the street? It is all information and statistics.
You know your neighbourhood less than what Facebook knows because it has artificial intelligence and it can pretty much give more accurate results for all questions asked about your locality.
The second thing we could clearly look out in this anime is about life in a virtual world. I loved the concept. It is unlike Sword Art Online or any other gaming anime because they were there only for gaming. But think about a world operated purely online. It totally brings the simulation world in our grasp. What if we simulate ourselves in the virtual world with virtual money, virtual food, and real games? What impact will it have on education? We may see teenagers understanding trade better than the adults of today.
We can also see the concept of domains here in this world. Remember, our world is a place which is infinitely random and hence mostly it is us who have to change to fit in this random world. Accepted. But what if there was a totally virtual world which resonated with me and the thing is that we are not playing there. Life is still the same. Everything is simulated virtually we are doing our daily chores. But it is more to our satisfaction. A world where we may live by an experience (XP) system rather than an educational and job qualification system.
To sum up, we can take three points from this anime:
Loving Probability and Statistics
Using virtual world for real objectives
Living in a world chosen by you rather than a completely random world
As for the anime, I would say that the games were pretty good but the characters were outright dumb except the main characters Sora and Shiro. I would recommend this to anybody who loves a clan system and also to those who enjoy ‘n’ learn.
So, we are a month into 2017 and the CES just went by. There were lots of gadgets to look out for but the most interesting point to note is that this year will see the rise of commercial drones. Putting that aside, we know that tech giants are fighting to bring about a “singularity” in the commercial device space. Microsoft has taken the biggest strive towards bringing the mobile and laptop space together. But it is not the only company to be pushing it, other companies are into it too. Except that Microsoft is being open to the world about its future projects as compared to Google, or even Apple who is just the opposite (we all know that quite well) in business strategy.
My father is a normal service man and he is quite content with his “TV”. Even I was invested in TV for all the Pokémon, Doraemon and Tom and Jerry in my childhood days. But you know that TV is not a thing for the next generation. I mean even with Android TVs, you may be able to watch YouTube Videos, share likes and do “Netflix and Chill” but (and it’s a big but) TV’s are only a device to see and experience, that’s all. We cannot do stuff there. It qualifies for a device of the rich if it wants to stand out. I mean unless you take a 3D AMOLED 4K TV with a 4K subscription and android functionalities, it doesn’t qualify for the “WOW” factor. I mean you do not want to take a normal LED TV in which you subscribe to normal channels, all the functions which can be done in laptops nowadays. And the best thing, the VR and AR are also converging to a point called Mixed Reality. Once out there, TVs will be the gadget of the past. But that is a topic for another day.
So, that leaves us with mobiles, desktops, and laptops (normal laptops and the 12.5” to 13.5” laptops). Well, for further reference let’s name the 13” laptops as “Heather”. All these three devices have established strong roots in this world and each has their own strengths and quirks. Here, we can without question strike out the TV because with the advent of the optical fiber, Wi-Fi, and online companies, we can bring TV to the desktop but the reverse is not true. Desktops are a workforce in large organizations and mostly used for professional work. Laptops can be anywhere and with anyone because it is a scaled-down portable desktop which is so convenient. Mobiles, as we all know, don’t need a prologue to earn attention.
Now, let us talk about desktops. The rise of desktops started with a very robust computer language known as BASIC in the 80s. This was the time when IBM PC rose to prominence and then came the Apple Macintosh in 1984. They had their own powerful applications. Macintosh had their very own application for all the basic calculations done by accountants and finance at that time. This took them literally by storm. Later in the 90s, it was the Windows 3.0 which changed the market for desktops drastically and made it a global phenomenon. You see, Macintosh was expensive and no way could it have gained the primary desktop market. Then came the Windows 95 with the added power of Intel Pentium chips and the rest is history. In the beginning of the 21st century, desktops were the prime workforce for anyone who wanted to do something great with technology. The idea of online services was just a new idea for many of the entrepreneurs back then. In the 2000’s laptop existed but they were bulky and powerless. So, desktops didn’t get the competition they required.
To be true, desktops were really good but the thing is that it was an object you had to approach to. It had no beauty to attract just any person out there without the knowledge of complex coding. The only time people approached desktops were in the time of need. For example, “I need a picture of this. Let’s go to the café.” “I need to make a school project. Please let me use the computer, Dad.” Games had played a pretty revolutionizing role in bringing a large mass of people from the whole world to show interest in desktops. In fact, games were the true heir of desktops. Applications like Office and programming languages required something more inspiring to work with, they don’t really require all that fancy graphics card and big screen to work with, just the security and the network. So, desktops had to see its downfall.
This led to the rise of the next big thing “LAPTOPS”. 2008 could be called the year for the laptops since it was the time when the laptops turned the market trends and were ahead of desktop sales for the first time. Laptops had grown in power and feel at that time. Windows XP was already the frontrunner in the software market but with the introduction of Windows 7, power was at our hands. It was the best GUI at that time and nobody could challenge it out. Heck, now also its so popular. But Windows 10 defeated it before the beginning of 2017. With the introduction of chips like Core 2 Duo and the sizes decreasing, laptops became the perfect partners for everyday tasks. With the advent of laptops, so many things started to popularize. Think about it, blogging every time sitting in front of a desktop and typing is boring when you can just sit in the garden to do so. How fun it was for all the coders out there to redistribute their digital time to make their day more efficient. Students also started to have access to the power anywhere they went with the introduction of cheaper and cheaper laptops over the years. The introduction of laptops like HP Spectre showed how far can we reach in the development of laptops.
Fast forward into 2017, and we can see laptops with just about anyone. We have also reached under 10mm designs. This shows that we need a new angle to creating these laptops and the angle was the convertible notebooks. I have personally used the HP Spectre 360 and it feels just so awesome in the hands. The Surface Pro 4 is also one of those defining things in the modern day. I have no problem with the MacBook Pro or the iPad but they are just like a laptop and a Tablet with just one of the two tasks. You really will not do Adobe Photoshop on iPad and you cannot really draw in a MacBook Pro with the Apple Pencil. So, considering their prices I will pretty much put them behind convertibles as of now. To mention, I would definitely say that the iPad totally changed how we educate children on a daily basis. I cannot deny that. iPads are great but they have become pretty much become a very concentrated device aiming at students. Unfortunately, they are the only prominent things adding value to a very slowly adapting educational system all over the world in terms of technology.
Mobiles were a totally different market. It had nothing to do with desktops or laptops till now. Martin Cooper was the first person to make a phone call from his Motorola. Since then, millions of calls have traveled billions of kilometers around the Earth. Nokia became the world’s largest manufacturer in the world in 1998. It was a company that really pushed us to the wireless world. But in 2007, with the introduction of the iPhone, Nokia had a setback but it was not a major setback since iPhones were costly and not everyone could afford that. But Google acquired Android in 2009 and made it an open-source platform. This took the world by storm and Android became the primary software in everyone’s hand after the release of Android 4.0 (Jellybean). Jellybean was the first stable version of Android in the mobile market. It’s hard to imagine somebody without a mobile phone in today’s world. Apps are the one thing that has changed the way we use our mobile phones. Apps are the one thing that has made us a power user. Pretty much anything from tweeting your thoughts to the world, to sharing your best moments with friends and family, discussing your business, is done with the help of apps.
In 2017, you may say that pretty much anything can be handled by the phones of today. With the introduction of fingerprint scanners in the budget phones, we can pretty much say that mobile phones have become one of the most powerful objects in a person’s hand. More than half of our daily transactions are through apps or online portals like Amazon, ticket booking, seat reception or taking an appointment in the hospital. Mobiles are sure to stay there in the long run for the good of the people, even more so than laptops or to be more clear laptops with large screens and non-detachable keyboards. Mobiles are just missing the one thing and that thing is the silver lining. You can post a comment in Facebook as soon as you think but to write a book in mobile just doesn’t feel so much. It may come in handy to write a thought that just went through your mind to add in your story but the medium is just not right for writing a whole story. The same can be said for digital artists. Mobiles may give the professional tools for drawing with great apps like Sketch, Autodesk Sketchbook and so on but the size of the screen is not compelling for professional drawing and that too with bare hands when you can get a hand on the Apple Pencil or the Surface Pen.
It can be taken in consideration that mobiles are pretty much for any task that can be done quickly and laptops and for those tasks which require patience like Photoshops and Projects. But most people don’t have the patience to be the professional they want to be and many of them don’t want to waste time on simple applications which cannot make you a professional. Here comes the concept of blurring the lines between the two devices and creating an authentic experience for each and every person who owns the device. And here comes the concept of 13”.
Why only 13”?
Well, take for example a device in between 6.5” to 9”. Well, first of all these devices are too large to fit in your pockets and yet too small to be of any professional use. Now, let us consider devices that are between 9” to 11”. These are quite good sizes in the perspective but still, we have to cut out the experience on entertainment like watching movies and playing PC games. The iPad Pro is one of the best devices for school students and individual aspiring people but it feels kind of out of power and size for professional use even for Apple users. So, how could it be an example for users of another OS. Well, here we have to sacrifice on one thing and that is the back and front cameras but as I said, mobiles are not going anywhere.
One more thing is approaching fast in our world and that is the use of assistants. A dozen of assistants are existing in our ecosystem as of now but people are looking to increase them. Assistants will take over the app space since pretty much anything can be done by them. Even the things that apps cannot do. It is Google who reminds you of your flight time and not any app that you have installed for that specific purpose. Google Assistant knows how much you have walked that day and where were the places you visited. It knows your preferences, the restaurant you would generally visit and the theater you would go to enjoy movies.
Assistants have not come to disrupt the mobile industry by playing best in the 13” devices because counting distance will still be best in mobile and so is will be the camera shots and so will the calls. It is just that collaboration will become complete with assistants in the new devices. Think how much more you can do. You can do a primitive photoshop and then take the help of PicsArt to tweak your design. You can write your story in the 13” screen with your pencil and tell your assistant to do OCR and convert it into a word document. You can take photos through CamSanner and the Assistant helps you stack those documents according to your needs in specifics files on its own, be it online or offline.
Even when not considering the Assistant, you would be able to play Asphalt 8 in the same device in which you play The Last of Us (IRONY!!! I hope you understand). There will be no meaning of low-level or high-level. Doing projects just got a lot easier as I don’t have to always carry my 15.5” laptop of 1.5kgs wherever I go. Doing homework or making art, learning calligraphy or marking documents, all of this is a smart pencil away. You may be the student who loves to read novels but not textbooks. These will be there for you. You may be the one who wants to code but it is a drag to open and work with laptops in such a busy schedule filled with classes and labs. Reading research papers in a sleeping position. You got it. And many other things which I cannot imagine as of now. But the thing is that it will give you the power you need to be more creative and free in your thoughts. It will help motivate more people to realize their own dreams and execute them with more certainty, power and beauty.
Finally, I would say that it is not about the big changes that happen in someone’s life but the small changes that happen in everyone’s life that matters. Gadgets are the only thing that has helped us become more and more free in our thoughts and now I believe that this will be the gadget that will help each and every person in the world become a professional in their own respect. Companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple are taking it to the next level but other companies like Amazon, Samsung are also striving to achieve a similar future.
Humans have come a long way since their inception as one of the most advanced species on Earth and MAYBE the universe. Language is one of those things that has established itself with humanity all these years and helped humanity evolve through time and vice versa. Humans needed a language to evolve and hence some out of the world thinkers created sounds and codes to interact with others. The ones which became popular helped humanity forge ahead in the future and become more and more powerful and advanced with respect to themselves and every other species in existence. So much so that we are the only ones who can be self-aware that we are going to die someday and go extinct and hence we need to take certain measures to flourish ourselves in this galaxy and if possible, the whole universe.
The only thing which has helped humans evolve through time prominently is language. For example, producing voices to coordinate an attack in the stone age to hunt for food. Or maintaining world peace and globalization by adopting English as an international (not universal) language. But don’t you think that if English was the last of languages which helped humanity achieve globalization, we need a deeper language to advance in the galaxy. English was adapted to create a simple yet dynamic style. Now, a language helps you express your emotion to the world and English a pretty versatile language. It doesn’t have the complexity to express every emotion in a single word but considering its simplicity its influence in the world is no surprise.
Take the USA for example. The very fact that its first official language is English helps people from all over the world understand its motives and goals in a better way than any other country. The UK is also another place but they have a very strict immigration policy, in fact, it is close to impossible to settle there unless some miracle happens. So, due to the open policy and English, US became the most preferable place to look up to interact and collaborate with leaders and enthusiasts and idealists from all over the world. Together, they were able to make one of the most advanced civilization.
But, here comes a catch …
English is a language written on paper. On reviewing the basics, we can pretty much say that it contains rules to follow. In fact, the English accent varies so vastly from region to region that even if the content is understandable, it takes time for the underlying emotions to be absorbed. For example, just to understand the Hollywood accent and their sense of humor, I had to experience quite a big catalog of TV series and still couldn’t get all the humor in the Big Bang Theory. But, when they show it through their facial expressions, it becomes much clear and hence it is most difficult to read Sheldon out of all as he shows the least expressions of all; kind of his character.
What we should understand here is that in order to make ourselves flourish in the galaxy, we need to make a unique language governed by emotions. Emotions are the only elements humanity has that can transcend time. Emotions have been constant in the thousands of years of evolution, only the number of ways to express it have increased over time with the advent of technology. Here, we need to consider two things that can purely convert our emotions to language.
The first thing considered is that of data. We need to make a breakthrough in language that can convey any amount of data at the maximum compressed size. Take a photo, for example, taken by a 13 MP camera. There is no way that the size will drift to double digit in megabytes. But the emotions can vary from a mere “delightful” morning to a random city with people portraying all types of emotions from being “gloomy” to “happy” to “anxious” and so on. This breakthrough will help us push large amounts of data in small packets across the galaxy.
The next thing to consider is time itself. Even after achieving light speed and accuracy in communication with lasers, the amount of time taken for information to reach Earth from Mars is 20 minutes. If a language can be so much intertwined with emotion that anybody who sees it even in bits can get its essence in the right direction, that is the perfect tool for collaborating from far away in the ocean of planets. Think about how many times your mother has been correct about what is going through your mind. Is she some sort of God? Or does she understand your emotions like nobody else?
ARRIVAL is one of those movies that redefines the depth to which a movie can be made. It is one of those masterpieces where the movie starts on with a dull atmosphere and the invasion of aliens, engaging you in the movie with the perception of a dystopian theme but totally changes its theme in the initial stage of the story. The movie beautifully transcends your brain about the relationship of language with humans. So much so that people got flabbergasted after getting the essence of the movie in the right way and were so happy to know that something as basic as language has a work of art hidden in it.
The movie starts with an insight of Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) personal life. Human activities are halted due to the invasion of extra-terrestrial creatures on planet Earth. Dr. Louise Banks is a linguistic expert and Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) a mathematician who are recruited by U.S. Army Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) to make contact on one of the spaceships that is hovering/landed (who knows their technology of landing) in Montana, so that they can make a successful contact with the aliens to find out what is their purpose visiting them. The movie is more about Dr. Louise’s character building and the visuals. So much of the movie rest on the visuals. It is a slow-paced movie and the ones who love looking out for good cinematography in movies conveying a lot of information will love it.
Communication is the one thing that can become the biggest barrier to establishing mutual relationship and understanding. Dr. Louise Banks sets the tone to find a breakthrough in that and stop any war or misunderstanding that is about to stir up. She embarks on a mission to unfold the mysteries of the alien invasion by learning their language and at the same time showing her relationship with others through the beauty of language. Drawings that convey the daughter’s love to her mother, kisses that convey the mother’s love to her daughter and so on. The movie shows the use of Artificial Intelligence to decode the mysterious language of aliens. The language shown is half artwork and half technology, the perfect recipe to forge ahead into the abyss. The movie reveals in a way that our language is linear and hence we perceive time as linear too. But that is not the case with the language of those who have arrived.
The director of the movie Dennis Villeneuve takes the theory of language helping people evolve with time as a by-product of adaptation and not as something which evolved as a result of other evolutionary processes as theorized by Noam Chomsky. Well, the first theory is stronger because nothing happens naturally unless it’s inbuilt. The Morse code was made because it was needed.Hence, do we need a new language that can transcend time and space just like emotions do? The answer is “YES”. Here machine learning and AI come into play to perfect this process and inscribe a language that is inspired by art and has the power to convey emotions to people. Arrival shows how communication is one of those ways that helps us live in a symphony of emotions. Every object has a language to tell its story.
The ending of the movie reiterates the flashbacks Dr. Louise gets from time to time and make us think what we would do once we get hold of a power like this, the language which is also referred as weapons by the aliens. Overall the movie came with a purpose and the purpose was fulfilled. Language is something which keeps evolving over time to better convey our emotions and make us more advanced as humans. In order to become one of the greatest species in the universe, it’s our sense of communication which needs to improve over time.
Now, you guys might be thinking what does the title suggests. ‘Kimi no Na wa’ means ‘What is your name’ in Japanese. Kimi no Na wa is a youth sci-fi fantasy movie. Believe me or not, this movie is a masterpiece and can be considered a deep art to know the science and life stuff. This movie was released on August 6 in Japan and is easily the best movie of 2016, not just best anime movie but in general the best movie in 2016. Kimi no Na wa has earned more than enough positive reviews from critics and viewers alike to recommend it to any category of person in the world. Makoto Shinkai is the director of the movie who has put his heart and soul in making this movie a success.
Kimi no Na wa (Your name) has got almost every emotion bound to it you might see in your daily lives. Laughing, crying, questioning, thinking, love, fear, awkwardness, hate and what not. Needless to say, you will completely feel satisfied at the end of the movie and at the same time would hope for the movie to continue a little longer to enjoy lovely moments in the characters’ lives. The movie is so supernatural and yet so natural in the end that you may relate the story to the real world with some extraordinary events happening over time and space.
Well, the movie gives three clear messages and these are as follows:
Love is something which even transcends 4D physics and hence we are already experiencing 5D physics.
People love and experience extraordinary things every moment but they don’t realise it in their daily lives.
Life is full of contrasting features which fill our lives with the symphony of colours.
Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) is a story about a boy named Taki who lives in Tokyo and is frustrated about his busy compact life and wants to be a country girl somehow magically or in the next birth on Earth. A girl named Mitsuha has rather opposite goals and wants to be a Tokyo boy in her next life. In a magical turn of events, they somehow exchange bodies alternatively. Now, the catch here is that both are not of the same age but they end up loving each other because due to time not being same for both they meet or rather exchange thoughts at different points of time with respect to the viewer but not between themselves.
Your name gives a deep insight in today’s lifestyle and how each one overlaps another in some or the other way. The best thing to see in the movie is the stark contrast and how they turn out so interesting in their own way. The city life of Tokyo – BUSY; Itomori – SERENE. The contrast between a boy and a girl, between technology and tradition. The emotions conveyed through this movie are true to the heart and the scenic beauty just takes away your breath every 5 seconds or so.
So, why is it a masterpiece and one of its kind?
The first thing to consider is the art style and animation. The very fact that everything in the film is so supernatural and yet feels so lively and real sets the stage for an epic piece of art. The next thing so compelling about it is its storyline. It all started as a dream which they experience in reality but ends in a reality they experience in the dream. Now, I have no words for the ending except the fact that tears are guaranteed to trickle down your cheeks at the end of the movie just because of the amount of satisfaction you get and yet, at the same time, the eagerness for more makes you sad. The background music … You should listen it yourself, especially kataware-doki. If you never loved a piano before, be ready for that to change.
Now, if we dive deep into the movie, it wants to tell us that we experience supernatural things every moment of our life but we don’t see it. A dog suddenly chasing you down the street, a new girl/boy in the neighbourhood, a new update in the mobile are all just supernatural. They are the things which define time. Time depends on everything. If we all did the exact same thing at the exact same time, every day in our life, what will time mean to us? Will it be moving forward or will it be something like the Earth’s rotation?
The second theme this movie talks about love being able to transcend through dimensions. This can be pretty true because we can love anything and everything devoid of time. We can love an object or an animal even before it comes to existence. Think about your future child. You love him in the present even if he doesn’t exist. You love the graphene powered mobile phone which changed the world but it is still not there. This proves that emotions are the one thing that are out of time’s control but love exceeds others by a lot. You cannot be angry at someone before he has committed something wrong, nor can be you be sad before he has died, nor can you be happy before something good happens. Joy is a greater form of happiness which is at a level higher but it still requires the perfect external conditions. You cannot feel joyful on a stormy day. Love can be felt at anytime and anywhere.
The third thing shown in the movie clearly is that life is not fair. And that is the reason we live. Life was never meant to be fair. We came into existence to experience life in its infinite probabilities. Is it not so interesting that everyone has a face to differentiate themselves, characteristics to prove themselves, emotions to express themselves. We are all different and this fact should be joyful enough to raise you up from the deepest of despairs and worst nightmares ever faced.
Overall, Kimi no na wa shows that life is unexpected and full of unexpected outcomes. Supernatural or not, we should taste life in different ways, maybe the opposite of what we believe. “Duende” is the right word which fits the movies description. The movie is filled with stellar art and storyline. If you want to taste life in one of the most contrasting ways and want to experience emotions which have been locked away for ages, this movie delivers that.
Hey there, how are you all reading my very first post. My name is Soumyakanti Giri and it’s obvious that I start by introducing a bit about myself and my blog. Well, first of all I am an introvert and gentle yet to learn about the harshness of the open world…… Wait!!! That’s one way of saying it but do you know that introverts like to go off limits and do the impossible and so >>>>Hey there, I am Soumyakanti and my aim is to do the impossible. Well, it cannot happen if I don’t meet new people everyday and share new ideas and knowledge with others to give people the necessary information which they require to treat this world a lovely place to live. And people like me who are already content with this world can always think ahead of time and space to bring out the impossible in themselves.
So, my blog will be about motivating you in one or the other way and providing lots of cool information in an interactive light atmosphere so that you enjoy reading everything that’s important in today’s world and become a person as high spirited as you desired once in your childhood dreams fading into the eternity of nowhere where you will finally reside when all your charm is lost.
Childhood is something everybody wants to experience when we grow up but you know we are not there yet………..you know what I am talking about……..and if you don’t you soon will. Because it’s your willpower which takes you back to childhood and not any virtual reality dream or anti-aging cream of the future that will bring back the experience because its not just us who are changing its the environment which changes so the going back thing just sucks at the present we are living now. What you can do is think about certain things the other way round just like a child. You will do quite a lot of opposites in your mental and physical workforce………I admit it should be a positive thing as you are grown up………like I would just try to learn how to make an android app today just because I have a great idea. That’s taking a leap of faith you keep on losing as your birthdays go one by one.
So, when are you taking your leap of faith to immerse into your childhood days???