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June 23, 2020
Vol 62, Page 1

TECHNOLOGY TUESDAY

TECHNOLOGY TUESDAY

What They Say?


"I do not fear computers. I fear lack of them."
— Isaac Asimov

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution."
— Albert Einstein




OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY



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This Day for You - June 23



SPOTLIGHT:


The International Olympic Day is celebrated on 23rd June every year to make people aware about the importance of games in life. Olympic Day is much more than a sports event. It is a day for the world to get active. This day is designated by the UN general Assembly to celebrate 23rd June as Public Service day.

Rath Yatra


Ratha Jatra, the Festival of Chariots of Lord Jagannatha is celebrated every year at Puri, the temple town in Odisha, on the east coast of India. The presiding deities of the main temple, Sri Mandira, Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra, with the celestial wheel Sudarshana are taken out from the temple precincts in an elaborate ritual procession to their respective chariots.
Though in 2019, 1 million devotees joined the yatra, due to Covid-19 pandemic, this time "Rath, i.e, Chariot, shall be pulled by not more than 500 persons. Each of those 500 persons shall be tested for the Coronavirus. They shall be permitted to pull the chariot only if they have been found negative. The number 500 shall include officials and police personnel," the Apex Court's three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind said, announced in its order yesterday.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS


1912 - Alan Mathison Turing :He was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence (AI). Read about AI in Curiosity today!


1952 - Raj Babbar, an Indian Hindi and Punjabi film actor and politician belonging to Indian National Congress. He’s a three-time member of the Lok Sabha and a two-time member of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament.


1957 - Frances Louise McDormand: An American actress. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards (Primetime) and a Tony Award, making her one of the few performers to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1661: On the occasion of King Charles II’s marriage to the Princess of Portugal, the British got Bombay from Portugal as a dowry.

1757: The famous Battle of Plassey took place when Siraj-ud-daula attacked the British under Clive, lost the battle and fled on a Camel’s back.

1761: Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao, the Maratha ruler, died after losing the third battle of Panipat.

1961:The Antarctic Treaty was enacted, reserving the entire continent for free and non political scientific investigation.

2016:The United Kingdom voted in a referendum to withdraw from the European Union, with 51.9 percent supporting Britain's exit (“Brexit”) and 48.1 percent opposing the move; it marked the first time a country had decided to leave the organization.

Christopher Columbus



Christopher Columbus was born in the Republic of Genoa, today northwestern Italy. His father was a middle-class wool merchant, though it was moderately humble beginnings for what he later became. Columbus learned to sail from an early age and later worked as a business agent, traveling around Europe to England, Ireland, and later along the West coast of Africa.

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He was not a scholar but was an enthusiastic self-educated man, who read extensively on astronomy, science and navigation. He also became fluent in Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish. Christopher Columbus was a believer in the spherical nature of the world. An ambitious man, Christopher Columbus hoped to find a Western trade route to the profitable seasoning markets in Asia.


Columbus was a skilled navigator with tremendous faith in the possibilities of exploration. However, in 1500, Columbus was arrested and placed in chains. After several weeks in jail, Columbus and his brothers were released.

Christopher Columbus Never Set Out to Prove the Earth was Round. When Columbus set sail in 1492, he predicted he’d make landfall in Asia. Rich Spaniards of the late 15th century thought Columbus would fall off the edge of the map. Though Columbus never proved Earth was round, he did manage to upset long-held doctrine in another way when he ran across a continent nobody in Europe even knew was there. He didn’t think Earth was flat, but by jumpstarting the Age of Exploration, he changed the course of human history.


Towards the end of his life, Columbus became increasingly religious. Columbus died in 1506, aged 54 from a heart attack related to reactive arthritis. Columbus is adored by many European Americans as the man who helped put America on the map. Columbus Day is observed on 12 October in Spain and across the Americas.

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
Reach me at: 705tk@theschoolsocial.in for any questions, advice or feedback.



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Tips and Tricks to be safe online


According to India’s cybersecurity agency CERT-IN, India is about to face a potential threat of cyber attack in the form of Phishing. It is suspected that the attack shall begin from 22 June 2020. Our cybersecurity firm has claimed that malicious people will use Email Id’s of lakhs of people to collect sensitive information about people. Therefore, it is time for us to be very cautious of our activities when we are online. Today, we will tell you certain tips and tricks to stay safe on the online platform. Read on to learn more…
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You must be wondering what is a Phishing Attack?

Phishing attacks are a type of scam where the criminals send emails to normal people, pretending to be a legitimate company, to collect their sensitive information. The most common types of Phishing are, email phishing, spear phishing (another type of email phishing), whaling (sending fake links and URL to users), smishing and vishing (similar to email phishing) and angler phishing (providing fake URL through social media). Indian Citizens are currently under the threat of an online phishing attack that may involve some or all of the above threats. However, here is a list of things you can do to avoid such online threats:


1) Do Not open any attachments from unsolicited mails.

Even though you receive emails from people you know, you have to be extra cautious. Do not click on the attachments because it came from your friends or family members. Always check the email address of the sender, before clicking on them. Make sure the ID is a correct one, before opening any attachment from anyone. Especially do not open or respond to emails that come with the subject of ‘Free COVID-19 testing’.

2) Do Not click on links or URLs before checking their integrity.

Make sure you check the integrity of a link by directly going to the official page before clicking on them. Do not provide important information to URLs that claim you have won prizes, or rewards. Also Do Not provide information to unknown websites, if they ask you to.


3) Use safe browsing tools

Make sure the browsing tools that you use, Opera, Firefox, Google Chrome, etc. are safe and updated. Do not try to update them yourselves, ask your parents to update the tools and their security. An updated browser can tell the difference between a suspicious link and a normal mail. So it is safer to use that.

4) Beware of Pop-ups

While accessing the internet, you may have experienced a pop-up. It could be an ad, or an information or a registration link, etc. sometimes they are safe with legitimate information. But other times, they are attempts by criminal minds to scam us. So, try to avoid pop-ups. You’ll see your internet browser provide you the option of blocking such pop-ups. Make sure you block them instead of clicking the ‘x’ sign on the upper right corner.


5) Use reliable antivirus softwares

Make sure your parents install reliable, updated, antivirus software on all the devices your family uses. Antiviruses generally scan every document that comes from the internet to your computer. So, any malicious file will be immediately detected if your devices’ antivirus is updated.

Just make sure you do not click on unsolicited links, URLs, and emails. Always ask your parents before clicking on a website. Do not provide information to anyone on the online platform. And make sure you reach out to cyber security investigators if you visit any suspicious websites.

Credits: Lovely

Write to me at paparis705@theschoolsocial.in



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Battle of Plassey

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Misconceptions: Artificial Intelligence

Ever since the advent of the computer age, the field of computer science has advanced in leaps and bounds. Machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data analysis have been some of the most intensely researched areas in the modern age owing to their exceptional relevance and potential in providing a better quality of life. However, I’m also sure you’ve heard of Skynet - yes, the artificial neural-based superintelligence that basically took over the human race in the Terminator movies. Movies like these were vital in making us aware of the potential dangers of AI, and technology in general - albeit in a dramatically exaggerated way. Unfortunately, the same also resulted in the dissemination of widespread misinformation regarding AI amongst the public, especially promulgated by people with non-technical backgrounds.

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1) “AI will render human intelligence obsolete.”

Unlikely. Intelligence is not simply measured in terms of calculating speed or analysing vast amounts of data seamlessly. That is a part of it, yes. However, intelligence is also measured in terms of creative thinking and cognitive skills. Computers, powered by artificial intelligence, do indeed outpace humans in terms of the former. However, they stand nowhere close to matching human intelligence in terms of the latter and are unlikely to do so anytime so.


2) “AI is going to take over everybody’s jobs.”

In a country where unemployment rates are higher than ever, the integration of AI in day to day life might indeed disrupt manual labour further. However, the generalisation that AI is poised to take over everybody’s jobs is but fear-mongering/paranoia. The implementation of AI is to make the quality of human life better rather than depreciate it further. Ergo, AI should only be used as a tool that can augment a human workforce rather than as a replacement for the same.

3) “AI will soon enslave human beings.”

Ah...the Terminator Syndrome. Common sense should prevent humans from ever developing a machine that can use its own cognitive skills to turn on humans. Nonetheless, programming consciousness - one of the definitive features that distinguish living things from non-living objects, is a herculean task. One of the reasons for that is because neuroscience is still discovering new stuff about our brain every day. Ergo, we still don’t understand “consciousness” completely...yet. Nobody can really speculate about what’ll happen in the future, but it is safe to say that the T-800s aren’t going to squash the human race anytime soon.

4) “Only unskilled labour is going to be affected by AI.”

As mentioned before, AI is definitely going to have an impact on manual labour. However, AI can also be used to perform much more complex tasks like surgeries, and comprehensive threat assessments that require both finesse and critical thinking. For example, an advanced AI-powered robot, the Da Vinci, has been used to perform complex surgical procedures in a minimally invasive fashion leading to fewer complications and significantly cutting down hospital stay. However, it is important to stress that such complex procedures aren’t performed by AI-powered robots autonomously. Rather, they are controlled by highly skilled surgeons which allow them to exert greater control over the procedure itself.

Credits - Arko De.
Source - Bernardmarr.com



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STAY AT HOME ACTIVITIES

The Writing Olympic


Pick a pen, a paper and a corner of your home! It’s time for The Writing Olympics!

For the 5 circles of the Olympic Games, for 5 Days from now, we bring you 5 writing prompts every day and you can pick any one to write about.



Day 1 writing prompts:

1) Write a short story about a fictional city where everyone has one surprising thing in common.
2) Think of one major difference between your experience of in-school learning and online learning, and write about the differences.
3) Do you consider yourself to be an organized person? Why or why not?
4) What are you grateful for? Make a list of things that make you feel thankful and choose one to write about.
5) What is your all-time favorite memory? What makes it so important to you?

Rules of the Game:

1. Word-limit: Less than 250 words
2. No plagiarism: Original entries will only be accepted. Strictly no copy-paste!
3. Date of Submission: June 24, 2020.

Eligibility: Anyone with a passion for writing. Open to students, teachers, and parents too.

Award: Best Entries get featured in the magazine and on

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5 Words to use instead of ‘Amazing’:

Remarkable: Worthy of being remarked or noticed; noticeable; conspicuous; hence, uncommon; extraordinary.
Astounding: To astonish, bewilder or dazzle.
Mind-boggling: That causes the mind to boggle; that is beyond one's ability to understand or figure out; bewildering; mystifying.
Incredible: Amazing; astonishing; awe-inspiring.
Breathtaking: Stunningly beautiful


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MP tea-seller's daughter Aanchal tops academy to become IAF officer
Flying Officer Aanchal Gangwal, a Madhya Pradesh tea-seller's daughter was awarded the President's Plaque for topping the Ground Duty branches at Air Force Academy in Hyderabad. She says: “When I was a school kid, I had decided to be in the defence. Today as I become an officer, it still feels surreal. It is a dream come true. To stand in my uniform, in front of my father and mother, who have fought all the difficulties in their lives to get me here. However, due to Covid-19 that could not happen. But I am happy that they could see the ceremony on television.”



Google tests the 'Shared Piano' tool that lets users play music together.
Google has launched 'Shared Piano', its experimental tool for remote music teaching and collaboration that lets users play music together live on the web.
Users can play on the web app and share the link with friends to create a virtual practice space.
They can also switch between a piano, drums, strings, marimba and woodwinds, among others.

THE Happy Pill

The World’s Loneliest Elephant is Free Now!





An elephant at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, is set to be freed thanks to a May 21 ruling by the Pakistan High Court. Pop icon Cher, who advocated for four years on his behalf, calling him “the world’s loneliest elephant”, is celebrating the news.

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Teacher's Blog

The Art of Being Positive

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By: Tanya Arya


Being positive is not only a thought but also your life. Positive thoughts not only help you overcome your problems but also make the journey of your life easier. We know it’s easier said than done and we don’t know about the problems in your life but a positive thought can make a big difference.
Positive thoughts are very powerful. It can change your life forever.
If you keep thinking of yourself as a failure you will be a failure and if you think of yourself as a winner you will be a winner not immediately but definitely. But remember you have to be realistic, you cannot ignore the problems.
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You have to recognise the problems and find a solution to it.
Reading this or many such articles on positive thinking won’t help you but incorporating the positive thoughts in your life will definitely help you. Try these:
1. Stop blaming yourself: Stop blaming yourself for all the problems in your life instead find solutions to the problems with a cool mind and remember we cannot change everything and everybody around us but we can change ourselves.
2. Be confident: Like a coin has two faces similarly life also has two phases. Your life never remains the same. It changes every day. Today may be dark but remember darkness is always followed by a silver lining.
3. Spread positivity: It’s very important to be optimistic but it is equally important to spread positivity. Remember the world is like a mirror and it reflects back what you show. So be positive and get positivity in return.
4. Start your day with Thanksgiving: Never start your day with recalling your problems or the mistakes of the previous day instead start your day with thanksgiving. Thank god for blessing you with a new day, for the opportunity to rectify your mistakes, for completing your unaccomplished tasks -the opportunity that many others did not get. Every new day comes with new opportunities.
5. Believe in yourself: We cannot choose our parents, we cannot choose the country we are born in, we cannot choose our siblings but positivity is a choice we all can make and we are never too late for it.
Be Positive!
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June 23, 2020 Credits

1) Lovely Sarkar - papris705@theschoolsocial.in
2) Ipsita - ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
3) Arko De - iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
4) Tarini - 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

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