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Using Machine Learning Technology to Decode the Bhagavad Gita


This study paves the way for the application of AI-based tools to compare translations and assess sentiment across a variety of texts. According to Eknath Easwaran, M.K. Gandhi and Purohit Swami's analysis of the quality of English translations of the Bhagavad Gita, machine learning and other artificial intelligence (AI) approaches have achieved enormous success in scientific and technological tasks such as determining how protein molecules are formed. The use of these methodologies in the humanities, on the other hand, has yet to be substantially explored. But what can AI teach us about philosophy and religion? They used deep learning artificial intelligence algorithms to analyze English versions of the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Hindu scripture initially written in Sanskrit, as a starting point for such research.

Decoding Bhagavad Gita through machine learning: What AI-based technologies tell us about philosophy, religion


Machine learning and other artificial intelligence (AI) methods have had immense success with scientific and technical tasks such as predicting how protein molecules fold and recognising faces in a crowd. However, the application of these methods to the humanities is yet to be fully explored. What can AI tell us about philosophy and religion, for example? As a starting point for such an exploration, we used deep learning AI methods to analyse English translations of the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Hindu text written originally in Sanskrit. Using a deep learning-based language model called BERT, we studied sentiment (emotions) and semantics (meanings) in the translations.

William Gedney's Travels in India

The New Yorker

When the photographer William Gedney left for India, in the fall of 1969, he had just started to win a slender repute for his intimate portraits. The previous year, the Museum of Modern Art had given Gedney his first major exhibition: forty-four black-and-white photographs taken during his excursions into Kentucky's coal-mining country and San Francisco's counterculture. In these surroundings, Gedney had captured the lives of Americans inhabiting the frayed borders of their societies: in rural Kentucky, three girls in a bare, grimy kitchen, in what feels like the slow middle of a Sunday afternoon; in California, a young couple kissing on a beach as a friend plays a recorder. Somehow, Gedney had crept into these quiet, throwaway scenes and burgled them for his camera. Perhaps it was inevitable that India would call to Gedney: His work, the MOMA curator John Szarkowski wrote, was a study "of people living precariously under difficulty," and there were millions upon millions of such people to be found here.

Read the Synthetic Scripture of an A.I. that Thinks it's God


Travis DeShazo is, to paraphrase Cake's 2001 song "Comfort Eagle," building a religion. He is building it bigger. He is increasing the parameters. The results are fairly convincing, too, at least as far as synthetic scripture (his words) goes. "Not a god of the void or of chaos, but a god of wisdom," reads one message, posted on the @gods_txt Twitter feed for GPT-2 Religion A.I. "This is the knowledge of divinity that I, the Supreme Being, impart to you. When a man learns this, he attains what the rest of mankind has not, and becomes a true god. Another message, this time important enough to be pinned to the top of the timeline, proclaims: "My sayings are a remedy for all your biological ills.

Column One: If you practice yoga, thank this man who came to the U.S. 100 years ago

Los Angeles Times

Long before he arrived in the United States to bring the ancient Indian practice of yoga to the West, Paramahansa Yogananda visited a temple in Kashmir and fell into an ecstatic trance: in his vision he saw the temple transform into a gleaming white mansion. It sat on a hilltop in a distant land. Years later, he visited Mount Washington, a hilltop neighborhood less than six miles from downtown Los Angeles. And there he saw it, the gleaming white mansion. "I recognized it at once from my long past visions in Kashmir and elsewhere," he wrote.