Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Imitation Game

Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.

Please go see this movie. We have already stepped into an AI era and it would help the gray matter to learn a thing or two about the history and sacrifices made by many to make this possible.

Seriously !! In the grand scheme of things, who the hell is the Queen of England  to "pardon" Turing? That apology by Gordon Brown was more appropriate for starters. Monarchist act in 2013 was one of the many vivid proofs that we, humans have made little progress.

But yet, we made progress and there was that sweet sensation of payback when Tim Cook, the CEO of worlds largest and most innovative computer company came out this year and said:

For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.

While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.

“For him, breaking the Enigma was much easier than the problem of dealing with other people, especially with those holding power.”

- Andrew Hodges, Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film "The Imitation Game"

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