Date :07-Apr-2021

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DEDICATED thrust on building newer and smart technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the area of focus for the Armed Forces’ immediate future. This need was very well expressed by Chief of Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria while delving on the use of AI for air warriors. Automation is the name of the game in the changing geopolitical situation even as warfare tactics assume newer dynamics around the globe. The IAF understands the importance of AI-based applications and the need to adopt modern technology in future wars or military tensions. Diversification of operations with asymmetric tactics is being quickly adopted by nations around the globe. From unmanned aerial vehicles the game has quickly shifted to AI taking control of major operations. India’s Armed Forces are not far behind in the game but a major distance needs to be covered as compared to the technological gaint China. Of course, total dependence on AI for conflicts can be extremely detrimental. But the fact remains that AI can bring big changes in the way future wars are fought. IAF must be ready.

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PAKISTAN batsman Fakhar Zaman’s contentious run-out by South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock in an ODI has again fuelled a debate of sportsmanship and spirit of the game. Zaman was caught short of the crease after de Kock allegedly distracted his attention by suggesting the ball was being thrown to the non-striker’s end. Majority of cricket lovers have termed de Kock’s act as cheating and against the laws laid down by the MCC. Interestingly, Zaman has blamed himself for being casual in completing the run. The point that needs to be analysed here is whether de Kock’s act was cheating or an act of deception. The latter is a part of street-smart play that sportspersons use to hoodwink opposition. Calling it an act of cheating is stretching things too far. Every sport witnesses such smart acts when players often attempt to sell a dummy to the opponent. Football sees trickery in spotkicks, tennis unfolds trick shots and even cricket is not complete without deceptive tactics. Those are acts of deception not cheating. By that standard even the slower ones bowled by bowlers or the reverse sweeps and switch-hits should be termed as cheating. Selling a dummy is no offence.