A. The Biological neuron

An oversimplified biological neuron

A neuron is the basic unit of the human brain which is capable of transmitting electric signals to and receiving information from other neurons. It has the following parts:

  • Cell body: This is where the signals are received and processed.

Strictly in terms of the human brain, there are many more details to the neuron. However, it is this receiving, processing, and transmitting of signals which has always been of utmost interest to…


In 1950, Alan Turing published his seminal paper “Computing machinery and intelligence” (1). Many believe Alan Turing’s ideas in this work to be the genesis of Artificial Intelligence.

Intelligence, as we know in human terms has a lot to do with thinking. Turing, however, has never been a fan of this term, “thinking”. He demonstrates in his paper why the question, “Can a machine think” is too meaningless to answer.

He argues that there is no way we can know that any other human thinks or not and this assumption only arises by the virtue of our own ability to…


Q. “ So Nikhil, why don’t we start with a quick introduction? Since our guest tonight does need an introduction!”

A. “Hahaha, indeed True, Nikhil. So, I am Nikhil. A 25-year-old guy, born and brought up in Jaipur. I work in the software and data domain for an investment bank in Bengaluru. You’ll get to know more about me as this interview proceeds!”

Q. “ Indeed correct! So Nikhil, we’ve heard that you have been quite an academic achiever throughout your whole life. What do you have to say about that? ”

A. “Though I see myself more as a…


For the next 20 seconds of your life do NOT think about an Elephant. What is the first thing that you started thinking about? An Elephant, right?

The human brain as we all know is made up of three components. The unconscious, the subconscious and the conscious mind. Only the conscious decisions we take are totally in our control. However, what is done consciously over a long period of time starts getting into the deeper layers of our mind. Its the subconscious and the unconscious mind that drive our life, that leads us all to different places and situations. It…

Nikhil Agarwal

Living life one day at a time. Interested in math, computers, the internet, psychology and everything that comes in between. An obsessive and critical thinker.

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