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Atharva Jadhav
Student at IIT Bombay by day, reader by heart. My linktree: linktr.ee/Addu_Jaddu

According to Google, approximately 20% of searches on its app are done through voice, and that number is only set to grow as time passes. Voice search is, in the end, far more accessible than typing. There is still some awkwardness over using it in public, but for the most part, people are comfortable asking Siri or Alexa to do any number of tasks for them, from setting an alarm to buying groceries online. As the Internet of Things continues to grow, virtual assistants will be able to do a whole lot more. …


Just yesterday, I saw a Whatsapp video claiming that governments don’t ban alcohol and cigarettes despite their clear negative impact on public health because doing so would reduce their budget, as both have a high tax percentage and thus contribute significantly to government coffers. The rest of the video went far off into insanity, claiming cancer is created by the mind and that if you are happy, you will never fall ill, so I won’t go into disproving that.
At first glance, the argument seems logical, if a tad bit conspiratorial: after all, why else would these societal net negatives be…


Several years ago, I remember a discussion my friends and I were having about food, and suddenly the topic of spices came up, particularly cloves. We had each seen them being used in various dishes but never actually eaten any. It seemed logical to our young minds that they should be tasty by themselves since they were used in delicious meals. One boy decided he just had to find out and snuck a few out of his lunch after being goaded by my classmates. …


Truthfully, despite being Gen-Z, I only got to know about the Shelfie prompt when Squeeze the Avocado tagged me in theirs. For a while, I wondered what I should do: I don’t have many actual physical books (something which I intend to remedy as soon as I get my own house), and most of those are academic. I ended up with an idea that is slightly different from the traditional Shelfie, but I hope you like it anyway.

A very incomplete Shelfie. Image: Screenshot from Webtoon.

It started around November last year: my exams were over, my college was decided, and I had nothing to do. I had…


What Makes a Moon

In the manga Medaka Box, the end of the last arc involves the moon dropping down onto the Earth, called down by the death of someone who should not have been killed. While such an occurrence would doubtless be immediately catastrophic in the real world, in the manga, the main character managed to destroy the heavenly body before the rest of the world even noticed. In the final chapter that shows the characters’ adult lives, we learn that she is planning a ‘Moonsault Plan’ to rebuild the satellite she destroyed years ago. This symbolically brought the story to a close…


Ah, where would be without potato chips, or crisps as they are called in England? The simple, ubiquitous junk food has imprinted itself on humanity, with millions upon millions of bags sold each year. I have probably single-handedly made up a significant portion of that figure. It has also inspired some somewhat questionable flavors, such as Cinnamon & Sugar, Sloppy Joe, and Maple Bacon. I even found a page online demanding a Pizza-Fed Wagyu Beef flavor (I tracked it down and eventually arrived at a comedy webtoon, so perhaps the petition wasn’t completely serious).

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The popular story for the potato…


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Since June is Pride Month, I figured I had to do something for it as a queer creator but wasn’t really sure what exactly I could manage. After all, my college’s year-end exams are in this month (at the time of writing, there are four days before the first), which tends to put a damper on plans. After some thought, I figured I would write about the oft-overlooked vowels of the acronym: A and I. I will only provide the definitions and basic knowledge for each; thus, this should not be considered the final say on any of the topics…


How Adding the Concept of Future Decisions changes the Whole Game

Almost everyone has heard of the Prisoner’s Dilemma or one of the several variations of the basic premise. It goes like this: two criminals are being interrogated separately. Each can either betray their partner or choose to remain silent. If both stay silent, each will be jailed for 1 year. If one betrays while the other remains silent, the traitor is set free while the other has to stay in prison for 3 years. Finally, if both decide to sell out each other, they will be jailed for 2 years. This can be conveniently shown by the diagram below:

The first number represents the punishment of prisoner 1, while the second of prisoner 2.

Now…


The idea of magic has been a vital part of everyone’s childhood. It is embedded within our collective consciousness, showing up in the stories we write and share with others. It has taken multiple forms in our hands, from a powerful force with no limitations to a corrupting influence that takes as much as it gives. Even in the scientifically-advanced world of 2021, many still believe in its existence, with several multi-million dollar industries relying on this belief to make money.

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Magic in fiction is classified on a scale of hardness, depending on how many restrictions and rules are placed…


There is not a single theory more featured in nightmares than Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems. Their presence exists as a conceptual black box, forever preventing complete understanding. When they were officially proven in the 1930s, they single-handedly put Hilbert’s dream for the future of mathematics in the realm of impossibility. Some claim they also stop us from ever knowing the complete list of rules that run our Universe, a grim possibility to consider.

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In the early 20th century, mathematics was going through a crisis of unprecedented proportions: several contradictions and inconsistencies were being found in the popular framework, necessitating an immediate…

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