Evidence based policy making : biggest threat to Sri Lanka’s political system and other nutty thoughts stewing in the head


The voices in the head have been busy. Yet the holidays haven’t granted a breather to output the thoughts into words. The best I have managed are jottings in spare seconds scattered across the days. As usual what started as a single post keeps breeding more. The common theme dances around the foundational perceptions in … Continue reading Evidence based policy making : biggest threat to Sri Lanka’s political system and other nutty thoughts stewing in the head

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Sri Lanka signs joint defence treaty


Sri Lanka’s treaty with its nuclear armed neighbour has changed the region’s strategic landscape.

Humans need accountable AI design


Why we must demand transparency/auditing on AI , Machine Learning algorithm design AND the data quality used to "train" AIs.

Why Sri Lankans are late (the REAL reason)


It's a 3+ minute read about power and intimacy.

Five thousand years later


Five thousand years later I can still see the bend of our river. A curve of hissing, foaming power. Coiling white against the high plateau of our village. Its black mass topped by the rampart's teeth. Waiting to impale the setting sun. Inside those ramparts is my universe. I am seeing it from the outside … Continue reading Five thousand years later

Strange music


Music I like is too “strange/weird” for most adults. Most of it are in languages I don’t understand (not modern Sinhala or English). Triggering an instinctive “what’s that?” from whoever hears it. Short answers like “Tuvan throat singing”, “Baul music” or “an avant-garde Ukrainian folk song” are not enough. The inevitable prune faced expression forces … Continue reading Strange music

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Sri Lanka : we need to talk


Mention Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Sri Lanka and the retort is that the country needs it. Because natural intelligence dried up long ago. Then we are back to cricket. There are variations of the “lack of intelligence” insult. All desecrating the achievements and intelligence of countless ignored heroes. Yet AI is neither a joke nor … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Sri Lanka : we need to talk