“Ingreesi Mahattaya” – Two years a village schoolmaster – by GEORGE BRAINE   Getting on the bus in Badulla town, I asked the driver if he could let me off at the Kendegolla Maha Vidyalaya. He gave me an odd look, but said “Naginna” (get in). The small bus went along the Passara Road, turned left, and began to climb a narrow road, winding past village houses and patches of tea. After half an hour, the driver stopped and pointed to a small white speck on the highest hill, miles from the road. “That’s the school”, he said. My heart sank. What was I, barely out of my teens, doing in remote Uva hills, hundreds of miles from home? At Maharagama training college, I had met Fawzia, and we had fallen in love. She was from a traditional Malay family, and we did our best to keep the relationship a ...

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Smart AI: Is AI changing smart device usage? – By Aditya Abeysinghe     Smart devices are considered smart because they can automate their services. They often communicate using wireless media to provide required functions to users. A smart device can be any device that can process data; from microcontrollers to smart vehicles. Smart devices often lack storage and compute power to process most algorithms which use Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods. However, many algorithms which are used for AI have been optimized such that they can be used in these devices. Where is AI? AI models are used in processes for computation beyond usual application-based processes. Using AI models, different types of AI methods are used to process data. These models are usually lightweight algorithms which can be used within smart devices. Model training and testing are usually carried out on low memory and computation power such that they could be ...

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“FOR SCEPTICAL SENIORS” – by Des Kelly As we grow older, most of us tend to get sceptical about the happenings around us, so here, Ladies & Gentlemen, are 12 Commandments, written on ordinary paper rather than stone, sent out to us by Keith Bennett, for our individual perusal. Please read them carefully to avoid deep, dire consequences, and thank you Keith, for the advice. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka.   TWELVE COMMANDMENTS FOR SENIORS #1 – Talk to yourself. There are times you need expert advice. #2 – “In Style” are the clothes that still fit. #3 – You don’t need anger management. You need people to stop pissing you off. #4 – Your people skills are just fine. It’s your tolerance for idiots that  needs work. #5 – The biggest lie you tell yourself  is, “I don’t need to write that down. I’ll remember it.” #6 – “On time” is when you get there. #7 – Even ...

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