Lost in Translation. 83. Quantum ML.

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In my previous post The Vedic in Me I expressed disappointment in the error made by Borges in the story of Uloopi. I was really happy to receive this email from Claudio Gomes:

Hello, I have an interesting discovery!

I actually was surprised by this and went to check on the original text (in Spanish). It appears to be a translation error!

In the original text, from Manual de Zoologia Fantástica:

“Arjuna, en uno de los libros del Mahabharata, es requerido por Ulupi, hija de un rey naga, y quiere hacer valer su voto de castidad; la doncella le recuerda que su deber es socorrer a los infelices; y el héroe le concede una noche.”

Ulupi, here, is correctly referred as the daughter of a Naga king (hija de um rey naga), and Arjuna is referred as a (male) hero (el héroe).

Unfortunately, many non-english books don’t get high-quality translations.

Have a great weekend!

This reminded me of the movie:

Lost in Translation is a 2003 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia CoppolaBill Murray stars as Bob Harris, a fading American movie star who is having a midlife crisis when he travels to Tokyo to promote Suntory whisky. Lost in Translation premiered on August 29, 2003, at the Telluride Film Festival. At the 76th Academy Awards, Lost in Translation won Coppola Best Original Screenplay, and the film was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Coppola), and Best Actor (Murray). It had a box office receipts over $118 million on a budget of $4 million.

As you know from Planes, Trains and Automobiles, I like Telluride Film Festival.

Last weekend was the ICC Final game between India and South Africa. It was a treat to watch (live on ESPN+). Not quite the excitement many of us had in 1983 – when we were undergraduates at IIT-Madras – when India surprised everyone by winning the whole thing! (Thanks Siddharth Singh for pointing out that the game last weekend was not the Final.)

Like in Mbappe v Messi, I have taken the opportunity to think about movies (and my own professional career) over the last 40 years. Here is a feel-good movie about the 1983 World Cup:

83 is a 2021 Indian Hindi-language biographical sports drama film written and directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Deepika Padukone, Kabir Khan, Vishnu Vardhan Induri, Sajid Nadiadwala, and Reliance Entertainment. At the 67th Filmfare Awards, 83 received 14 nominations, including Best Director (Khan), Best Supporting Actor (Tripathi) and Best Male Playback Singer (Arijit Singh for “Lehra Do”), and won 2 awards – Best Actor (Ranveer Singh) and Best Lyricist (Munir for “Lehra Do”).

As I was finalizing this short post, I received an email that our paper on Quantum Machine Learning (see 2021 Tayur Prize) has been accepted for publication!

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