One professor mentions, “The definition of a machine is simple. It is anything that reduces human effort. Anything. So, see the world around you and it is full of machines.” A student, Ryan asks: “Sir, what about a gym machine, like a bench press or something? That doesn’t reduce human effort. In fact, it increases it.”
I am reading Chetan Bhagat‘s Five Point Someone, now a days. This book brings out the sheer brilliance of IIT students in a very subtle way. The professor does not know how to respond for Ryan’s question. Some students can pose fairly challenging questions based on their common sense and without any prior knowledge and unsettle teachers in the class.
“Dad! Why are you calling him ( system admin) for everything? Don’t you know how to handle a computer? But, you always work on the computer itself!!!”, kid daughter of a software giant asks.
Does he has any answer?