It is mentioned in many historical writings, scriptures and legends that ancient India flourished like a ‘Golden Bird’. India is considered to be the cradle of civilization, literature, knowledge, art etc. Many things are disputable just because they were created or existed millions of years ago. But, one jewel in the crown of Indian history is simply in the league of its own. Human civilization’s first language, Sanskrit- A genesis of over thousand supposed dialects out of which 124 are officially known.
Those 124 dialects and 18 official languages in India are daughter creations of the mother of all languages- Sanskrit. Linguistic scientists agree and argue that Sanskrit is the foundation on which many languages have been developed. The Vedas- known to be the oldest religious text- is written in Sanskrit. It is also said that the Vedas can only be understood wholly only if read in Sanskrit, other languages fail to define, elaborate and express the usage of words. No wonder why every translation of the Vedas gives rise to a new meaning.
Computers are brains that do not learn, understand and grasp by their own. They are machines so they need artificial intelligence to work like a brain. Thousands of scientists across the globe, across the annals of time have worked tirelessly on developing genuine computer algorithms. Many languages have been used in the past and present but, no algorithm contests the supremacy that Sanskrit can deliver. NASA has acknowledged and millions of scientists across the world have agreed that the best algorithm for a computer can only be developed in Sanskrit. It’s a sad contradiction that the world is chasing this wonderful language but, Indians themselves are running away from it and its daughter languages.
What makes Sanskrit such a powerful language, especially in case of Artificial Intelligence?
Approximately, since the mastery of Rishi Panini’s literature till present date, 102,8350,00000 words have been used in Sanskrit. But, that’s only time limiting the absolute potential of the language. More words can be found out depending on text nature and context. No wonder India knows Sanskrit as ‘Anant Shabd Bhandar’ (Unlimited word bank). The more we explore the more qualities we find in this magical language.
Sanskrit can define like no other language can. Be it a word or a phrase, sometimes all languages fail to get the listener or reader the exact definition, but not in Sanskrit. The difference is similar to calling your mother’s brother as ‘Mama’ and father’s brother as ‘Chacha’, but in English- its uncle in both the cases. Apart from that, it has best scientific definitions. Water is cold at various levels, all levels are defined, difference is mentioned and properties are signified by the name of the state itself.
One of the major property of this language is that it can explain a big statement in the smallest number of words. Moreover, it’s far more than mere paraphrasing. Sanskrit can express a long statement in the fewest words without changing the tense, context, meaning and structure. This is one of the key qualities that the language possesses that makes it the best language available to create the best computer algorithm.
A phrase once termed does not change in Sanskrit. Other languages need to be updated, changed and adjusted according to literary and linguistic requirements. A phrase once termed thousands of years ago in any other language doesn’t make absolute or same sense today. The context, time and structure affect the sentence and it has to be restructured according to words being used in present time. But, Sanskrit doesn’t need any changing. A phrase once termed millions of years ago, will stay the same today, will mean the same today and will deliver the same message as then without any ambiguity
Schools and colleges in India have Composite Sanskrit courses that are graded feebly. There is always a demand for French and Spanish in linguistic speaking classes, but the rooms that are committed to continue a golden legacy are usually empty. With such a language being native to India, it’s a disgraceful fact that hardly a quarter million understand and practice this language in a native population of 1.41 billion. It would be a bigger disgrace if Indians start learning this language when it will be introduced as an ‘American Scientific Initiative’. It’s a linguistic treasure that we have failed to understand, utilize and apparently treasure.