Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal reviewing the works of sports and youth welfare department in Guwahati on Monday.
Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal. File photo

We all know about the valour and bravery of Ahom general Lachit Borphukhan and how he led the Ahom army to victory in the 1671 Battle of Saraighat against the mighty Mughals.

Such is his valour that since 1999 the best passing out cadet of National Defence Academy (NDA) is conferred the Lachit Borphukan gold medal.

The internet is full of articles and stories depicting in details about the Ahom general.

But even after having so much information online, quite interestingly Google Artificial Intelligence (AI)’s intelligence went for a toss as it failed to differentiate between the great Ahom general and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

If one Google searches Lachit Borphukan’s name, then the first thing one notices is Soonowal’s photograph popping up alongside various images and artists’ impressions of Barphukan.

It is quite astonishing to notice as to how did Google AI fail to differentiate between the two personalities, representing two different eras separated by centuries.

One of the possible reasons for this, maybe the indexing of Borphukan’s name along with Sonowal’s image in a 2017 news article.

The Assam CM in 2017 had unveiled the statue of the Ahom general at Dinjan Military Station, the Headquarter of 2 Mountain Division in Tinsukia district of Assam.

The news was published in the web version of a national daily and it carried an image of Sonowal with the story carrying Lachit Borphukan’s name a number of times.

It may have happened so that due to this high percentage of Google indexing of Borphukan’s name, the Google AI failed to distinguish between him and Sonowal.


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