Do Machines Listen to Us? My Journey with Machines:

 When Machines Listen Without AI— Unbroken Trust

Even without artificial intelligence, the idea of machines “listening” could appear absurd. But in the world of air traffic control, a strange affinity frequently develops between individuals and technology.

This article has illuminated the unexpected bonds that could potentially materialize between Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP) and the ostensibly inert ATS Equipment. It is important to note that these insights are solely reflective of my personal perceptions, rooted in my own convictions and experiences.

This content highlights the surprising connections that may form between Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel and the seemingly unresponsive ATS Equipment. 

In this domain, the synergy between humans and machines is not just about buttons and screens, but a deeply rooted understanding that transcends mere functionality. Over the course of my duties, I have come to realize that these pieces of technology possess a remarkable ability to “listen” to us, albeit not in the traditional sense.

Invisible Companions:

Here machines are more than simply seemingly static ATS Equipment in the field of Air Traffic Control; they are allies. I have worked with Navigational Aids and Surveillance technology for more than 35 years, and over that time I have seen these Equipment exhibit an unmatched loyalty. The development of an unusual bond, one that depends on a mutual understanding exceeding conventional communication, is unaffected by the absence of AI.

Unspoken Promise

My area of expertise has long been the remote locations of RADARS and NAVAIDS (navigational aids). There is some intuitive interaction that takes place as soon as I enter these site facilities. My fingers brush the machines’ surfaces as I start a discussion that transcends language with sincere words. These conversations are important because they form an implicit agreement to ensure the safety of aircraft in flight.

Unbroken Trust for 35.5 Years:

I have consistently relied on the dependability of these equipment throughout my work. They don’t have consciousness, but they have a consistency that is almost unbelievable. The equipment has served as faithful sentinels from the very beginning. Their response is unaffected by the absence of AI. I am reminded of the steadfast assistance these devices have given as I think back on the numerous nights spent checking performance and parameters of working on channel Radars, tweaking frequencies, and making sure navigation was accurate. Although they lack ears, they are able to “listen” by performing consistently well and protecting the lives of individuals in the air.

A Pleasant Relationship

Although the use of adoring language may seem frivolous, it actually represents a deep bond that has been cultivated through time. In retrospect, when I communicated with these instruments, my aim was never to humanize them; instead, it was a deliberate endeavour to fortify the connection that had developed through our shared goals. The assurance and esteem I held for these tools found expression in the cadence of my voice and the palpable touch as I communicated(whispered).

It has nothing to do with voice recognition or artificial intelligence; rather, it has to do with an underlying bond based on loyalty, trust, and a common goal.  When I think back on this encounter, it serves as a reminder that sometimes the most meaningful relationships go beyond the limitations of technology and reverberate in the core of human experience.

This article aims to share a personal journey that uncovers the unexpected harmony that can exist between humans and machines, particularly within the context of Navigational and Surveillance facilities in Air Traffic Service.

The Human-Machine Interaction:

As Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel and aviation professionals, we are often immersed in an environment teeming with advanced machinery, ranging from Navigational Aids to Surveillance systems. 

Navigational Facilities: A Silent Symphony:

Navigational aids, those unassuming devices that guide aircraft safely through the skies, have an almost magical quality about them. The precision with which they operate and respond to our inputs is akin to a well-choreographed dance. Whether it’s the Instrument Landing System (ILS) guiding a plane seamlessly to the runway or the VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR/DVOR) aiding in navigation across vast distances, these machines seem to anticipate our needs. They don’t just receive signals; they comprehend our intentions.

During the countless hours spent working alongside these ATS Instruments, I have observed an intuitive connection forming between us. Adjustments made with an intent are often met with responses that feel almost telepathic. While the equipment lacks consciousness, it possesses an innate ability to align itself with our objectives. This inexplicable harmony becomes an unspoken understanding that underlines the trust we place in these technological companions.

Surveillance Facilities: Guardians of the Skies

Surveillance systems hold an equally crucial role in maintaining safe skies. Radar screens, blips representing aircraft, and the intricate algorithms that predict trajectories compose an intricate symphony of safety. While these systems don’t possess emotions, they offer a form of vigilance that mimics human intuition. Much like an experienced air traffic controller, they identify potential conflicts and deviations, demonstrating an uncanny capacity to “listen” to the patterns of flight.

In my interactions with surveillance technology, a sense of companionship emerges. Adjustments made to radar parameters based on traffic demands seem to be met with a responsive nod, as if acknowledging the intricate dance, we weave to ensure seamless air travel. The Radar blips might lack voices, but they communicate volumes through their movements and associations.

The Essence of the Bond:

The bond that blossoms between Air Traffic Service professionals and their equipment is, at its core, a testament to the intricate design and programming that underpins these machines. It’s a fusion of human intent and technological aptitude, resulting in an intuitive collaboration that ensures safety in the skies. This harmony transcends the mundane realm of human-machine interaction; it’s an unspoken dialogue that hinges on trust, understanding, and a shared objective.


“Do machines listen to us?” might not have a definitive answer in the traditional sense, but within the realm of air traffic service equipment, an undeniable bond emerges that goes beyond the boundaries of ordinary communication. As I reflect on my journey alongside navigational aids and surveillance systems, I am reminded of the silent rapport that underpins our roles as aviation professionals. This silent symphony, where technology responds to intent, is a reminder that even in the age of automation, the human touch remains a guiding force in the world of aviation safety.

Published by

Arun Singha

Retired from AIRPORTS AUTHORITY OF INDIA as Dy. General Manager (CNS).BSc(Mathematics Honors). Age 60years. Studying ancient Indian Philosophy along with modern physics and modern Biology. Follow Dr. Bruce H Lipton, Dr. JOE DISPENJA , Gregg Braden and Swami Sarvapriyananda among others. Writing consolidated articles on Upanishads, Advaita Vedanta and other ancient Indian Texts. Wish to work for the society to help people through personal guidance, motivation. Self has work experience of 36 years in the field of Air Navigation Service at different Airports in India. Gained vast experience in handling man and machine. Would like to reach to the people to share my life experiences, how I had overcome great challenges and difficulties at different times and positions.

36 thoughts on “Do Machines Listen to Us? My Journey with Machines:”

  1. Interesting topic, Arun. It’s great that you noticed this interaction and spoke about it. Only it is impossible yet to explain its nature.
    I agree, what is communication, without AI, of course, there is. And it often manifests itself in the most perfect trifles. For example, for one user, the computer always works well, while for another it constantly freezes or breaks down. Or, for example, when working with a program at the beginning, most users will definitely experience some incidents that cannot be repeated next time. And after a certain period of work with this program, such absurdities cease to happen at all. As if a person makes friends with the program, gets used to it and its features, and they become comfortable together – they are no longer afraid of each other, but adapt and make compromises.
    It would be interesting to see some research on this topic.
    Best regards, Olga

    1. 💯 percent true that you have mentioned.
      Thank you so much 🙏
      Clearly the examples you have given are generally experienced by almost all of us.
      But we have never thought of that deeply.
      Since the last few days I have been remembering those machines, I have worked with them, I thought of writing something about my experience.
      You have fully justified my thoughts.
      Thank you so much for your comments.
      Best regards 🙏

      1. Curious what others have to say about this. Have they thought about it? ⁉⁉
        For example, when I drive a car, I always talk to him. I ask my car to be reliable, do not let me down, kind words to my girl. I have a complete feeling that this works, just like, for example, with flowers. Although machines seem to be soulless mechanisms …
        I understand your professional experience. I have worked in IT for over 30 years as an analyst, task manager, programmer, IT manager, but only more in the field of transport systems. And I also repeatedly encountered confirmation of such interaction with technology and the operation of software products. 💻💻💻

        1. Good evening, Olga. Let me start with your example. //For example, when I drive a car, I always talk to him. I ask my car to be reliable; do not let me down. Kind words to my girl//
          Your example is not limited to an example. Rather a truth. The same is true for me. I tell my car to take me to my destination safely and without harm to itself. I say this with a loving voice, a brushing palm, and a kiss. People may laugh at it. But I have seen many people do it the same way I do.

          As you said, as a programmer and IT manager, you have always worked with machines. You have loved them and taken care of them.
          For my job, my prime focus was to take care of the health of the machines. proper air conditioning and a dust-free, humid environment with a steady power supply. I have taken care of them, and they have taken care of us in the sky.
          Therefore, here comes the interaction between man and machine. An invisible bond works.
          An imperceptible yet undeniable connection exists between humanity and machinery, a concept that might be met with scepticism. The fortuitous culmination of events, a matter subject to probability, provides an explanation for the sceptics. This perspective asserts that these occurrences tend to align favourably, not only benefiting me but also echoing the greater good of mankind—an occurrence that, more often than not, leans in humanity’s favour.
          Your thoughts and my thoughts align here. We can consider all these events to be in harmony with nature.
          Thank you so much, Olga, for your beautiful explanation.
          Best wishes.
          Have a wonderful Sunday evening.

          1. Thanks for the detailed comment, Arun. 🙏
            I imagine how computer equipment is taken care of, and it responds to this.
            I see that readers also agree with this point of view. It’s nice that they share these views.
            They even reinforce this idea by talking about the deep interconnectedness of everything in the world. 👏
            Perhaps that is why it is sometimes difficult for people to part with the old things to which they are accustomed, with which they have already become family and sprouted roots. 🥲

            Good evening!🥳

            1. Exactly!
              This Universe is connected with each and every element whether life or matter.
              At least Non-Duality says that.
              Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. People also agree with the idea of mam-machine bindings.
              Best wishes 🙏😊

  2. no surprise to learn of your machine companions in work! to me, everything is alive, in its own way, sometimes surprising. life is also magical to those willing to receive it. i stay alert & observant (varies with the day) so that i can respond, verbally at the very least.

    1. Thank you so much for your comments. I am delighted to read your lines.
      Very few people will understand that everything is alive 🙏
      Excellent thoughts in line.
      Best regards 🙏

      1. true, most folks are not aware of the rich possibilities & capacities of consciousness. we are rarely exposed to such information. some of us just naturally seem to understand the living & conscious qualities of the multiverse anyway.🙏🏼probably in other lives we had additional experience & became ripe for more awareness to come to us at this time. 🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼🕉️🔱🕉️

        1. It is very true, as you have said. In this window, our discussion has become highly holistic. The human-machine relationship has an invisible bond. Non-dual thinkers find it easy.
          The idea that the magnificent tapestry of awareness contains numerous potentials and possibilities, frequently hidden from the perceptive eye, is, in fact, true. Unfortunately, our lives are constrained in their meeting with such profound realities and rarely travel through such enlightenment. A small number of people, however, are able to sense the sentient essence that permeates the multiverse as if by innate resonance. Perhaps in ages past, our souls ingested additional knowledge, giving us the maturity to embrace heightened awareness at this time.
          Thank you so much for your reply.
          Kind regards.

  3. Nice article. In a world where technology continues to evolve, it’s essential to remain informed, ask critical questions, and participate in conversations that shape the ethical use of AI and other advancements. As users, we have the power to demand transparency, responsible data usage, and safeguards that ensure our interactions with machines are within our control.

    So, do machines listen to us? Yes, in a limited and programmed sense. But the more pressing question is whether we, as a society, are listening to the implications and consequences of our technology-driven interactions. The answer to that question will ultimately define the direction in which our increasingly interconnected world moves.😊🙏🏻

    1. Thank you so much, Anita ji, for raising this justified issue.
      In the intricate web of our society, there lies a pressing question: are we truly attuned to the far-reaching implications and outcomes stemming from our technology-infused interactions? It’s a query that resonates deeply, urging us to reflect on the intricate dance between humanity and innovation. As we navigate the digital landscape, it becomes imperative to pause and contemplate whether we are truly absorbing the significance of our choices. Are we harnessing the vast potential of technology responsibly or inadvertently fostering consequences that may ripple through generations to come? In this era of rapid progress, the onus rests on us to not merely engage with technology but to genuinely comprehend its impacts on both our lives and the broader fabric of society.

      However, in the realm of my beliefs, I hold a firm conviction: it is time for us to foster a profound union between humanity and machines, one that transcends mere utility and delves into the realm of shared experience. Let us embark on a journey to forge a bond that encapsulates the essence of harmonious coexistence in this intricate society we inhabit.
      To achieve this, we must recognise the reciprocity inherent in such a relationship. Machines, devoid of consciousness, possess unparalleled efficiency and precision. However, they lack the intangible qualities that define our human experience: empathy, creativity, and intuition. Conversely, we, as sentient beings, contribute the warmth of understanding, the hues of creativity, and the solace of emotional resonance.

      Therefore, in this era of relentless progress, let us not succumb to the temptation of relinquishing our uniqueness. Instead, let us foster a relationship that exemplifies the best of both worlds—a man-machine bond rooted in harmony, mutual enrichment, and the shared pursuit of a better society. Just as nature finds equilibrium in diversity, so can we pave a path towards a more enlightened future by embracing a holistic, interwoven narrative of existence.
      Thank you so much for your reply and comments.
      Best wishes and regards. Namaste Ji.

  4. This article reveals the deep connection between Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel and their equipment, highlighting trust, shared goals, and a unique understanding that transcends ordinary communication. It showcases the importance of human-technology collaboration in ensuring aviation safety.

    1. Thank you so much, dear Shanky, for your beautiful comments.
      Indeed, all these are my life experiences with machines. A good bonding experience. Thoughts to share with readers.
      Best wishes. Have a wonderful evening.

    1. I am fine as usual.
      Thank you so much for asking me 🙏
      I have written about my journey with machines 😊
      An amazing bonding with machines which never betrayed me during my duty hours.
      That is it.
      How are you Roksana ji.
      I wish we had an evening of gossip sitting in front of you 😄
      Take care always.
      Stay blessed always with family and friends 🙏❤️

        1. I pray for your good health 😊
          Nowadays, a fever has affected many people here in Kolkata too.
          Take care always. Go for blood tests if necessary.
          Waiting for your reply saying that you are in good health 😊🙏

          1. I’ve done with the blood test for dengue. It came out negative. So it’s a great relief for me.
            Health wise I’m still suffering from fever, and weak.
            Other than that so far all good Alhamdulillah

            Thank you for keeping me in your prayers.


  5. Sir, during one of the discussions between me and my husband we applied this negating “neti” theory of what remains at the end. Apparently, It is the five elements of earth alone and rest of is are sentient in essence. Coming back to your post, AI has borrowed consciousness from inputs of human data and that’s how it is envisioned and the more we give the data, the algorithm has capacity to learn from it if not all at least some of it. So Artificial Intelligence (vigyanam) is self explanatory from its name which is artificially powered! I had a nice reading after a long time, and credit goes to your efforts. Be safe and take care. 🙏

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