A capsule summary of the exciting life of Claire Boothe Luce, wife of Henry Luce, who provided the funds for Silliman University’s Luce Auditorium.
CIMON, or Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, is a floating head AI assistant powered by IBM Watson.
Largest ever study of fake news on Twitter reveals that falsehoods beat out the truth.
December 12, 2012. A message from Pope Benedict XVI: “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.” While not exactly an early adopter or a trendsetter, the Catholic Church can be surprisingly agile when it comes to using technology.
For the Church, technology is just a means, and when it comes to this subject, the nexus is still on human dignity. Early on, the Church was already cautiously cognizant of the far-ranging effects of social media. In his address to the Pontifical Council for Culture in February 2017, Pope Benedict said of social media: “…the new means of communication that encourage and at times give rise to continuous and rapid changes in mindset, morality and behaviour.”
The Left Must Embrace Its Radical Western Roots by Slavoj Zizek is an old piece, written in the wake of the Paris terror attacks of 2015, but still worth reading for its nuanced navigation of cultural divides and Western liberal values.
…one has to do two things. First, formulate a minimum set of norms obligatory for everyone that includes religious freedom, protection of individual freedom against group pressure, the rights of women, etc.—without fear that such norms will appear “Eurocentric.” Second, within these limits, unconditionally insist on the tolerance of different ways of life. And if norms and communication don’t work, then the force of law should be applied in all its forms.
…and Big Brother is the machines. Alibaba is planning to wire the entire world with AI.