Today’s Views

Humans and artificial intelligence

Humans and artificial intelligence

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Oct 22, 2017

​The recent ruckus about Artificial Intelligence (AI) had Facebook shutting down their robots when it started communicating with their own language that the programming experts on Facebook could not understand. This happening with Facebook is not isolated. The AlphaGo incident where the best-known player of the game was beaten by a robot sent alarm to human beings concerned. Lee Se-dol, an 18-time world champion in the game Go, where combinations of moves are said to be as many as the stars in the universe, was defeated by AlphaGo Zero — a software.

The intolerant has no place in public service

The intolerant has no place in public service

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Oct 21, 2017

Time and again we have been choosing our leaders among the “least evil”, and we settle for the “less corrupt”. We thought our choices were enough, and so we go out and exercise our right to suffrage believing that we have done our duty like we should, faithful to the sanctity of the ballot.

Peace dream trampled upon (Part 10)

Peace dream trampled upon (Part 10)

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Oct 20, 2017

​​​Nothing has swelled the heads of the Tres Sawahes more than
Having held such rare authority vested upon them by Bakunawa
To enforce his avaricious adventure of exploiting and utilizing
The fruits of all of Mindasilang’s bounties and natural resources.

Fentanihilist PUV Phase-out

Fentanihilist PUV Phase-out

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Oct 19, 2017

Post-PUV-modernization, I suggest a museum for tourists that shall be called Phased-out Utility Vehicles Museum, or maybe Public Utility Transportation and Automobile Monument. Why flatten and weigh rusty scrap metals out of all jeepneys, when some topnotch models can preserve culture, evoke sentiment and turn feelings for the fallen icon into cash?

Davao of the Past: A Reexamination from the South (Part II)

Davao of the Past: A Reexamination from the South (Part II)

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Oct 17, 2017

In my maiden article for this column I made mentioned of a fishing village in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, Japan. One of the villages we went to was Karakuwa. In the book, “Mindanao Muslim History: Documentary Sources from the Advent of Islam to the 1800s,” which I co-authored and published this year at the auspices of Ateneo de Davao University, Caracoa is repeatedly mentioned along with other indigenous warships which sorts of “challenged Western gunboats by sheer maneuverability and speed” in navigating the seas of Visayas and Mindanao (2017, 76). Caracoa or Karakuwa was a large boat, the fastest at the time and equivalent to the battleships in modern times. These ships were largely employed by Muslim polities (e.g. Sultanates of Maguindanao and Sulu).

Spending time alone

Spending time alone

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Oct 16, 2017

I have not heard of the concept of alone time until I reached mid-20’s. Being single that time, it was practically difficult for me to understand that we need to spend a sometime in isolation. I was mostly scared of being alone, so I did not really find time to practice it.

Grim scenarios if US launches nuclear war

Grim scenarios if US launches nuclear war

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Oct 14, 2017

Not even the crazed United States President Trump whose multibillion-dollar business empire could bring him to another planet haven, away from the contamination of radiation and save himself if his dirty finger presses the nuclear button.

Extending the life of tomatoes

Extending the life of tomatoes

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Oct 14, 2017

One of the problems that confront our farmers is the lack of post-harvest facilities​, from the very staple rice and corn to a more complex and highly perishable vegetables and even meat storage and processing.