MANILA, Philippines — These days, we use smartphones rather than watches to tell time. Smartphones and other gadgets also give us an opportunity to air our thoughts, engage in digital trade, and communicate instantly. When 5G gets deployed, we expect more diffusion of the Internet of Things (IOT), where devices are connected to the internet, with trillions of sensors communicating with these devices, and with one another. Working with sensors, these devices can monitor things like building elevators, checking them for status and possible problems, and using artificial intelligence (AI), predict failures before they happen. AI already powers up many applications, from voice assistants to driverless cars. Even the autocomplete feature on phones, recommendations from Netflix, and Facebook’s ability to recognize our faces in a photo posted by friends, are examples of AI. Tech is amazing, and the trend in its penetration is phenomenal. Seven out 10 Filipinos use the internet, … [Read more...] about Are Filipinos ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
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By 2015, the civil war in Syria was already in its fourth year, having displaced half of its population of 22 million, who poured into neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. But it was the spectre of millions of Syrians pouring into Europe which touched off a political firestorm. That year, one million migrants from Syria and other countries filed claims for refugee status while in the European Union. In 2016, the number swelled to 1.3 million. While the number of such claims has since dropped significantly, the aftershock lingers. The result is that far-right populist parties are expected to do well in the EU elections, which wrapped up yesterday. This follows inroads by such parties at national elections in countries like Finland, Italy and Hungary since 2016. Analysts say the sudden and seemingly uncontrolled influx of refugees influenced how people voted in the Brexit referendum in 2016 and the United States presidential election the same year. The response has been … [Read more...] about Migration: A look at challenges and myths
By Kathy English Public Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Why does journalism matter? I asked. You answered. In anticipation of today’s World News Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives, I asked for your perspectives on why journalism matters to you. The responses, as always when I reach out to Star readers for your views were (for the most part) thoughtful and constructive, showing tremendous insight into the value of the public service mission of journalism and deep appreciation both for journalism’s purpose in our democracy and for the work of journalists who aspire to journalism’s highest ideals. Thank you to all who participated. Here is some of why you believe #NewsMatters: Good journalism speaks truth in the face of lies, without fear or prejudice. When the public is confused by those with powerful self-interest, then the duty of the journalist is to lay bare the facts as (s)he … [Read more...] about ‘Great journalism holds the mirror to our souls’
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Tues., April 30, 2019 News flash: If the Raptors shoot 27 per cent from three-point range and 36.3 per cent overall from the field in the next game, they will lose it, too. Doesn’t matter who plays, who starts, who comes off the bench, who does what. That kind of shooting loses games. And it really was more about Toronto missing shots than any wondrous defensive effort by the Sixers. Sure, the matchup changes momentarily befuddled the Toronto offence but the number of open shots that just didn’t go in was the story of the night. So analyze all you want, they shoot like that, they won’t emerge victorious. Here’s the thing, though: I don’t imagine they will so channel that angst and anger you feel to something important, like the crappy weather or the number of high schools cancelling important classes because of reduced staffing levels. Article Continued Below But there were some things … [Read more...] about More a case of the Raptors losing Game 2 than the Sixers winning