CTALK - Cito Beltran (The Philippine Star) - May 27, 2019 - 12:00am “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them” – Albert Einstein Given the recurring or habitual problems that haunt the operations of Cebu Pacific Airlines it becomes clearer by the day that nothing will change unless two “Presidents” namely President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and Lance Gokongwei decide to change key executives and officials from Cebu Pacific, the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. The DOTr recently gave Cebu Pacific a stern warning regarding their numerous cancelled flights from April 28 to May 5 of this year. The warning came out in the news were the DOTr gave the warning based on the findings of the CAB last May 16. The fact that Cebu Pacific was not fined in spite of cancelling 172 one-way flights or a daily average of 14 cancelled flights already tells … [Read more...] about Failure to regulate
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By Michelle Ma WSJ Mon., May 13, 2019 Today’s middle schoolers may be the first “artificial intelligence natives,” a generation that’s grown up interacting with YouTube’s algorithm or Amazon’s Alexa smart speaker. Educators are grappling with how to teach children to be responsible consumers of the technology. Blakeley H. Payne has one idea. A graduate research assistant at MIT Media Lab who studies the ethics of AI, Ms. Payne designed a curriculum to teach children about concepts like algorithmic bias and deep learning. She tested the week-and-a-half-long program in October with about 225 fifth- through eighth-grade students at David E. Williams Middle School in Coraopolis, Pa., outside Pittsburgh. Ms. Payne, who does not have a background in education, developed the course of study with input from computer science teachers and researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her “unplugged” curriculum mainly … [Read more...] about How to teach kids about AI
I cry in movies. Often, in fact. I was well prepared for Avengers: Endgame to bring me to tears. I was prepared for major character deaths and large, sweeping changes to the universe. I was not, however, prepared for the tears of joy that came before those somber moments. When I was a kid, I read Marvel comics monthly. I was in middle school when the original Civil War comics were being rolled out; Planet Hulk captivated me as a kid, and still remains my favorite Marvel storyline. But when I was growing up, comic books and superheroes were not exactly cool. Iron Man and The Dark Knight would work together to largely change that perception in the summer of 2008, but for the decade prior to that, I was actually picked on by other kids for reading my X-Men or Spider-Man comics during lunch or on the playground. I grew up during a time when people in Myanmar weren’t fans of comic characters. But things have since changed substantially. Now, we have massively … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame
By Rachel Plotkin Opinion Mon., April 29, 2019 Over the past decade, a conversation has played out in the scientific community about the ethical implications of intentionally causing the extinction of disease-bearing mosquitoes. Many scientists believe the world could likely survive just fine without them, while others point to the many unknowns in functioning ecosystems. For example, researchers recently discovered that the biting midge is the only known pollinator of cacao. If it were eradicated, we would (gasp!) lose chocolate. There have been other intentional attempts at extinction. Witness the actions of the American army in the 1870s to wipe out buffalo on the Great Plains, as a way of forcing the Sioux, Kiowa and Comanche tribes onto reserves. The buffalo once numbered over 30 million but were very nearly driven to extinction as a result of commercial trade and a directive by the army to starve Indigenous peoples and destroy their traditional way of life. Some … [Read more...] about Could our ongoing sixth extinction be called deliberate?