Do computers have feelings? Don’t let Google alone decide

By Parmy Olson
NEWS that Alphabet, Inc.’s Google sidelined an engineer who claimed its artificial intelligence system had become sentient after he’d had several months of conversations with it prompted plenty of skepticism from AI scientists. Many have said, via postings on Twitter, that senior software engineer Blake Lemoine projected his own humanity onto Google’s chatbot generator LaMDA.

The truth defense in defamation

By Clarisse Anne G. Peralta
Just the other week, a jury awarded Johnny Depp $15 million in damages in a defamation lawsuit he brought against ex-wife Amber Heard for claiming in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed that she was a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

What now for transitional justice?

By Ma. Lourdes Veneracion-Rallonza
Transitional justice is a variety of processes and strategies where a society comes to terms with mass atrocity crimes that happened in the past, usually during armed conflict or period of authoritarian regimes.

Making the Agri-Agra Law work

By Joey A. Bermudez
The Agri-Agra Law has been a frustration of regulators and farmers alike. The banks who find it inconvenient to comply just opt to pay the penalties.

Inflation, cement importation, and electricity concerns

By Bienvenido S. Oplas, Jr.
Three different topics here, we go straight to them.

Japan’s assertive foreign policy can start in Southeast Asia

By Clara Ferreira Marques
“UKRAINE today may be East Asia tomorrow,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told an international security gathering in Singapore, a catchphrase that speaks to the harsh lessons learnt over the past few months.

Climate change: The missing agenda item

By Ramon Isberto
Amid the noise and clutter of the just concluded election campaign, one urgent national — indeed global — issue went unnoticed: climate change.

Fiscally challenged: Should we worry?

By Romeo L. Bernardo
In a two-part column last year, I listed the 10 Must Do’s for the next administration in its first 365 days in office ( and


By Andrew J. Masigan
Technology has disrupted the way brands are built and the way products are sold.

Independence Day 2022

By Amelia H. C. Ylagan
It had to be clarified in Memorandum 2022-066 dated May 22, 2022 by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) that directed the Independence Day flag-raising to local government units that it was the 124th Independence Day, reckoning from June 12, 1898 when Emilio Aguinaldo declared from his residence balcony in Kawit, Cavite that Pilipinas was free from the colonizer Spain.

Media access and the right to know

By Luis V. Teodoro
The accreditation of bloggers that Marcos Junior’s choice for Press Secretary (she will also head the Presidential Communication Operations Office or PCOO) is planning is not new. It was also considered by her predecessor, but abandoned because of problems over which bloggers would join the Malacañang Press Corps in covering the President.

The US should be paying more attention to the Pacific

By The Editors
CHINA suffered a rare diplomatic setback last week when 10 Pacific Island nations deflected its offer of a sweeping trade and security deal. However,...
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