Can an AI love me?

Matthew Pulis

Artificial intelligence is beginning to leave its mark on entire industries from finance to medicine. Yet the most revolutionary application has yet to arrive—and it’s an existential one. As thinking machines continue to evolve, we need to start redefining humanity, and thus, personal relationships. Or as Kurzweil foresees, is it us who will become “entirely artificial”? Kurzweil extends Teilhard de Chardin’s theory of a merger ...

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Gallettina waħda

Warren Busuttil

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” – Madre Tereża Niftakar li meta kont bdejt naqra l-ħajja ta’ din il-qaddisa, dawn il-kliem kienu baqgħu mmarkati f’moħħi, tant li dak il-ħin qbadt lapes u ħażżist fuq il-ktieb li kelli… ħaġa li mhux ...

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The ‘I want it all’ Syndrome

John Paul Cauchi

It is clear to all that as time goes by and the general level of wealth of the Maltese increases (I’m not commenting about the increasing wealth gap here as that deserves a post on its own ) we Maltese are becoming more… shall we say daring in what we want and demand not only in terms of service and quality (roads please) but also ...

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Why agara? Why Lebanon?

agara

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Gandhi. Volunteering gives you a chance to change at least one individual’s perspective to life, be it by helping physically, financially, emotionally or socially, it gives you time to build a relationship with a person who can’t always see the silver lining. Why agara? agara’s vision is the empowerment ...

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Re-awakening fallen giants

Bernard Micallef

On the 8th of March we generally celebrate Women’s Day, but this year this date will be remembered for a giant that has fallen, and a fallen giant that has been re-awakened. I am referring to the fall of one of nature’s most beautiful sites – the Azure Window, which left many Maltese saddened, and the huge historical win of Barcelona over Paris Saint-Germain which has ...

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What it means to be both Maltese and European

Dr Alfred Sant

​Fuelled by globalisation and what is partly its by-product, immigration, identity issues have again become prominent in political and social debate. They have always been close to the surface of public affairs in Europe, a continental space which in human terms, developed par excellence as a conglomerate of different, if frequently related, tribal – national if you like – societies. ​​Over the centuries, the relationships ...

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And the Oscar goes to…

Christine Galea

This weekend, movie fans witnessed the biggest error in the history of the Oscars, when the musical film, ‘La La Land’ was mistakenly announced as the best-picture, instead of the actual winner, the coming-of-age drama ‘Moonlight’.   In fact, the producers of the musical were already deep into their victory speeches when it became quite evident that something was wrong. This mistake was quite devastating for ...

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Malta’s EU Presidency – a few reflections

Dr Lawrence Gonzi

Malta’s EU Presidency is taking place during a defining moment for all of us. It is happening at a time when we are surrounded by political turmoil and uncertainty which is questioning most of our long standing values chief amongst which are our belief in the dignity of the human person, the sanctity of life, the common good, solidarity towards those who are the weakest ...

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Freeing Expression

Pyt Farrugia

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.” Abraham Lincoln, writing those words to Henry Pierce, articulated the basic fact that democracy cannot successfully function, let alone thrive and flourish, without freedom of expression. Democracy is more than a system of elections. Rather, our democratic republic supplies a perspective from which the ...

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In-Nisrani u l-Kultura

Fr Nicholas Cachia

“Fid-dinja imma mhux tad-dinja.” Hekk qal Ġesù dwar id-dixxipli tiegħu fit-talba lill-Missier qabel ma bata għalina. F’dokument tat-tieni seklu tal-Knisja, imsejjaħ Ittra lil Djonjetu, naqraw: “L-insara ma għandhomx x’jagħżilhom mill-bqija tal-bnedmin, la l-pajjiż, la l-ilsien, u lanqas drawwiet speċjali… Ħajjithom hi fuq l-art, iżda belthom is-sema.” Ġesù jsejjaħ ukoll lid-dixxipli tiegħu biex ikunu “melħ tal-art u dawl tad-dinja” u, mill-ġdid, fl-Ittra lil Djonjetu naqraw li ...

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