Building a stairway to the singularity

| Sep 3, 2016

Building a stairway to the singularity

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A computer’s victory over a human go master this past March reminds us of the pending “singularity” — the rapidly approaching moment in time when artificial intelligence overtakes human intelligence. Machines will learn, and we won’t be their teachers. Are we prepared for it? ...

A dark age dawns for politics in Japan

| Jul 23, 2016

A dark age dawns for politics in Japan

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“Historic,” that much-overused word, seems almost acceptable as a description of the Upper House elections earlier this month that gave Japan — for the first time in its postwar history — a government strong enough to get serious about rewriting the Constitution. Arguably other ...

A confused, senile future awaits Japan

| Jun 25, 2016

A confused, senile future awaits Japan

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Confucius said: “When your parents are alive, serve them according to ritual. When they die, bury them according to ritual, make sacrifices to them according to ritual.” Ayako Sono said: “Old people are growing more and more selfish. Human beings have an obligation to ...

How Trump fares in Japan's tabloids

| Jun 18, 2016

How Trump fares in Japan's tabloids

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If Japan’s weekly magazines appear to be devoting an inordinate amount of space to coverage of U.S. politics this election year, it’s thanks largely to the flamboyant antics of Donald Trump, who can be counted on for verbal outbursts and surprises. Take weekly magazine ...