Artificial Intelligence: the limitless possibilities, both good and bad

[KCLPASS Columns 2016-2017 Issue #3] The immediate reaction the term 'artificial intelligence' conjures up in all of us depends on the type of films we grew up watching. On the one hand, we have the helpful, lovable, and endearing droids from Star Wars such as R2-D2, and on the other, we have the apocalyptic dystopian death machines of Terminator. A closer inspection of the two depictions reveals the two extremes of people's projections about the future of artificial intelligence: our helpful servants, or a serious problem that will come to bite us in the ass a hundred years down the line. There...
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The Execution of Farmer Jia Jinglong

[KCLPASS Columns 2016-2017 Issue #2] Jia Jinglong, a Chinese farmer aged 30, was executed on Tuesday, after he’d been convicted of killing a village official since his home was mandatory dismantled. In the past few months, the public has shown a sympathy towards the farmer, seeing this as another government snub against the vulnerable group. The government has proposed a new property development scheme, and the surrounding buildings in the estate Mr Jia is living in have to be knocked down. Mr Jia’s father has agreed on the compensation and a new apartment promised by the government in exchange, but Mr Jia...
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Where law is redundant. At home.

[KCLPASS Columns 2016-2017 Issue #1] In midst of the complications and business of the streets of Hong Kong, there are those we see as ‘foreigners’ – the ones under loads of school bags or carrying many groceries supported by their rather small figures. These people are the domestic helper of thousands of families in Hong Kong. While their services are not cheap, the idea of a full time helper in the household is very appealing to the people of Hong Kong – individuals with packed schedules do not have time for house cleaning or taking care of their family on a...
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