The Future of International Security. Paramount or Paranoia?

 

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Should we consider the international security under threat? Are we underestimating any risk?

Tommaso Lecca talks to Caitlin Ryan, Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen-Centre for International Relations, and with MA students in International Security Orion Noda and Georgia Petropoulou. Continue reading “The Future of International Security. Paramount or Paranoia?”

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Ethics class for robots

Originally published on https://zeitwurst.wordpress.com

Words by Tommaso Lecca, in Groningen

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Professionals and academics urge for a deeper focus on ethical issues regarding artificial intelligence (AI). Increasing concerns are arising about robots’ behaviour and the way they will soon influence people’s lives. For example, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced earlier this week that he’s launching a startup called Neuralink. The declared aim is finding a way to merge human brains with computers to avoid human intelligence being overtaken by artificial devices. Continue reading “Ethics class for robots”

The Flying Spaghetti Monster Lands on the Netherlands

Originally published on http://www.thespokenews.com

The Flying Spaghetti Monster Lands on the Netherlands

Can the Government Define a Religion as Fake?

By Spela Krajnc, Tommaso Lecca, Petra Ondrisakova, Anna Severinenko

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Dirk Jan Dijkstra (pastafarian from Emmen)

The Dutch secularism has been challenged since the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster engaged a legal battle to be recognized as a religion. What might seem to be a complete nonsense for outsiders is actually a fight for a religious freedom and equality in the Dutch society. Many of the 12 000 members of the church registered in the Netherlands are meeting obstacles when wearing their religious headgear, a spaghetti strainer, in ID photos. Continue reading “The Flying Spaghetti Monster Lands on the Netherlands”

Night of the Guitars

The Night of the Guitars is a one-night music festival where musicians are invited to play cover songs by the most popular artists worldwide. I met two of the organizers–Peter and Everhard–to understand why this event has become so popular over the last ten years.
More info: www.nightoftheguitars.com

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Italian lawmakers fail to tackle revenge porn and cyberbullying

Disclaimer: this photo does not depict Tiziana Cantone.
Disclaimer: this photo does not depict Tiziana Cantone.

Originally published on http://www.thespokenews.com

Italian lawmakers fail to tackle revenge porn and cyberbullying

By Tommaso Lecca

The suicide committed two weeks ago by Tiziana Cantone brought the topic of privacy on the Internet under the public spotlight. Continue reading “Italian lawmakers fail to tackle revenge porn and cyberbullying”

While city improvements fail to materialize, property owners lose income

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Originally published on http://www.thespokenews.com

While city improvements fail to materialize, property owners lose income

By Tommaso Lecca and Cătălin Radu

Real estate owners from the former red light district A-kwartier of Groningen are furious with the mayor’s office after losing tens of thousands of euros in rent. Continue reading “While city improvements fail to materialize, property owners lose income”

A new house for the emergent brewery Bax Bier

 

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http://www.thespokenews.com

A new house for the emergent brewery Bax Bier

By Tommaso Lecca

Groningen’s artisanal beer aficionados will have another place to try local brews when a new microbrewery opens its doors this evening.  Continue reading “A new house for the emergent brewery Bax Bier”