German political leaders have reacted positively to a raft of suggestions by French President Emmanuel Macron for strengthening the European Union. In an official statement by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to Reuters news agency, a spokesperson said: "It's important ahead of the European election (in May) for pro-European forces to present their ideas. The German government supports the lively discussion about the orientation of the European Union." Macron has made a strong statement in favor of the European project On Tuesday, Macron, who has come under fire in France by yellow-vest protesters and others, presented ideas for a "European renaissance" in an article published in newspapers throughout Europe and online. Among his wide-ranging suggestions were enhanced protection against hate speech, greater control of EU borders and immigration, and a nationally adjusted European minimum wage — ideas that went down well with most German … [Read more...] about German politicians welcome Emmanuel Macron’s EU initiative
Video PlayerClose BEIJING, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- An ambulance rushes through the streets of Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province. It reaches the scene of an emergency without meeting any obstacles for almost 7 km and no red lights. "It has been given priority passage 21 times, taking half the time it would have taken previously," said Police officer Sun Shixiang. The ambulance was assisted by "City Brain," an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that improves city management. It works on the city's 128 crossroads. The traffic lights were adjusted every 15 minutes according to the road cameras that monitor vehicle numbers and traffic movements and analyzed transport and weather data. The journey time was cut by 15 percent. The AI technology of City Brain is being promoted in five other Chinese cities, and in Singapore and Malaysia. The trials show it can almost halve ambulances and fire engine journey times. City Brain will be able to process power and water supply data in order … [Read more...] about Feature: AI plots future of smart cities
Is lying ever the right thing to do? Are there some situations in which dishonesty is morally justified? Are there good and noble lies? These questions concerning the ethics of lying are more than trivial curiosities for armchair philosophers. They are quite consequential in our day-to-day lives. Most people would argue that lying to people in order to swindle them out of money would be immoral. Is it also immoral to lie to a child about Santa Claus? Is it immoral for a doctor to spare a person’s feelings by telling them that their family member died quickly and peacefully, when, in fact, they died a slow, horribly agonizing death? Source: Pixabay A good place to begin exploring the rightness or wrongness of lying is an examination of morality more broadly. The ethics and morality of behavior have been considered by philosophers and psychologists for ages, but recent experimental work has revealed the underlying psychology of our moral judgments. Work by … [Read more...] about Is It Always Wrong to Lie?