Elfren S. Cruz
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Ambassador Joey: Living up to the Laurel legacy
by Elfren S. Cruz - August 3, 2023 - 12:00am
Jose C. Laurel V was recently awarded the 42nd Medal of Merit for Outstanding Achievement in the Promotion of Philippines-Japan Relations by the Philippines-Japan Society, Inc. Last Dec. 9, 2022, the government of...
The beginning of the Cory Aquino legend
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 30, 2023 - 12:00am
Corazon Aquino passed away on Aug. 1, 2009 at 3:18 in the morning. The cause was advanced colon cancer and she had been hospitalized for more than a month. Her son, Benigno Aquino III, said that the cancer had spread...
Thriving in a digital world
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 27, 2023 - 12:00am
Today we are living in a world already transformed by Artificial Intelligence.
Animo education
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 23, 2023 - 12:00am
I asked my son Roel, a teacher at the Alternative Education Department of La Salle Green Hills, to share his insight on being a Lasallian educator. This is what he wrote:
AI: Machines that think
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 20, 2023 - 12:00am
Artificial Intelligence is the science and engineering of machines that act intelligently. A computer program that is capable of multiplying massive numbers and keeping track of thousands of bank balances is not...
Philippine victory in the WPS
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 16, 2023 - 12:00am
Last July 12, exactly a month after Philippine Independence Day, the nation celebrated the 7th anniversary of the victory against China in the maritime dispute over the West Philippine Sea.
Climate crisis is worse than war
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 13, 2023 - 12:00am
The debate on combating climate change has now shifted to how to finance the transition from dirty power like coal and fossil fuels to clean renewal energy. In recent meetings among the richer countries, this has...
Zeitenwende: A turning point
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 9, 2023 - 12:00am
Zeitenwende was used by Olaf Scholz, the Chancellor of Germany last year, to describe the end of an era, a turning point in history. It is in his speech where he described the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1991 as the...
Tales of upheavals
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 6, 2023 - 12:00am
These two recent readings of mine give me insights to understanding today’s chaotic world.
Stopping Chinese trade coercion
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 2, 2023 - 12:00am
The recent visit of US Secretary of State  Antony Blinken to China was meant to ease tension between the two countries. However, recent reports seem to indicate that this visit has not been successful due to...
The lighter side of PNoy
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 29, 2023 - 12:00am
Last Saturday, June 24, the nation commemorated the 2nd death anniversary of its 15th president, Noynoy Aquino.
The legacy of Noynoy Aquino
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 25, 2023 - 12:00am
Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III was born Feb. 8, 1960 in Sampaloc, Manila. He was also known as Noynoy Aquino and colloquially as PNoy when he became president. His parents were former president Corazon Aquino...
The ideology of Xi Jinping
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 22, 2023 - 12:00am
The past year has seen the tension between China and the United States becoming so intense that there was talk an accidental war could easily happen.
Will AI really dominate the world?
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 18, 2023 - 12:00am
There is a very popular movie series called “The Terminator.” Its basic scenario is that the world has been taken over by a globally connected artificial intelligence (AI) housed in a centralized computer....
Deng Xiaoping warned against China’s imperialism
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 15, 2023 - 12:00am
While the world continues to look at the Russian invasion of Ukraine as the main focus of attention, it is still the situation in Asia that poses the highest risk for a global war.
Prehistory, a wrong label
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 11, 2023 - 12:00am
Tomorrow, June 12, is the celebration of Philippine Independence Day. The recent decade has been one of turmoil that has led many Filipinos to feel dejected that we cannot seem to rise from self-inflicted wounds...
AI is here to stay
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 8, 2023 - 12:00am
In the United States, the late night talk show hosts like Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and others begin their programs with a comedic monologue.
Much ado about ChatGPT
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 4, 2023 - 12:00am
My column on artificial intelligence, including ChatGPT, elicited many comments. One of the most interesting was from my son, Roel S.R. Cruz, a creative writing mentor, an unlikely pioneer in ChatGPT technology....
AI: Threat or boon to society?
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 1, 2023 - 12:00am
Less than a decade ago, artificial intelligence (AI) was considered a topic for people who are interested in discussing about the future.
The Water Defenders
by Elfren S. Cruz - May 28, 2023 - 12:00am
The National Book Awards held at the Metropolitan Theater a few weeks ago was a joyous occasion—the first face-to-face ceremony since the pandemic to celebrate the best books published in 2021 and 2022.
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