Sure, it can backflip – but can a robot hold down a desk job?

Sure, it can backflip – but can a robot hold down a desk job?

(Image Courtesy: Pixabay.com) Amy LaViers Aeon A colleague of mine, a roboticist, recently proclaimed that if one could teleoperate the robot he developed in his lab, it could hold down a desk job. It’s a common sentiment among roboticists that existing mechanical hardware is sufficient to replace humans in many of the tasks by which […]

The Onus is on the Employer: Vrinda Grover, Advocate

The Onus is on the Employer: Vrinda Grover, Advocate

Vrinda Grover Interview by Aradhna Wal What is workplace sexual harassment? Sexual harassment in the workplace is defined in the law. Earlier we didn’t have a vocabulary to talk about it, but the definition has been there with us since the Vishakha judgment of 1997. This definition is very broad and expansive. It includes within […]

Value Education-The need of the hour

Value Education-The need of the hour

Sasietho Felix Assistant Professor, St. Joseph’s College We are living in the 21st century, in which technological changes have brought widespread transformations in the social and cultural aspect of human life. Human behavior have become so empty like an empty vessel and education without values We are living in the world where science and technology […]

Formless and Fearless: The NWMI Marches On

Formless and Fearless: The NWMI Marches On

Ammu Joseph & Laxmi Murthy* The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) epitomizes the ‘nirgun’ philosophy of the bhakti saints – existing without (nir) material form (gun), but very much a palpable and nirbhay (fearless) presence. Steadily growing, with a membership of over 500 women in media professions from almost all states in the […]

Forty years on from the Iranian Revolution, could the country be at risk of another one?

Naser Ghobadzadeh, Australian Catholic University Iran’s ruling clergy are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1979 revolution, during which Shi’ite Islamists, led by religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini, toppled Mohammad Reza Shah’s secular monarchy. The linchpin of the Islamic Republic’s political system is Ayatollah Khomeini’s doctrine of Wilayat-i Faqih, or guardianship of the jurist, which makes […]

Economic Crisis Can Trigger World War

Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Vladimir Popov Inter Press Service Economic recovery efforts since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis have mainly depended on unconventional monetary policies. As fears rise of yet another international financial crisis, there are growing concerns about the increased possibility of large-scale military conflict. More worryingly, in the current political landscape, prolonged economic […]

US, Russia and Blackwater mercenaries plot different futures for Afghanistan

Saeed Naqvi IANS Two parallel peace processes on Afghanistan are underway. In Doha, Zalmay Khalilzad, US Special Representative for Afghanistan, has held extensive round of talks with Taliban leaders, spread over several days last month. The authorship of this process is, quite jealously, America’s. But on February 5 and 6, Taliban and other Afghan political […]

Plants: They are more intelligent than we think

Plants: They are more intelligent than we think

Visiehuno Rosa Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, St. Joseph’s College Jakhama Humans have, for a long time, considered plants to be silent and emotionless beings, which show no signs of intelligence and motility. Most of us only know plants as autotrophs or producers which can manufacture their own food through photosynthesis, and upon which all […]

The Right to Life, Liberty, and Land

The Right to Life, Liberty, and Land

Farmers undertaking periodic pruning at vegetation Susudi, in the Upper East Region of Ghana. (IPS Photo) Tharanga Yakupitiyage Inter Press Service Sustainable land management is becoming more important than ever as rates of emissions, deforestation, and water scarcity continue to increase. But what if you don’t have rights to the land? While the impact of […]

Rohingya women face new roles in world’s largest refugee camp

Rohingya women face new roles in world’s largest refugee camp

Dona Banu is one of team of Rohingya women in the world’s largest refugee camp in southeast Bangladesh taking on jobs that were formerly only for men such as building roads and digging ditches. Near Balukhali Camp, Bangladesh. (Thomson Reuters Foundation Photo) Belinda Goldsmith and Naimul Karim Thomson Reuters Foundation On a blue mat in […]

Sex Education and Women’s Health

Jan Lundius Inter Press Service Is there a connection between sex education, gender equality and promiscuity? On this website, Fabiana Fraysinnet recently denounced a Brazilian crusade against sex education conducted by conservative and religious sectors. Such initiatives are common in several other countries, where politicians and religious leaders accuse sexual education of blurring boundaries between […]

Why screen time for babies, children and adolescents needs to be limited

John J Reilly, University of Strathclyde ; Anthony (Tony) Okely, University of Wollongong; Catherine Draper, University of the Witwatersrand, and Mark S. Tremblay, University of Ottawa There is increasing concern about the amount of time children and adolescents are spending in recreational screen time. There’s also increasing controversy over whether or not screen time is […]