The rise of smart machines puts spotlight on ‘robot rights’

The rise of smart machines puts spotlight on ‘robot rights’

You probably wouldn’t have any qualms about switching off Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri — or Amazon’s Alexa or Microsoft’s Cortana. Such entities emulate a human assistant but plainly aren’t human at all. We sense that beneath all the sophisticated software, there’s “nobody home.” But artificial intelligence is progressing swiftly. In the not-too-distant future we may […]

FATCA may soon vex the British royal family

FATCA may soon vex the British royal family

FATCA, the expatriate financial reporting law, has been a compliance nightmare for many ordinary Americans abroad, and soon it may vex the British royal family. Depending on how and whether Prince Harry mingles his finances with those of American-born fiancee Meghan Markle, various aspects of Crown finances might have to be reported to American authorities. […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The Whiffenpoof Song

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The Whiffenpoof Song

By Mike Tully (I first wrote this column on December 7, 2003 and have reprised it annually on Pearl Harbor Day to commemorate the Greatest Generation and the late Joe Tully, my Father.  – Mike Tully) The choir assembled when Hell stormed the Lord’s Day on December 7th, 1941.  It reconvenes every annual remembrance of […]

Phil Richardson: “Fake news”

Phil Richardson: “Fake news”

By Phil Richardson The Sunday newspaper has a special section that we seek out every week. The Arizona Daily Star declares it “Not Real News,” and then in larger font “A LOOK AT WHAT DID, DIDN’T ACTUALLY HAPPEN THIS WEEK.” Here is one example of fake news published on the Internet last month. “Slaughterhouse Employee […]

Dr. Jane Orient: Sex and fitness for office

Dr. Jane Orient: Sex and fitness for office

By Dr. Jane Orient Self-righteous, virtue-signaling predators are attacking Judge Roy Moore in force. Even some Republicans are saying that he must prove his innocence, or step aside. Democrats are applying a presumption of innocence—but only with respect to their own “icons,” even after they admit guilt. Their “mistakes” have to be weighed, it is said, against […]

Joe Guzzardi: Administration scores two big wins on refugee resettlement

Joe Guzzardi: Administration scores two big wins on refugee resettlement

By Joe Guzzardi On refugee issues, two recent successes are encouraging, and may lead to a sensible approach to how America should resettle migrants. This week the United States, at President Donald Trump’s insistence and with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s support, withdrew from the United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration (GCM). In his statement, Tillerson said […]

Ilan Berman: Egypt’s population bomb

Ilan Berman: Egypt’s population bomb

By Ilan Berman It’s the most important Middle Eastern news story that no one is talking about. Earlier this Fall, Egypt’s state statistics agency, the Central Agency for Popular Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), formally released the findings of its 2016 national census. The results shed important new light on the challenges now confronting the government of president […]

Victor Davis Hanson: Special investigators often have their own moral lapses

Victor Davis Hanson: Special investigators often have their own moral lapses

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was supposed to run a narrow investigation into accusations of collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russian government. But so far, Mr. Mueller’s work has been plagued by almost daily improper leaks (e.g., “sources report,” “it emerged,” “some say”) about investigations that seem to have little to do […]

Ben Crystal: Party of women

Ben Crystal: Party of women

By Ben Crystal I’ve said it before, and I’ve taken a ration of guff for it. But I’m going to say it again anyway: Roy Moore is a creep. I know this because non-creeps don’t compare themselves to the parents of our risen Lord to deflect charges that they carry torches for underage girls. Non-creeps […]