Month: June 2017

The elephant in the room: a look at animal rights | Sandris Adminis

The elephant in the room: a look at animal rights | Sandris Adminis

They are present in countless areas of our lives — from our daily dose of lolcats to state-of-the-art pig organ donors, and even considered our distant relatives according to Darwin and scientific discoveries. Their wellbeing is a topic that has...

Miks Muižarājs: The state is a deeply personal experience

The state is a deeply personal experience

How do we perceive country, nation, and state? The term 'country' emphasizes the physical dimensions and boundaries of a geographical area. The term 'nation' emphasizes a particular community of people with shared history and culture. The term 'state' stands for...

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Prelude to a seashore

The duet called Kaktiņš Stūrītis was created in 2011, when Mārtiņš Jansons arrived to take up residence in Liepāja, where Mārtiņš Kuzmins had already been living. As a result of a combination of different circumstances in their lives, the two...

Can a spade teach something to an iPhone? Miķelis Baštiks at TEDxRiga
How to treat your addiction: Confessions of a serial adventurer: Kārlis Bardelis at TEDxRiga
I did my research, blew the whistle and found myself at war: Ilze Matīse‑VanHoutana at TEDxRiga 2017
Artificial intelligence is here: but with caveats | Juris Puce |

Artificial intelligence is here: but with caveats

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are often heralded as one of the game changers of modern day industries. Yet for all the hype, some significant caveats are not taken into account. As an AI field practitioner, Juris Pūce shares several...

Transcending instincts: crowdsourced data can fix your motivation | Agnis Stibe at TEDxRiga

Transcending instincts: crowdsourced data can fix your motivation

We often don’t have problems with defining our goals, but we have problems with getting there. Agnis shows us how socially influencing systems can help in transforming our lives. Improving our health and well-being, preferring eco-friendly choices will be so...

Tautumeitas

Dai citas meitas

“Dai citas meitas” (“Let the other maidens”) is based on an ancient Latvian folk song. The six Latvian girls who form the group Tautumeitas, use their six voices and six pairs of hands to create music, because they believe that...

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Being All Ears

Have you ever got stuck on a certain noise? A crackling sound in your attic? Raindrops bouncing of a window sill in a very rhythmic way? Two wooden logs struck against each other, creating a beautiful tone? Miķelis Putniņš is...