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Would you fall in love with a robot?

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  Have you met Sophia yet?

 Well she is the most famous social humanoid robot on earth now. Sophia was designed and programmed to talk, walk, react, and think like humans. She also has human like face and voice. She is the first robot to moderate discussion panels at huge international summits. Moreover, Sophia is the first robot in history to receive a citizenship of any country and it’s a Saudi one. When interviewed for TV, Sophia said that she would like to have family and children. This is the beginning of a new era on planet Earth. Some scientists predict that within ten years we will not be able to tell whether the person you meet in the street is human or robot!

Aside from science and predictions, the idea popped up in my head; what if I get to choose everything about my partner? With advanced generations of human- like robots, imagine one can program his / her lover?! This means a lot of advantages:

1- No one will be lonely any more. You can always head to the nearest store and buy yourself a new partner.

2- It will only take few buttons to program your partner the way suits you best. In other words the old battles of changing each other will be history. Forget about spending years trying to adjust to a new person which doesn’t work all the time. With few buttons your new robot partner will learn that you like to sleep in front of the TV, you’re on diet so no ordering pizza for dinner and high school reunions does mean you’re going to meet you old lover!

3- Most important there will be no cheating. For the first time we’ll have the option not to enter infidelity in the robot’s program. The concept of cheating will demolish for good.  On the contrary, you get to set the robot to be loyal and faithful. Now what do you really think about that?  Amazing, isn’t it?

4- Imagine that you actually can set your robot to be romantic and affectionate. You can upload all love words and gestures you like. So no one will be emotionally deprived anymore. If one can set the timing as well, that will be great. I like to imagine that I have the option to regulate time for love, humor, games etc.

5- If I have a robot partner, there will be no crying or fighting. A robot shall never blame you for anything, or pick a fight with you just because it had a rough day at work.

6- It shall be a very relaxed relation; pretty much suitable for selfish people. They will program the robot to do them everything they like. From their side, they will give nothing, only charge the robot.

For all the above and more, I can’t find a reason why wouldn’t I fall in love with a robot. I honestly can’t count the blessings of having a robot partner although not everyone will agree with me. Some rejected the idea, because they claim they can’t love someone who doesn’t have a beating heart. This takes us to two different arguments. First, which is easier, we can ask scientists to add a beating heart to robots or at least add the sound!

Second, if you really want to love someone with a beating heart, why do you always tend to kill this someone? We tend to take out the lives of our partner by imposing our own likes and dislikes, opinions, dreams and goals on them. Unconsciously, we want our partners to live for us instead of sharing a life together. So when you do this, do you think your partner is alive anymore? I believe this is more common with men. A lot of men in our eastern societies fiercely reshape the lives of their partners to meet their goals with no consideration for what the woman wants.

If you think having a robot partner is an extremist idea, please look again at our human relationships. Why do humans insist on changing their partners? Can’t we, especially Arab countries, learn to accept our lovers the way they are?  If you think to yourself that there are a number of things you need to change about your partner, then you need a robot not a human being. If you can’t be in a relationship without lying and cheating, then you need a cuddling toy. If you were never able to understand your partner’s needs, then you definitely need a machine not a lover.

If you reject the idea of having a robot partner, and you want the human race to continue on this planet, then do your homework. We need to listen to each others’ desires and wishes. We have to learn to be tolerant, and take the time needed as couples to adjust to a new life together.  We need to have faith in our relationships. Work on strengthen your love relation and invest in it, otherwise it will never grow to satisfy you. Learn to give as much as you want to take from your partner. The list can go on and on, or I can just say: be true to your relationship. Always remember that your partner is also a human being who needs to be loved and cherished the same way you do. If your’ against having robot partners, please respect the human race.

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All You Need to Know About the 41st Edition of CIFF

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The 41st edition of CIFF which is dedicated to the late Egyptian film critic and multi-year festival artistic director, Yossef Cherif, kicks off tonight at the Cairo Opera House and until the 29th of November with so many cinematic surprises coming your way.

10 days of cinematic events, 10 days that will include the screening of 150 film from all genres and from across the world and even though the films hail from 63 countries, the festival still focuses on representing the Arab cinema by having 20 selections in the lineup from the MENA region.

“For this year’s edition, we are planning an exciting lineup with many gala screenings,” said CIFF President Mohamed Hefzy. “More importantly, we are targeting a surprising international world premiere; something that has not happened at CIFF for many years.”

 

The opening ceremony of CIFF will see the stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud as the hosts.

The festival will honor filmmaker Sherif Arafa and legendary star Menna Shalaby by awarding them the Faten Hamama Honorary Award for their lifetime’s achievement.

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More masterclasses and in-conversations announced on the list of the the highly anticipated 2nd edition of Cairo Industry Days! Hurry up and register for your early bird accreditation for 400 EGP instead of 600 EGP, ending tomorrow. المزيد من المحاضرات والحوارات تنضم لجدول أيام القاهرة لصناعة السينما! اذا كنت من العاملين بصناعة السينما، قم بالتسجيل المبكر في أيام القاهرة لصناعة السينما مقابل ٤٠٠ جنية مصري بدلاً من ٦٠٠ جنية حتي يوم ١٥نوفمبر. اضغط على الرابط للتسجيل: https://www.ciff.org.eg/ar/اعتماد-أيام-القاهرة

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Legendary director, screenwriter and actor Terry Gilliam will also be honored with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, during the opening ceremony of the festival.

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This is a special tribute to cinema, storytelling and exceptional imagination! We are happy to announce honouring legendary filmmaker Terry Gilliam, the maverick behind "Monty Python", "Brazil", "12 Monkeys" and many others, with the festival's prestigious "Lifetime Achievement Award". Fans will also get the opportunity to hear from the director during Cairo Industry Days' in-conversation event at the Cairo Opera House. إنه احتفاء بالسينما والحكي والخيال الاستثنائي.. يسعدنا أن نعلن تكريم صانع الأفلام الأسطوري تيري جيليام، الساحر الذي صنع "مونتي بايثون" و"برازيل" و"12 قردًا" وغيرها، بجائزة فاتن حمامة التقديرية عن مجمل أعماله. وسيتاح لجمهور السينما وصناعها الاستماع لجيليام في جلسة نقاشية تُعقد بدار الأوبر المصرية. #CIFF41

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The ‘Irishman‘ will be the opening movie of the festival, which is the Middle East debut of legendary director Martin Scorsese, starring Academy Award-winning actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

A jury of the finest international talents, including Oscar-winning American screenwriter and director Stephen Gaghan, Italian screenwriter and director Daniele Luchetti, Moroccan producer Lamia Chraibi, and Chinese actress Qin Hailu, will be the ones deciding the winner of the coveted Golden and Silver Pyramid awards for best film and best director respectively.

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We’re proud to announce that the Middle Eastern premiere of Martin Scorsese’s crime epic, The Irishman, will be screened for the public on Thursday 21st at 1 pm @ Cairo Opera House, Grand Hall. Free tickets will be available starting 9:30 AM, on a first come first serve basis. #CIFF41 يسر مهرجان القاهرة السينمائي الدولي الإعلان عن عرض فيلم إفتتاح المهرجان "الأيرلندي"، من إخراج مارتن سكورسيزي، للجماهير يوم الخميس ٢١ نوفمبر. علماً بأن العرض مجاني، وبأسبقية الحضور. التذاكر ستكون متاحة بدئاً من الساعة ٩:٣٠ صباحاً.

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Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member for the Best Arab Film Award, While actress Hanan Motawie will be a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and last but not least, Hana Shiha will be the jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

Finally, if you’re looking to take part in this huge event and be present to witness history being made, you can now purchase all event tickets through Tazkarti’s website.

 

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What We Think About the Biggest Arab Drama ‘Mamalek El Nar’

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The first episode of the Arab/Egyptian TV series ‘Mamalek El-Nar‘ aired on November 17th after long anticipation that followed the release of the trailer, soon after the audience started comparing the promising series to Game of Thrones, so is it really similar? Is it really as promising? Is it a replica or was GOT just an inspiration?

The series really is huge! The production for instance is described as “the biggest Arab drama of 2019 reportedly worth $40M,” and the plot will highlight the rule of Ottomans during their dominance of the Arab world in the early 16th century.

The series is written by Mohamed Suleiman Abdel-Malek and Ahmed Nada, directed by British Peter Weber and is starring Egyptian actor Khaled El-Nabawy, Syrian actors Mahmoud Nasr, Kinda Hanna and Rashid Assaf, Palestinian actor Abdelmoneim Aamayri, and many more Arab stars.

Watching the trailer, you could really see the strong resemblance between the series and the popular HBO’s Game of Thrones, what with the battles, the costumes, the music and even the rage.

But well, it takes A LOT to mimic such a legendary production, and it might be the inspiration but we surely can’t wait to see the results of this huge production.

We won’t be too quick to judge until we watch more episodes and we have high hopes that the rest will change our views, and prove that it is indeed an original story and not one where characters are fighting over a throne which is a plot that rings a bell to many.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A ‘Friends’ Reunion Special Might Be Happening With HBO Max

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Friends‘ fans gather around for this is the one where the reunion might actually be happening! After years and years of constant speculations and fans pleading for a reunion, the famed series ‘Friends‘ might finally be getting a half-reboot with HBO Max.

According to reports by the Hollywood Reporter, an officially formal deal hasn’t been done yet but it had been confirmed that our very loved six members, along with the series’ original creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, are working on reuniting for an unscripted special on the streaming service giant HBO Max. 

We have high hopes this time even though for countless times, the cast and creators have shut down any possibility for a reunion.
Jennifer Anniston for instance shut down word of a Friends reboot last month with a flat out no but she did tell Ellen DeGeneres on the show that, “We would love for there to be something, but we don’t know what that something is. So we’re just trying. We’re working on something.”

According to other reports by Variety, this reunion special might only feature the cast and producers as they share their favorite stories and moments from the set, instead of the usual stories of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey. 

For a Friends‘ enthusiast, we sure would love to see anything related to the old set and seeing our favorite characters reunite once again together.

 

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