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    Viability of Nuclear Energy

    While there are a lot of pros to the potential of switching to nuclear energy, there are also a lot of logistical nightmares that need to be addressed. According to the article, The Nuclear Option by Upholt Boyce, there...

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    • Gus, I agree with some of your points but disagree with others. When you mention Chernobyl and Fukushima, you mention these as if it was the dangers of nuclear energy that caused that. While nuclear energy surely increased the damages done, Chernobyl was an unauthorized experiment pushing the reactor to its limits, while Fukushima was a mix of under preparation and intense natural disasters. I think that if you look at nuclear power as a future, it offers more safety and sustainability compared to fossil fuels.

    • Hey Gus! I love your perspective. I always appreciate when an author can be objective and approach a topic without preconceived conclusions. I think that more often than not, topics like nuclear energy that so often find themselves under the proverbial microscope are seen through certain lenses; and more often than not, those lenses don’t allow for an objective approach. Nuclear energy is one such issue; and for the reasons you stated. I also like how you view nuclear energy as a stop gap between current fossil fuels and more reliable, cleaner sources of renewable energy once the technology develops in the future. Were you to elaborate further, I would be interested in a plan for the integration of more widely accepted renewables after nuclear is no longer needed.

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    Nuclear energy as a viable alternative

    The more and more that I research the pros and cons of nuclear energy, the more that believe it is the best option for an alternative energy source. According to an article from the office of nuclear energy,...

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    Ending the Violence for Millions of Children

    The main issue that this article addresses is the challenging environments that some children have to grow up in and how that negatively impacts their thinking and emotions. The particular aspect of this problem that is being addressed...

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    Should there be a restriction on how much data technology companies are allowed to collect on you?

    My inquiry question was, "Should there be a restriction on how much data technology companies are allowed to collect on you?" The article that I read and annotated in response to this question outlined some of the dangers of...

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    • Dear Gus,
      I am intrigued by your post because I think that the question you are answering is a growing concern for many people. As we begin to use an increasing amount of technology in our daily lives, it is important to reflect on the restrictions that should be put in place for technology companies. One thing you said that stands out to me is: “Due to big data, information about every aspect of our personal lives is documented online.” I think it is interesting because it seems that many people do not realize how much personal information is being collected. I like how your post acknowledges the worries that people have about big data while also recognizing the benefits of big data for businesses. Thanks for your post, and I look forward to seeing what you write next because you made very interesting points.

    • Gus, I really enjoyed this post and I was especially intrigued by the fact that you included multiple perspectives and opinions on this matter. The debate about corporations collection of data is very dividing and I agree with many points you brought up including that the data collected is accurate and can be beneficial to businesses and our economy. The problem, in my opinion, lies within the intentions of corporations when they collect data on consumers. Do they seek to help people by tailoring what they see on the internet to their personal preferences or do they seek to make as much money as possible while exploiting consumers for all they are worth? Either way, big data will probably main hotly contested for the foreseeable future especially with the recent discussion about internet neutrality so I look forward to hearing more from you! Nice work!

    • Dear Gus,
      I am interested in your post, “Should there be a restriction on how much data technology companies are allowed to collect on you?” because privacy especially online, is slowly becoming nonexistent. Recent years show that more and more of your information is being collected.

      Something you wrote that stood out is: “Furthermore, there are no restrictions on how much information is collected on humans…” I think this is concerning because it’s getting worse with phones containing facial recognition technology. That being said, I also believe there should be heavier restrictions on what kind of information companies could collect. Something that companies take advantage of is the “Terms and conditions” aspect of apps, websites, and the internet in general because companies know that almost all citizens hardly ever read the Terms and Conditions, which could branch into other fields of concern.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this is a serious topic people don’t seem to mind anymore, so seeing that you know these concerns exist is relieving. I hope you continue bringing more unvisited topics in the future.

      -M. M.

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    Big Data

    Question: Should there be a restriction on how much data technology companies are allowed to collect on you? This article was extremely interesting and I highly recommend that everyone reads it. It starts out by defining what personal data is...

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    • When reading the article that you provided, I remembered another article that I have read about big data, where these algorithms took the information that they know and fill in the gaps based on similar information about other people. I think the main example from the article was that people who ordered fries at this certain place, were more intelligent and do better in schools than people who don’t. And this was all based on similar personalities and behaviors that the algorithm deemed as intelligent. At the end of your post, you mention concern about the collection of big data, and I was wondering if you had any potential solutions to the big data collection. Is this just the normal path of integrating our world with technology? Is there anything we can do to stop big data collection? Is there any situation where big data collection could help better our society?

      I would love to hear more about your opinion on this and look forward to more of your writing.

    • I think this point is very interesting. It got me thinking about how many companies are making money off of our personal data. We rarely think about it when we click on a product or search a certain item, even if we don’t buy it, the products surrounding the topic keep showing up. I found this article from Forbes talking about how WE become the product. It would be cool to see how that factors into the algorithms as well as what you mentioned about healthcare and bail. I also wonder how much this what seems like random data plays into decisions that we, as the consumers, don’t know. It would be interesting to know how we can learn more about big data to help us, or, for the more paranoid, how to stop it.

      https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2019/06/27/how-do-tech-companies-make-money-from-our-personal-data/#7c878f194788

    • Cecilia, I loved your response! I liked how you shared a time when you read about the impacts of Big Data and how you ended your response with valuable pressing questions. This shows you were engaged as a reader and truly care about the subject Gus has presented. Big Data is a pressing worldwide issue that many people are aware of but don’t understand the full effects/ consequences. I would highly recommend watching the movie “the social dilemma” in which covers the process of how data is being stored/ stolen to better promote big companies and their products. It shows how the world has changed and how millions across the globe are so focused on their phones they are throwing away their valuable lives to social media. It is a huge problem and needs to be addressed. I like your question “Is there anything we can do to stop big data collection?” and if Gus “had any potential solutions to the big data collection” because those are important questions to ask in order to help dig at the core of the problem.
      Thank you Cecilia for having such an engaged response! I look forward to your and Gus’s future responses!

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