• Tokyo, Japan has, undoubtably, one of the most unique residents within its city limits. Shibuya Mirai is a seven year old boy, and his hobbies include, taking pictures, observing people, and talking with people.

  • Eric, your post is interesting. It strikes at the fundamental role of AI within our society, and how it will continue to develop. To what extent will humans implement AI into our everyday lives? Will AI come to dominate everyday life to the extent where our lives will become dictated, or reliant on AI? Regarding Moral Machines, I believe the AI…[Read more]

  • “Ah, I see you’re taking the road less travelled”, my GPS alerted me as I took the wrong exit. Using the app WaZe, I created my own collection of personalized navigation messages. This one just happened to be

    • Your question is fascinating: how much of your life is determined for you? Does free will exist, or is it but an illusion of our internal narrative? As you mentioned, religious denominations (including Calvinism – see https://carm.org/what-is-calvinism) take the omniscient, timeless God as to mean everything is preset. On the other hand, Catholics take a more delicate approach, describing predestination as more of a “roadmap” of choices: many paths to take, and choices at intersections; while all paths are known by God looking at the map from above, the actual path chosen may vary from person to person according to his free will.

      Neuroscience, on the other hand, has done some interesting experiments (https://www.wired.com/2008/04/mind-decision/) to prove that, at least in some cases, decisions are made for conscious thought.

      Your discussion of more corporeal impacts on one’s future, like race, gender, and socioeconomic background, and then your corollary about a few “lucky tosses of the dice” is interesting. I found a fascinating post by the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/10/18/poor-kids-who-do-everything-right-dont-do-better-than-rich-kids-who-do-everything-wrong/?utm_term=.2c305be36da9) that corroborates your claim that children from wealthy families have an accumulated advantage that still puts them farther ahead than even the hardest workers from poor families.

      I’m interested to see what you post next!

    • This is very interesting Raymond! Many people, including myself at one point, interpret Robert Frost’s poem to be a call to individualism and nothing more. I love how you used your interpretation of the poem to introduce your central question of predestination. Obviously, there are variables that shape our personality from the start, “factors that influence”, but is there something else that leads us towards a certain end? An article that I find helpful in understanding the factors with which we begin is (http://www.psychologydiscussion.net/personality-development-2/top-3-factors-influencing-personality-development/1934). I can’t wait to see where you go from here!

  • Walter, your topic is relevant to us here in Utah as well. Here are some things to consider.
    If pollution is such a problem for residents of large cities, then why has their been so little effort to resolve it? If What would it take to switch to renewable energy in the US alone? How can we, the individuals, help with reducing pollution? You can…[Read more]

  • Javier, I really like this topic. I’ve written something similar to it in the past. Here are some more things to consider. How can we resolve this issue? Why are healthy foods so much more expensive? This topic could also relate to GMO’s vs. organic foods. This is a world wide issue, and will continue to pose a challenge. You should look at the…[Read more]

  • Javier, I found your analysis of correlation between poverty and crime rate interesting. You talked a lot about poverty as a social issue. Here are some more things to consider. What is the rate of recidivism, and what are some more reasons that those in poverty are more prone to commit crimes. You should also research the demographics and common…[Read more]

  • Dear Ethan, your article provides a lot of support for an argument that many take for face value, without any research. Teenagers, including myself, rely on our phones often as an escape. However, more commonly, it’s because we believe there is nothing better to do. True, we could interact socially, or invest in our intellect. However, nothing is…[Read more]

  • To Annie, I enjoyed reading your article. I particularly found your comment about how failures can have a greater impact on character in the moment than success. I believe that the impact of success and failure come from expectations. When we do something, we expect it to be successful. We envision that it will be flawless, because that’s what we…[Read more]

  • The colonization of other stellar bodies would benefit the community of Earth indefinitely. In a world plagued by climate change and uncontrolled consumption of resources, being able to terraform and survive on

    • Dear Raymond, I really enjoyed your post, it was full of details and many facts that helped me learn more about this journey to Mars, you provided facts from websites, etc. Great post.

    • Dear Raymond,
      I am satisfied with your post. You explained the facts well and gave excellent examples. It is hard to explain why one believes that humans will move to other planets due to whatever reason it be, with actual facts because of how many sceptics there are in this society.
      One thing you mentioned in your post is “All of this would not be possible, if we did not have a certain resource: humans.”, when mentioning resources, many only explain the natural resources that are found here on Earth, such has water, metals and food. But I like how you mentioned we wouldn’t be able to move our people to Mars without something as simple as using our power as humans.

    • Dear Raymond,

      I am very satisfied with your essay because you show a lot of interesting facts about going on a journey to Mars. I agree with you because we can turn Mars into a second Earth. It is a matter of time before we can make another home for our planet.

      One thing you said that stands out for me is “a close collaborator with NASA and a professor of engineering, we could build structures on Mars using materials from Mars. Behrokh Khoshnevis has developed award winning 3D printers, as well as processes for 3D printing that would allow pioneers to Mars to print large structures within a day, using materials commonly found on Mars”. I think it is interesting because you show a lot of good detail and good theoretical views on a plan to a new life.

      Regards, Jiovannin Valdez

    • Dear Raymond,

      I agree that Mars is the next step for human expedition and science. Simply getting to the moon was an enormous feat for human kind and now that we posses all the technology to reach Mars, I think that it would be foolish to not capitalize on such an immense opportunity. In terms of cost, the amount of money it would take to go to Mars is surprisingly small. If your figure is correct, then going to Mars would be half the price of creating the latest and greatest aircraft carrier. According to an article by Cnet, the USA’s newest aircraft carrier costs $13 billion.

      Keaton Yoshinaga

      link to article: https://www.cnet.com/pictures/meet-the-navys-new-13-billion-aircraft-carrier/

    • Dear Raymond, I thought your post was well said and I enjoyed reading it. I thought you talking about how we have the technology to move to another planet was very interesting, but I have to disagree with you on that. None the less your post was well researched and put together eloquently.

    • Raymond, this is quite an interesting post. However, you focused on the technology, and money needed – I’m interested to think how you would imagine a society would develop, as you say, ” almost completely independent of the home planet for long durations”. Would it be militaristic? Exploitation-oriented? A vacation resort for the wealthiest or a planet-sized industrial sector?

      I would really like to read what further thoughts you have about exploring planets like these, and what form the colonization may take. Thanks for your post!

    • Dear Raymond,
      I am intrigued by your post because terraforming Mars can be viewed as an escape route or plan B in case our own planet can no longer sustain life. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “As of right now, we have the capability to offer people a one-way trip to Mars, the closest, possibly habitable planet.” I disagree with this sentence because it has been scientifically proven that Venus is closer to Earth and that Venus offers a more sustainable and feasible option in terms of terraforming for human colonization.Venus’ atmosphere is thicker and therefore we can create a magnetic field whereas Mars barely has an atmosphere which will cost more to create and sustain one. Also, Venus is considered our sister planet due to its similar mass and surface gravity which makes it the perfect candidate for human colonization.
      Huong Nguyen

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