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Breathing Life into Shakespeare

I have elected to recite my lines from Othello. I will be reciting lines from Iago. Iago- Good name in man and woman, dear my lords, Is the immediate jewel of their souls. Who steals my purse steals trash. ‘Tis something, nothing; ‘Twas mine, ‘tis his, and has been slave to thousands. But he that filches from me my good […]

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Othello, Close Reading Act IV Scene II

Emilia 4.2.159-169 A halter pardon him! and hell gnaw his bones! Why should he call her whore? who keeps her company? What place? what time? what form? what likelihood? The Moor’s abused by some most villainous knave, Some base notorious knave, some scurvy fellow. O heaven, that such companions thou’ldst unfold, And put in every honest hand a whip To […]

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Preventing Skynet

“Google Tackles AI, Robotics Safety to Prevent Future Toasters from Killing Us in Our Sleep”, by Joel Hruska, is a three page synopsis of a 29 page extensive study done by Cornell University and Google that analyzes safe practices when it comes to developing concise, effective, and adaptive AI systems. As Hruska states, the mains points of safe Ai design […]

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The Ethics, Morals, and Complications of the Future

I stumbled upon the article “Posthuman enough?”. While this article did not pertain directly to my question, it nonetheless provided insight into how AI and robotics will influence the value of human life through the contested topic of genetic engineering. The article itself was an analysis of the consequences of genetic engineering and how genetic engineering will influence civilization from […]

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The Advent of AI Technology will not Devalue Human Life

Most of us know of Terminator, IRobot, and countless other films depicting a dystopia of our own creation. The rise of an age of technology, man versus machine. This fiction is becoming more likely as everyday we are introduced to robots capable of self-navigating, self-learning, self- adapting, and capable of “composing their own music”. So, the question arises: where would […]

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“You are only worth 213”

“China plans to implement a social credit system by 2020”. In short, every one of the 1.3 billion citizens residing within China will be assigned a “value” open for all to see. This information is unrestricted; for example, neighbors can see information including your credit and spending habits. A citizen’s value is determined by “monitoring an individual’s social behavior”. This […]

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Abandoning Our Roots

Some six hundred years ago, colonists began their gradual migration. These included a diverse range of people. Albeit most of the population was white, and some black eventually, these groups of people came from an array of economic and social backgrounds. Some were adventurists, indentured servants, landowners, and some were catholic and protestant. They all came to the US seeking […]

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New Government

Since the foundation of the United States of America, representation and consent of the governed have been central to our beliefs. The founding fathers placed an amount of faith in the people, believing we had the power to determine our own faith indefinitely. However, there was a caveat. The founding fathers entrusted the newly born nation to a republican system, […]

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Digital Child

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. But unlike most residents, Mirai has no physical body. Shibuya Mirai is the world’s first “robot” to gain a status normally presented to biological beings. He […]

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Destination: Unknown, or is it?

“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 whenever the GPS needs to reroute. Unfortunately, this occurs quite often when I’m behind the wheel. Since the first time I read […]

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Can We Colonize Mars?

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 another planet is necessary to guarantee humanity’s thriving, and destructive, nature. Although something of this magnitude would seem impossible, current technology already allows us to accomplish this immense […]

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