Contemporary Technologies w17

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This course explores the potential different contemporary technologies might hold in promoting improved sustainability practices.  Of focus are alternative energy sources and virtual collaborative spaces/platforms.

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3 months 13 hours ago

I personally don't want to drive a car (I fear wearing glasses in public & realized how many controls a car has), but if I were driving I'd likely be the same type of person as when I'm walking by foot on my own. I usually let cars pass by before me if I know I'll have an opening not long after to cross the road. In a car that would be more difficult, because of other drivers' satisfaction with what I'm doing. I'd probably be annoyed if someone I let pass takes it slow, because I usually scurry across the road if a car lets me pass. I also wouldn't have any reason to crash into someone in a car, because I don't smoke and suck at multi-tasking anyway. My move would likely be avoiding pedestrians if I were to nearly hit someone.

3 months 13 hours ago

I think you bring up a very good article and opinion about the ongoing problem we have in Quebec over language dominance, and what is politically correct as to what language should be used and at what time. I believe this problem should be something of the past. I feel as if sometimes some French-Canadians that are very 'old-school' in their thoughts and beliefs remind me a lot of our southern neighbors who support trump and do not want other cultures and languages to change their country. I also believe it is in our best interest, as a province, to support the beautiful diversity we have and not close our doors to the different languages and cultures that are a part of our province.

3 months 13 hours ago

Teaching kids about their feelings and avoiding losing touch with them is vital. We must stay as connected as humanly possible to both ourselves and others. The power of love is a strong source of vitality which may help fuel all things as opposed to the extinguishing force of fear.

3 months 13 hours ago

Though I largely agree, there are things I want to point out
“The first issue in this moral dilemma deals with the following question: if machines are the ones making the decisions, then who is to blame for their actions? There would be no one to hold accountable for what’s been done and no morally reprehensible actor.”
I disagree there, I do believe there should be someone to blame. Just because there is a debate on who should be held more accountable, doesn’t mean that nobody should be held accountable.
“LAWS would hypothetically never act out of fear or impulse for their own safety, nor would they fire out of vengeance and spite. Robots would also never rape or torture victims (Politico).”
At an example, there are laws that get made to prevent the repeal of other laws. An example of this is the enforcement of the constitution, and the rare (or not so rare) situations on what happens to people who violate it. Additionally, I won’t pretend that robots are programed to rape people, but hypothetically, wouldn’t you have to teach a robot not to rape or torture? As well as program them with the knowledge of what it is? Admittedly, I don’t know much about AI.
“Is it not also morally wrong for governments to target the most vulnerable groups of society? What does that say about the value of their lives in the eyes the general public?”
It depends on who you ask, that is the basis of moral questioning. Not everyone is going to agree with that statement.

3 months 13 hours ago

This article provides very accurate and interesting information on the pros and cons of GMCs. Genetically modified crops (GMCs) have been used over 10 years in agriculture and come with some advantages and disadvantages. GMSs enhance productivity and efficiency in the agriculture industry which is very beneficial to society. However, GMCs are harmful towards our health and can cause common toxic effects such as cancer and can trigger allergies.

Reply to: Samsung VS Apple
3 months 13 hours ago

Although this post is 5 months old, i still want to comment on this post
first of all, Apple did a really good job on creating one of the best and biggest fan in the technology field. Their products is a no doubt one of the best. However, it's 2017, and although iPhone 7 is a good product, it doesn't reflect the best result Apple wants in 10 years mark. Sales is decreasing compare to last year 6s or 6. Samsung however, did a very good job on the S7. I wasn't the biggest fan of the S6 because of Samsung 's attempt to use glasses for a flagship: the corners are sharp, poor battery life, big camera, etc. They fixed EVERYTHING in the S7. Bigger battery, one of the best camera and smaller hinge, rounded corner which makes it 10 times softer to hold, best AMOLED display, etc. They nailed the S7. They did make a very big mistake in carelessly check the Note 7 and cause fire to the user, but I believe that in the attempt to gain people trust from the S8 which would be very soon announced, they will be back on the road to beat Apple 's iPhones .

3 months 13 hours ago

Very interesting! After months of humidity it is surprising that months of dryness follow. The information provided was very intriguing in terms of realizing that humans, technology and too much bare ground created by humans is the main cause of desertification!

3 months 13 hours ago

Very informative article. Desertification is definitely big deal. In drylands, more and more people are depending on ecosystem services for basic needs in their life. Many of our resources including crops, livestock, fuelwood and construction materials. All these things we use depend on water availability and climate conditions. The only way we can prevent or reverse this desertification is to use sustainable resources.

3 months 13 hours ago

This raises a lot of questions when it comes to how people will deal with this sort of thing. One must question whether or not it is possible to make an ethical program seeing as though most people's values change based on their experiences. Would it be better for the AI to make the most logical decision and follow a utilitarian code, and if so, how would it calculate how much happiness people get from the decision it will make?

3 months 13 hours ago

I truly believe that the newly inaugurated president demonstrates strong beliefs for banning muslim's as in his eyes they are defined as a religion of hate, However, as a fellow muslim, trump's ban on muslim countries are both unconstitutional and inhumane and I am glad that the judge in California truly showed what was wrong with the ban and that the power of the president should be controlled.

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