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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After reading your post, I love the structure of your news summary where you started of with a question to the readers then went on by giving us a general statement of how fake news made a lot of controversy. Furthermore, you've used an enriched vocabulary that allowed me to expand my own vocabulary for instance, the word "polemic" which I had to search the definition to fully comprehend the post.
However, you could have elaborated in the political aspect of fake news rather than just stating: “numerous fake stories came up and these certainly had consequences on the election”. Also, the article cannot be seen as credible because you believe they provided a clear outline you need to be able to showcase who the author, his background and his experience in a journalist field. An individual’s credibility needs to be given by factual statements rather than because you believe he did a good job.
All in all, this was an interesting topic that could have been explained and elaborated a little further.
Before reading your news summary, I found the title very intriguing which automatically drew me in. I was able to understand the issue about leaders who were trying to take control of media platforms and withdraw information from the public. You’ve also added examples of journalists in Myanmar, Cambodia etc. who were misrepresented and taken down by the government because of their news reports. Rather than just giving the readers one perspective you’ve made it more broad and showcased that this issue can be considered a global issue. However, I feel as though you could have expanded a little more on the issue regarding Cambodia or even Myanmar because you’ve only explained the problem in one sentence and I’m pretty sure there is more to the story. Furthermore, you’ve provided the readers with the original article and I tried to obtain the article to evaluate you’re post and CNN’s article, but I was unable to retrieve the website which made me question the credibility of your post. All in all, this was an interesting news summary that could have been better by providing more factual statements on the specific issue of Cambodia and Myanmar with a credible website where the readers are able to retrieve.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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!
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.
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