All posts by Nick_Ward

Bioplastics: Are they really better than traditional plastics?

Group 4 Introduction Petroleum based plastics are one of humanity’s greatest inventions. They have allowed for rapid manufacture of vital products and are used to create packaging that keeps our food fresher for longer. Now, globalisation has reduced the cost of manufacturing these traditional plastics from pounds to pennies. However, all this isn’t without an … Continue reading Bioplastics: Are they really better than traditional plastics?

FRT: Future Ready Technology or Far Reaching Tyranny?

Group 13 Introduction Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) refers to algorithms which estimate the degree of similarity between two faces. It is commonly used to verify a person’s identity or to identify an individual from an image and has been gaining popularity, with an expected 17.2% annual increase in the market from 2020-2025. FRT can be … Continue reading FRT: Future Ready Technology or Far Reaching Tyranny?

Should funds be taken away from public transport projects to fund underground road systems?

Group 12 Introduction Living in cities is great, until you run into something called traffic. A solution has recently been proposed that entails constructing roads underground. In theory, this will reduce traffic and allow us to pedestrianise our cities. The main drawback is how much investment this infrastructure requires. The Boring Company is a leading … Continue reading Should funds be taken away from public transport projects to fund underground road systems?

Does Nuclear Power have a place in a Sustainable Future?

Group 11 Introduction The first nuclear power plant was built back in 1954 and the industry has been surrounded in conflicting opinions ever since. The capability of nuclear power has grown significantly over the last 70 odd years but recently this growth has stagnated. The world currently receives 10 percent of its electricity supply from … Continue reading Does Nuclear Power have a place in a Sustainable Future?

Would it be acceptable to use Siri as a surveillance device?

Group 10 Introduction Statistics have shown that around 50% of the UK’s population owns an iPhone [1]. These smartphones make up half of the revenue of Apple, the most valuable company in the world, which managed to get its striking reputation from protecting the privacy of its users. In 2011, Apple has launched Siri [2], … Continue reading Would it be acceptable to use Siri as a surveillance device?

Does the promotion of remote surgery actually benefit us?

Group 9 Introduction Nowadays, robotic arms have been widely developed in the field of medicine. And with the development of telecommunication technology such as optical fibre, it is possible to perform remote surgery, surgeons can control robotic arms that allow patients to be treated far away without spending a lot of time travelling. Although the … Continue reading Does the promotion of remote surgery actually benefit us?

Should tidal energy be a part of our green future?

Group 8 Introduction Tidal energy is an increasingly employed means of harvesting renewable energy, forecasted to grow ​15.8% annually between 2022 to 2027.  A popular form of tidal energy generation are tidal barrages.These are dam-like structures installed across a bay or estuary to form a tidal reservoir. The barrages have sluices that control the tidal … Continue reading Should tidal energy be a part of our green future?

SHOULD THE TITLE OF ENGINEER BE PROTECTED IN THE UK?

Group 7 Introduction In the UK, the title of a professional Engineer is not protected compared to other technical professions, such as doctors or architects. Anyone can call themselves and practice as an engineer, regardless of their level of knowledge or experience. In countries like the US and Canada, the engineering title is protected by … Continue reading SHOULD THE TITLE OF ENGINEER BE PROTECTED IN THE UK?

Should Renault supply Red Bull with the same engine that its F1 team used?

Group 5 Introduction The underperforming engine supplied by Renault to Red Bull has significantly damaged its reputation in the 2018 season. As Renault itself operates a team in the same sport, many suspected that Renault purposely supplied faulty engines to its competitors to gain advantage. Renault has denied such accusations, but this raises a question: … Continue reading Should Renault supply Red Bull with the same engine that its F1 team used?

Should we encourage the development of consumer cybernetics?

Group 3 Introduction Cybernetics is the field of human and machine integration, implanting devices into humans to enhance abilities, or to provide replacements for those they lack. These devices can be full limbs, or small sensor arrays implanted in or near the brain. Some cybernetic devices are already in wide use today, including pacemakers and … Continue reading Should we encourage the development of consumer cybernetics?

Should we promote Virtual Reality technology in entertainment?

Group 2 Introduction Virtual reality (VR)  technology, also known as aurora technology, is a new and comprehensive information technology that emerged only at the end of the twentieth century. It incorporates digital image processing, computer graphics, multimedia technology, sensor technology and many other branches of information technology, thus significantly advancing the development of gaming entertainment. … Continue reading Should we promote Virtual Reality technology in entertainment?

Should US’s 1995 sanctions on the Iranian aviation sector be considered ethically acceptable?

Group 1 Introduction In 1995, the USA banned the sale of spare parts and maintenance to Iran’s commercial aircraft, which led to concern over Iranian public safety [1]. The sanctions (including industry giants Boeing and Airbus) were designed to exert political and economic pressure on the ruling government; but they have been linked to a … Continue reading Should US’s 1995 sanctions on the Iranian aviation sector be considered ethically acceptable?

Sci-fi Wifi: Bringing Us Together or Tearing Us Apart?

Group 10 Introduction Elon Musk’s Starlink project aims to encompass the globe in an array of thousands of non-geostationary satellites to provide worldwide low latency, high bandwidth broadband, but while its purpose is to engender connectedness, it has so far caused division.   SpaceX’s space-age advancements seek to provide global wireless internet access, enabling connection from … Continue reading Sci-fi Wifi: Bringing Us Together or Tearing Us Apart?