Group 61 Autonomous vehicles are an emerging technology that are expected to reduce traffic and congestion, while increasing road safety. However, an ethical dilemma exists when coding the vehicles behaviour. In the event of an unavoidable crash that would kill either pedestrian(s) or the passenger(s) in the car, how should the car be coded to … Continue reading Group 61
Group 60 Air pollution has been an increasing significant issue nowadays due to the requirement of social development. Some people believed that it is time to reduce the reliance of cars and make the air pollution controllable, but there is also a voice claimed that policies like traffic restriction are useless. The following articles will … Continue reading Traffic Restriction, The BEST Or The WORST?
Group 59 In March 2005, Amal Graafstra had implants in his hands and used it to access his home, and open car doors. 2013 saw the launch of a biohacking company “Dangerous Things” by Amal. To this date, 10,000 people are estimated to have chips implanted. Spreading like wildfire, the movement promoting the merge of … Continue reading Why Don’t You Go Hack Yourself?
Group 58 The River Nile passes through Sudan and Egypt and into the Mediterranean Sea. The Blue Nile, one of two main tributaries to the Nile, makes up 60% of the main river and originates in Ethiopia. The country is currently constructing The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a massive $4.16Bn project that aims to … Continue reading Too Many Dam Issues!
Group 57 As the development of artificial intelligence and SLAM autonomous systems become extremely potential research projects for big companies. It seems that driverless vehicles will be the future of the vehicle industry if those companies enable to overcome technical challenges. However, it will conflict with the current law systems and ethical standard which needs … Continue reading Release Hands, Are We Ready Yet?
Group 56 You might have heard of Flippy, a controversial burger-flipping robot with the sole purpose of cooking you a perfect patty. It has been successfully implemented in a Californian burger chain but was recently taken offline for being too slow. With such headlines it’s easy to overlook and even ridicule the impressive rise of … Continue reading Automation: A Tool For Progression?… Or A Recipe For Disaster?
Group 55 The customer wants a bicycle company to manufacture a bicycle which uses a low-quality material. The engineer notices this and wants to replace it with a more durable material, but it would change the look of the bicycle. The manager disagrees and tells the engineer ‘the customer is always right’. If the engineer … Continue reading Is The Customer Always Right?
Group 54 The ship-breaking industry attracts fierce attention, notorious for the grievous injuries and fatalities of its workers. In nations such as Bangladesh, it has developed haphazardly. The ship-breaking yards operate with little planning and deplorable working conditions. Once sold, tankers and cargo ships are driven onto the shores; ill-equipped and often underage workers break … Continue reading Death, Destruction And Dollar Bills: The Daily Strife Of Ship-Breakers
Group 53 On January 2018, Pablo Ross from the University of California reported that his team was able to create pig embryos with one human cell per every 100,000 pig cells (Cookson, 2018). This work has inspired more research on this area. (Davis, 2018). These advancements have the objective to grow human organs in animals, … Continue reading Your New Chimerical Kidney, From A Pig
Group 52 Outlawing the sales of diesel and gasoline cars is one initiative designed to reduce air pollution levels and meet the conditions set out in the Paris agreement to reduce global emissions. Electric cars are expected to takeover, but currently account for less than 1% of global vehicle sales. So, the solution is simple: … Continue reading Electric Vehicles – The Prius We Have To Pay
Group 51 The real problem with water is not in its abundance but rather in its usability. Persian Gulf countries experience a shortage of clean water resources. Desalination can provide it by removing the salts from seawater to make it drinkable. This however comes with consequences, the removal of salts from sea water uses immense … Continue reading Desalination: Take It With A Pinch Of Salt
Group 50 SpaceX’s recent development, the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), aims to revolutionise the civil aerospace industry by providing a reusable, two-stage rocket for commercial aviation, allowing passengers travel to “anywhere on Earth in under an hour”. Despite its potential, questions still surround whether we need a better connected world and if there is consumer … Continue reading A Better Connected World
Group 49 Over the years there has been a lot of debate regarding the issue of Genetically Modified Organisms/Foods (GMO’s/GMF’s). It is one of the most contentious areas of science, where although genetic engineering is being used for medical applications such as in GM Insulin, the use of the same in the case of agriculture … Continue reading GMFs- Good Modern Foods? OR Good Murder Foods?
Group 48 June 2017 marked the date where the horrifying news of skyscraper tower blazed in fire had sparked the attention of most people primarily to those who invested in the high-rise building – Grenfell Tower. The foreseen disaster had engulfed with it 80 innocent lives. A cladding method for insulation, a main cause for … Continue reading Grenfell Fell To The Ground