Category Archives: 2019

Securing engineering contracts in developing countries — is corruption a necessary evil?

Group 20 The fate of many companies, CEOs and even western governments has been shaped by the eruption of corruption scandals linked to foreign investment. Only in 2011 the UK’s parliament passed The Bribery Act (1)which holds a “commercial organization” liable for “failure … to prevent bribery” and it is partly inspired by the American … Continue reading Securing engineering contracts in developing countries — is corruption a necessary evil?

Engineering – You’re Hired? The Machine Learning Revolution

Group 59 Most companies now feature video interviews as part of their recruitment process to evaluate potential candidates. These interviews are increasingly being assessed by machine learning (ML). ML, in this context, applies algorithms to quantitatively identify successful features in human behaviour as observed in the video interview. For example, features such as facial expressions, … Continue reading Engineering – You’re Hired? The Machine Learning Revolution

Children and Technology: Development or Disaster?

Group 47 Can you survive in a world where smartphones and computers do not exist? Tech giants such as Microsoft and Google have been shaping the future that we are living in right now. Embracing Internet of Things have changed how we deal with matters such as communication, shopping and entertainment. However, excessive reliance has … Continue reading Children and Technology: Development or Disaster?

Should we implement delivery drones?

Group 58 The online shopping industry is continually growing, with the UK’s e-commerce market becoming the third largest in the world. Accordingly, retail focus is shifting towards optimising product shipping, by reducing delivery cost and time. Drones are the next technological leap, carrying packages of 30kg at 54 km/h and have direct routes to customers. … Continue reading Should we implement delivery drones?

Is the use of animal testing for medical purposes considered ethical?

Group 72 The development of new medical treatments for both infectious and non-infectious diseases within the United States relies heavily on the usage of animal testing. The main purpose of these studies focuses on drug testing and toxicological screening. In 2016, the USDA reported a 7% rise in the usage of animal testing, reaching over … Continue reading Is the use of animal testing for medical purposes considered ethical?

Predictive Policing: Will cameras become racist?

Group 32 No New Faces For decades, technologies have been helping law enforcement to solve crime, it therefore doesn’t come as a surprise that, presently, machine learning has become the preferred method to tackle crime. However, using data analysis technology to predict crimes before it happens is a relatively new idea. Such a possibility may seem like a plot from … Continue reading Predictive Policing: Will cameras become racist?

Biomass: Energy of the Future or (Bio)Massive Waste of Space

Group 79 With greenhouse gas emissions at an all-time high and global non-renewable resources depleting rapidly, drastic reform is required in the way we produce our energy. Nuclear remains an unpopular option, wind and solar cannot be depended on for consistent generation, and battery storage technologies are decades away from large-scale feasibility. Biomass provides cheap, … Continue reading Biomass: Energy of the Future or (Bio)Massive Waste of Space

Was it ethical to award Fritz Haber the Nobel Prize?

Group 57 Nobel Prizes, in their respective field, are awarded annually to those that have made the most important discovery or improvement. Some might consider the winners of Nobel Prizes to be controversial, especially the German chemist Fritz Haber who was awarded the prize in 1918 for his work in synthesising ammonia. Today, the process … Continue reading Was it ethical to award Fritz Haber the Nobel Prize?

Is Virtual Reality a good substitute for real-life training for engineering applications?

Group 9 Virtual Reality (VR) is a barrier-breaking technology which allows complete immersion into a virtual environment, letting communication of ideas be easily and economically undertaken worldwide. The usage of VR within engineering in particular provides a competitive advantage within the training sphere, allowing previously dangerous and costly instructional processes to be undertaken much more … Continue reading Is Virtual Reality a good substitute for real-life training for engineering applications?