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Human and robot: possibly harmonious relationship?

The debate over the similarity or difference between human and robot is an interesting topic in the field of computer science. Human and robots undoubtedly share something in commons, while also possess characteristics that are unique to one but not the other. Will these similarities and differences be sufficient enough to harmonize the human-robot relationship, just like the way human relationships are formed?

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Discrimination doesn’t just stop on race or gender

It has never been easier to divide people into different groups in history. Gender, race, political standpoints, nationality, to name a few. Another category that is not less bizarre is intellectual orientation, with mathematics and natural sciences on one side and humanities and social sciences on the other. Similar to other contrasting groups, there is also a heated dispute – to put it lightly, between the mathematicians and natural scientists versus the humanists and social scientists. Despite its core nature, the debate is viewed differently in, and thus poses different impacts on, different cultures, especially between the East and the West.

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Women and Science: Men are running out of reason to “shoo” us away from Science. What are we waiting for?

It is a fact that the presence of women in society is gaining momentum. However, in the field of science, the acceleration is so infinitesimal that any change in displacement is hardly noticed. Indeed, the presence of women in science is rather insignificant, which should not be the case since the pro-masculine-science advocates are running out of “scientific” arguments to domesticate women scientists.

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Frankenstein: an end or justification to science?

Frankenstein” is the first sci-fi novel written in 1816 by Mary Shelly. Despite its two-decade age, it still resonates with the current movement of modern sciences. It can be interpreted as either a warning to a limit in our desire and ability in the advancement of science and technology; or justification in our attempt to defy any boundary in the field. Personally, I prefer the latter interpretation for I believe it is the message that Mary Shelly hid in her work.

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Hundred years from now, how will we in the future look at ourselves at the moment?

My definition of science is the observation, discovery and formulating formulas of natural phenomena. Although it is a field relating to facts, not merely abstract philosophical thinking, science cannot stand the test of time. This is mainly because, as time goes on, we observe and discover new things, which either slightly or fundamentally change our perception and understanding of a previously presumably known phenomenon. With the development of scientific knowledge, how will people in the future look back at us?

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With or without technology, how hard a decision can it be?

In any era, technology must face obstructions to their advancement. In the past when it was firstly introduced, or now, when it is perceived to be on the rise. Technology advocates do not fully have the power to direct the path where they want technology to head to. This is reflected in the fourth law among Kranzberg’s six laws of Technology. Indeed, there are non-technological guidelines that technology must follow if it is to be approved by society. They are, however, not always too supportive of technology.

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