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Denialism vs Skecpticism by Christopher Reinert

In the past few weeks, I have been working on an in class project where I had to explain the ethical issues scientists face when presenting their research to the public. During my research, I found an essay that inspired me to write the following…

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Emotional Autonomy: Categories and Logics by Christopher Reinert

Building a robot that can act autonomously in an environment has long been the goal of roboticists. The most common, colloquial definition of an autonomous robot is a robot(s) that can perform desired tasks in unstructured environments without continuous human guidance (1). This a fairly general definition that applies equally well to domestic and military robots, but does not specify how to give the robot autonomy.

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Technological Adolescence by Christopher Reinert

I remember sitting in a psychology class and being told that as students, we were studying one of the four next frontiers in science. The other three frontiers are deep sea and space exploration and the quantum world. This statement left an impression on me, but not in the way I thought it would. As I thought about this statement, I was left wondering why the general public was not interested in exploring these scientific frontiers.

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Education for the Future by Christopher Reinert

Is it worth going to four years of university to earn two degrees which did not automatically ensure employment? Extrapolating further into the future, what would the value of a college level education be in an economy where professions originally only the domain of humans had been mechanized? Would technical or vocational educations still be a valuable investment if those fields were mechanized?

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Writing the Future by Christopher Reinert

There is an argument in popular culture that claims science fiction authors have over the past century routinely predicted the development of new technologies and new social problems. Proponents of this argument cite supposed predictions of geosynchronous satellites, the internet and artificial intelligence as proof. The issue with these predictive claims, aside from supposing that a science fiction authors possess extraordinary clairvoyant powers, is that such arguments ignore the scores of failed predictions. However, the basic question is...

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Engineering the Future: Geoengineering by Christopher Reinert

Geoengineering has an image problem. Some proposed geoengineering projects, such as space mirrors or cloud seeding, seem like they come from the pages of a science fiction novel. Those who propose these projects are treated with belittling rhetoric. Other projects face a different type of imaging problem; the project’s proponents are accused of having vague or unspecified goals and timelines. Such projects are summarily dismissed as being idealistic, out of touch or nebulous.

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Film as a Research Source by Christopher Reinert

By the time you have finished reading this sentence, you will be acutely aware of the sensation of your back resting against the chair. This demonstration is used by psychology lectures to demonstrate that people are largely unaware of the vast majority of sensations that they experience. This disregard stems in part from mechanical limitations of the brain and the need to maintain a stable body image. The mechanical limitations are not germane to the topic of the paper beyond saying that the brain can only process so much incoming sensory i...