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Is The Wall-E Future Closer Than We Think? (Part 2)

This is the second of several articles that hypothesize a possible future where people will spend a significant portion of their days inside their homes. This article in particular is about food. Let’s go back to Alex, our protagonist from the first article. He’s feeling a little hungry, yet he doesn’t feel like cooking and doing the dishes afterwards. He picks up his iPhone and texts a pizza emoj...

The Creation of Superman

It sees what most cannot see. It ventures where few dare to venture. It fails to shudder at the slew of bullets and is, for the most part, immortal. Created and controlled by man, this daring sketch of the human imagination has solidified into reality through the drone. With this manifestation comes controversy, perhaps from the complex nature of the drone: composed of a mind that belongs to man, ...

Aplicaciones, Программное обеспечение, or 软件: English Dominates Software

//Java System.out.println (“Hello World!”); #Python print (“Hello World!”) //C++ cout << “Hello World!” << endl; If you’re a veteran programmer who’s built apps, designed websites, and (probably) made upwards of $100,000 annually at your day job, the above code will seem like a first grade problem — which it actually is, in Estonia. And even if you’ve only been coding for a week,...

3D Touch Will Touch Our Lives

Mark your calendars: September 9th, 2015 was a giant leap forward for mankind, because on that day, our day-to-day interactions with technology such as tablets, mobile phones, and laptops, changed forever. How so? On that day, in a manner that barely registered a notch of media attention, Apple unveiled its 3D Touch, a new feature being included into the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S plus. It was as bre...

Is The Wall-E Future Closer Than We Think? (Part 1)

This is the first of several upcoming articles that hypothesize a possible future where people will spend a significant portion of their days inside their homes. This article in particular is about shopping. On a chilly Thursday in San Francisco, 23-year old Alex wakes up in his apartment to find that his electric razor has stopped working. Without needing to walk past his front door, he gets onto...

The “Shared” Future of the Economy

“Sharing economy.” The phrase is omnipresent enough these days it has achieved the status of a buzzword. But what exactly does it mean? Essentially, the sharing economy is a socio-economic system built around the sharing and optimization of human and physical resources. Although peer-to-peer (P2P) networks are the most common form, the sharing economy can take on many other forms as well, such as ...

The Future of Classroom Education

The administrators of the Los Altos School District in Santa Clara County, California, have decided to break away from traditional education methods. Every weekday at 8:30 A.M., elementary school students stroll into the classroom. Teachers usher them into their seats and instruct them to take out their laptops, to,  strangely, start working on homework. By working with students through homework r...

Goal Line Technology

The FIFA World Cup is one of the most, if not the top, watched sporting event in the world. Since its establishment in 1930, there has been very little change to the structure of how the competition is run. Four referees regulate the game: one main referee on the field, two linesmen, and a timekeeper/substitutions tracker. Despite the presence of referees with specialized positions, human error en...

Algorithms Take The Wheel: The Coming Age of the Self-Driving Car

Over the past decade, the transportation industry has been rejuvenated by technology, allowing for more efficient methods of getting from Point A to Point B. Ride-sharing apps like Uber, Lyft, and SideCar have simplified the process of hailing a cab for both drivers and consumers, replacing the frustrating experience of lingering on the street with a few taps of a phone screen. Our next stop in th...

Guns and 3D Printing Revisited: A Diversionary Blank

Guns and 3D Printing Revisited: A Diversionary Blank On October 9th, 2014, BTR published the article “Guns, 3D Printing and Internet Anonymity in the 21st Century.” In it, the author discussed how 3D Printing R&D Firm Defense Distributed uploaded a Youtube video of an AR-15 with a 3D Printed lower receiver—a part legally considered a firearm under federal law—pumping out hundreds of rounds wit...

Exploring Teamwork Through Collegiate Hackathons

Our writer Karen Lin spent the first weekend of October at UC Berkeley’s own hackathon. In this piece, she explores the what participants at these events learn from each other, and how navigating team dynamics translates into engineering skill. The weekend of Cal Hacks 2.0, approximately 30 organizers, 47 sponsors, 120+ volunteers, and 2000+ participants from universities all over the nation...

Making the Implicit Explicit: Drones and the Changing Nature of Human Warfare

In an 1819 speech, Swiss-French philosopher Benjamin Constant predicted the end of wars: “Every day, war becomes a more ineffective means of satisfying [our] wishes. Its hazards no longer offer to individuals benefits that match the results of peaceful work and regular exchanges.” Scientific progress and Europe’s Industrial Revolution had made the pursuit of private pleasure an increasingly attain...

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