Opinion

Walk a Mile In My Shoes: The Virtual Body Swap

There’s no denying that the world runs on implicit bias. When we interact with others, we tend to mentally categorize them into stereotypes that shape our perceptions. The “boxes” that we put each other in may not be rational, but they exist nonetheless. Racism works in a similar way. In our minds, certain physical characteristics such as the color of a person’s skin become associated with racial ...

The Potential Degradation of Local Commerce

Large companies such as Amazon, Ebay, and Newegg are dominating the shopping market with cutting edge prices and quick delivery times. However, these companies are bodiless, appearing to the consumer only in the form of a website. These companies define e-commerce, a recent economic development in which goods and services are sold over the Internet. Though e-commerce seems to be an overarching pos...

Algorithms: As Objective As They Seem?

Algorithms are everywhere, tirelessly learning our behaviors in order to predict our choices. As humans we love the convenience this provides, welcoming this new industrial revolution by applying the same “data oriented” mindset to every single aspect of our life with absolute trust. After all, if it’s based on math and scientific method, what could possibly go wrong? A few weeks ago, Cathy O’Neil...

Smart Bodies: A Closer Look at Wearable Technology

Smart, multifunctional wearable devices are a relatively nascent innovation. Starting out in the world of fitness to monitor basic health levels and use GPS tracking for morning runs, they’ve branched out into business and everyday use, like directly communicating with employees and checking calendar events. Consumers seem to be excited about the idea and have been buying smartwatches, but are not...

What Does Pokémon Go Tell Us About the Future of AR?

If you haven’t experienced the latest craze yet, you probably will soon. Pokémon Go is a spin on the beloved video game classic that features augmented reality (AR). Its “AR mode” allows players to attempt to catch Pokémon in real-time, as if the Pokémon was right there with them. The popularity of this app is unquestionable. Splotches of millennials can be seen anywhere from the local downt...

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, ...

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 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...

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...

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...

The Future of Music Technology

Music has always been intrinsically linked to the proliferation of technology, especially within the past sixty or so years: the amplifier led to rock and roll, the synthesizer led to hip-hop, and mixing software led to the rise of EDM. As the popularity of each of these genres during their respective peak years would indicate, developments in sound, recording, and other relevant technologies have...

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