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What?

I believe that overpopulation is the biggest problem in the world right now and needs to be solved immediately. I’ve recently read an article called “Humans Less Than 1% of Life on Earth, But Have Destroyed Half of Its Plants, More Than 80% of All Mammals”, wrote by Jessica Corbett on commondreams.org. The title is pretty clear, this means that even though we are only 1% of the biomass on earth, each one of us has a big impact on the world, which means that rich countries with low child mortality rate are seriously impacting the speed at of with the biomass on earth dies.

So What?

According to “How Does Overpopulation Affect the Environment?” on reference.com, Human population grows by 1 billion every 12 years, and is only going to grow faster if left unchecked, in addition to this, the earth’s resources are depleting very quickly which means that it’s just a matter of time until the earth runs completely out of resources and we’ll have to rely on other sources for food, water and energy. Us humans currently don’t have access other sources of resources besides the earth (what do you mean, “the moon”?). If the earth completely runs out of resources before we have found out another source of resources then the human race will go extinct, likely due to starvation.

Now What?

Many of us already know to recycle instead of just throwing trash into the other waste bin, but the best method of saving resources is to just not generate trash, because it also takes a lot of energy to recycle objects into pure materials, much more than just making new things. Instead of buying tons and tons of single use plastic bottles for that 500 ml of water, just put some tap water in a reusable water bottle. Instead of getting plastic bags that you’ll throw away minutes after you’re done shopping, just get a cloth bag that you’ll most likely use for several months before it breaks, plus, cloth is an organic material (most likely).

soo the thing is…

just try not to produce trash

Foragers to Future

Foragers to Future Presentation

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Sola Chan G7 Big Data Essay

Sola Chan G7 Big Data Essay

If you were given a choice to choose one of two things: privacy, and convenience/quality of life improvements. Many will choose privacy over convenience, but considering how often it is used in daily life, is it worth it to make the change? Big data brought us many benefits, though those benefits come with a cost, however, with the benefits being safety and convenience, it will be very hard to put it down as it has become a crucial part of our everyday lives.

First, one of the most important uses for big data is that it can identify suspects and criminals just by using the facial recognition software, as seen in the video “Next Level Surveillance: China Embraces Facial Recognition” by the Wall Street Journal, many of the security cameras (if not all) in China are connected to a giant mainframe in which the police can look at the footage and track who is in the current scene, the software can even predict relatives or friends of people by learning who goes where very often and with who. The system has every single person in China and therefore can track every person in China. Many residents in China are worried about how the Chinese government always knowing where they are. However, the Chinese government has no reason track you unless you did something illegal. Moreover, the system has proved very effective, as seen in the video “China: ‘the world’s biggest camera surveillance network’”, it took only 7 minutes to find and locate the host of the show, John Sudworth, which was marked as a suspect in China’s surveillance system for the sake of the video. Armed police quickly gathered around him as he strolled into an open area after confirming his identity. This technology could be used to massively decrease the crime rate in China if most of the population are informed about this new technology.

With the benefits come with the cost, as with all things, but the benefits versus the cost is like an anvil versus a feather. As Kenneth Cukier said in the video “Big Data is Better Data” in literally the first sentence, he said: “America’s favorite pie?” and the Audience replied “Apple”, “How do we know this? Because of data.” he added. Grocery stores can collect your data to analyze what you like to buy and recommend new picks for you, making everything much more convenient. Companies can also collect your data to see what’s wrong with their services and product and see how you use it, so they can improve their services and products, with the cost of your data.  But this data isn’t very important, most of the times it’s about when and how you use it, as nobody is going to store top-secret FBI spreadsheets in a Fitbit or something, so no one needs to worry.

Big data seems like it’s a relatively new piece of “technology”, But during normal web browsing, and you can already see it in action. I don’t even have to cite anything, just go on some random webpage. If you watched something on YouTube about computers, there’s no doubt that some computer ads will appear on your screen after you scroll for a while. Coincidence? In fact, it’s not. YouTube can collect your data on the videos you’ve watched and sell it to other ad companies, then those companies will give you ads on the topic you watched. Therefore, everyone makes money, it’s a win-win situation for both companies, but maybe not too much for you. However, YouTube does this for income and other reasons. Such as recommending videos for you. When was the last time you switched your focus or videos completely just from the recommendation bar (such as suddenly switching from… say “Linus tech tips”, to some kind of “Bright Side” fun facts video)? Probably not this month, unless you still use the old way of browsing YouTube. It would be a pain to have this method of browsing literally everything just, removed, imagine that.

Big data is already in our everyday lives, even if you don’t notice it, using the solution of completely removing it from our world will be an inevitable mistake that many will regret, if not all people that incorporate technology in their daily lives. And contrary to popular belief, big data, of course, won’t take all your data, so you can say that the title is slightly misleading, being called “big data” although it usually takes about only 5-10% of the total data you generate on the internet. And many of the things you post online is usually impossible to remove, as by registering an account on any site and clicking to the “I agree to the terms of agreements” or the “I have read and understood the privacy policy and will use this piece of Software/Webware responsibly” checkbox, you already agreed that they can use your data for any purposes they want. Even more, you’ve probably read the piece of text usually located at the bottom of a webpage saying “xxx.com is not responsible for any illegal crime, loss of money or anything else committed with this website”, so why complain when you already agreed? Of course, no one reads the privacy policy, but at least you should think about what they can and cannot do using common sense, right? In the end, you should learn to just “Relax, and learn to love big data.”

Make It: Reflect and Exhibit

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Something that was particularly hard to do was to edit the audio bytes and finding the right balance of sound in order for it to sound good. And I think during this week my productivity was put to the test (not that I am productive), during the last few days I was 100% all in into making the project, and it turns out that this kind of working is called procrastinating. After finishing the project, all of us was like: “FEELS GOOD MAN”

Looking back at the project, I kind of regretted the decision of procrastinating at unbelievable amounts. Next time I will certainly be more productive.

Final Podcast Link:
http://www.buzzsprout.com/217829/827485-the-amazing-countries-palau-vietnam-israel

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