Fall 2020

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    Fall 2020

    What You Don't Already Know About Autonomous Driving

    The Future is Here

    Self-driving cars, although once considered a futuristic ideal, is slowly but surely becoming the norm. Although autonomous cars currently face many challenges (technological, environmental, and legislative/ethical), the industry is still steadily progressing. The University of Waterloo has implemented its own program titled “Autonomoose”, a self-drivinf research platform which is a collaboration between WISE Lab and WAVE Lab. The technology is still being developed, but it is clear that the future is autonomous.


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    Fall 2020

    Meet the New Type of LED Display

    Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) Translucent Displays

    Retail advertising is using technology in the form of translucent displays. Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) Transparent displays offers an opportunity for designers to overlay digital content. These screens have many benefits, including having brighter screens even though less electricity is used. Transparent OLED displays are bringing a new visual experience for the consumer’s experience.


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    Fall 2020

    Virtual Reality and Learning in 2020

    The Future of VR is Here

    Virtual reality (VR) is a technology that has gained significant popularity and can now be seen used on phones, video games, and other entertainment. Contrary to popular belief, VR is not a new technology and its concepts reach back to 1838. Sir Charles Wheatstone first used a tool which altered the perception of depth and 3-dimenisonal structures. VR has since developed in significant ways and can now be used for learning.


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    Fall 2020

    Smart Furniture Can Help You Improve Your Study Habits

    5 Key Smart Furniture Pieces

    Smart furniture has taken the world by storm! Technology has fused with almost every aspect in our home to make our lives easier and more manageable. This article has identified 5 pieces that can be extremely beneficial to its user from increasing the quality of sleep to ensuring your smart phone is always charged (whether you have your charger or not).


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    Fall 2020

    The Dangers of Facial Recognition

    A Neighbourhood Issue

    Facial recognition is a tool that has become more and more popular throughout government agencies as well as throughout apps such as SnapChat. However, facial recognition technology has some ethical issues relating to privacy and false positives. Although this technology can benefit the police force, is it worth giving up the public’s privacy?


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    Fall 2020

    Professor Spotlight: Bojana Videkanić

    Associate Professor & Associate Chair Undergraduate

    Meet professor Bojana Videkanić and find out more about her newly released book “Nonaligned Modernities: Yugoslav Art and Culture 1945-1990”. Bojana is a performance artist and an art historian/theorist whose academic research examines the history of modernist art in the socialist Yugoslavia.


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    Fall 2020

    Bigger, faster, quantum powered

    The age of quantum computing is upon us

    Computers are constantly becoming more and more advanced, but one of the most interesting computers is quantum computers. They are predicted to have more power and be one hundred million times faster while consuming exceedingly less energy than a regular computer used today. Quantum computers drive innovation and it’s exciting to see what we can accomplish with its technology.


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    Fall 2020

    Convenient or creepy?

    How companies are keeping tabs on you

    Online shopping has become extremely popular in the last few months. It’s ease and convenience has made shopping easier than ever. However, companies are also benefitting from customers by partaking in customer profiling. While we are shopping for our products, companies are collecting data in order to offer target advertisements to specific demographics. This article provides some more information on this topic as well as tips to reduce profiling.


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    Fall 2020

    Is seeing really believing?

    The way you perceive media will change forever

    Deepfakes are programs that can create fabricated information using false audio and/or videos. Although deepfakes are currently easy to spot due to their main usage being for spoofs, the technology is expected to improve significantly. Deepfakes have the potential to pose a great risk to politics or to discredit genuine video evidence. This technology is expected to impact our future in a major way; we must learn to spot the fakes.


    Category: Fall 2020 Feature