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    Spring 2022

    Professor Spotlight: Geoffrey Fong

    Meet Geoffrey Fong, a Professor of Psychology and Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. Learn about his ground breaking research into tobacco control, and the impact it’s having around the world


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    Spring 2022

    A Look at GPT-3

    Last year, San Francisco research group OpenAI unveiled its new Natural Language Processing Artificial Intelligence, GPT-3. The program is the third in a line of language intelligences designed by the company, and is a ground -breaking achievement across the whole field of engineered intelligence. Trained on more data than any other program of its kind, the results it generates are astounding.


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    Spring 2022

    Climate Models

    Discover how scientists use sophisticated simulations to run experiments that can help us understand not only how our climate may change in the future, but also how it has changed throughout our history.


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    Spring 2022

    Self Driving Tractors

    As automation continues to grow in various industries, agriculture is beginning to catch on to the trend. From self-run farms to tractors that drive themselves, it seems that the need for human involvement might be shrinking in farming. But not everyone’s happy about it, and some would prefer their technology and equipment remained unchanged.


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    Spring 2022

    Solid State Batteries

    Are electric cars the vehicles of the future? Discover how recent innovations in battery technology could overhaul the automobile industry and overshadow the internal combustion engine.


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    Spring 2022

    The James Webb Space Telescope

    NASA recently launched the James Webb Space Telescope. Set to replace the Hubble Space Telescope already in orbit, this new observatory features cutting edge technologies alongside improvements on Hubble’s foundation. But the project is far from perfect and traversed a long road of difficulties in order to make it into space.


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    Spring 2022

    Waste Incineration

    Many countries around the world have begun making the transition toward burning waste for fuel. Is this a breakthrough for climate justice or just another impediment to ecological reform?


    Category: Feature Spring 2022
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    Spring 2022

    Xenobots

    New research breaks down the barriers between technology and biology. Discover how artificial intelligence can design tiny robots made of nothing but living cells.


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    Winter 2022

    Professor Spotlight: Lai-Tze Fan

    Meet Lai-Tze Fan, a sociology professor at the University of Waterloo! Learn about Professor Fan's advice to students and her time in the fields of English, media, and film theory!


    Category: Feature Winter 2022
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    Winter 2022

    Apple's M1 Chip

    Apple is replacing the processor in their new devices. Their partnership with Intel has ended. Learn about the CPU based on arm architecture and x86 architecture and learn about the differences in the ACO: Winter 2022 Newsletter.


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    Winter 2022

    Biometric: The Future of Security 

    Check out our Newsletter about Biometrics. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of Biometric security.


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    Winter 2022

    Brain Computer Interfaces

    Learn about brain-computer interfaces (BCI) and how they analyze brain signals and convert them into computer commands.


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    Winter 2022

    Domestic Robots

    Meet Roomba! A domestic robot used to clean homes. Learn about the ways domestic robots are useful.


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    Winter 2022

    How to Use Canva

    Have you ever used Canva? Canva is a free digital design website where you can easily create invitations, presentations, posters, and even social media stories. Need inspiration? View various designs and original templates made by other users!


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    Winter 2022

    Social Media and Mental Health

    Learn about the harms of overconsumption of social media on mental health and ways to utilize social media and beat addictive phone habits.


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    Winter 2022

    The Global Semiconductor Shortage: Everything you need to know

    Read about how the Covid-19 global pandemic caused a massive semiconductor shortage. Learn about it’s impact on the technological industry.


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    Winter 2022

    Windows 11

    Windows 11 will be replacing Windows 10 soon! Read about the differences between Windows 10 and Windows 11.


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    Fall 2021

    3D Printing in Healthcare

    The advancing 3D printing technology makes for a promising future in the healthcare industry. Utilizing this printing technology to create prosthetic limbs, dental implants, and organs can decrease wait time for those on organ transplant lists and further improve the quality of life for those in need of prosthetics.


    Category: Fall 2021 Feature
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    Fall 2021

    Human Augmentation

    Human Augmentation has greatly benefited us in our daily lives. The three types of Human Augmentation; the replication of human ability, supplementing the human ability, and exceeding the human ability continue to boost our productivity and restore our capabilities.


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    Fall 2021

    Message for Incoming Students in the Fall

    The Safety Office would like students coming back to campus in the fall to be aware of safety precautions taken by the University of Waterloo against Covid-19. Accessibility Services has made suggestions to those who require such services.


    Category: Fall 2021 Feature
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    Fall 2021

    Paramount Plus: a New Streaming Service

    Tired of using the same old streaming service, whether its Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Disney Plus? Or maybe you want to keep those and add on one more monthly payment? Try paramount Plus! This new streaming service features programs from Nickelodeon and MTV, for those who might be feeling nostalgic, CBS, Comedy Central and more.


    Category: Fall 2021 Feature
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    Fall 2021

    Professor Spotlight: Professor Frankie Condon

    Meet Frankie Condon, an English and literature professor at the University of Waterloo and member of Aptly Outspoken! Learn about Professor Condon’s ventures before becoming a professor and her commitment as an activist to anti-racist pedagogy.


    Category: Fall 2021 Feature
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    Fall 2021

    The Internet of Things

    Many objects we use today, otherwise known as “things”, are embedded with sensors and other software that are used for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data with other “things” over the internet. Think about it, we can essentially control everything in our home from the lights in our house to the thermostat all from our smartphone.


    Category: Fall 2021 Feature
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    Fall 2021

    What is a NFT?

    Non-fungible tokens (NFT) are becoming an increasingly popular form of art work for a very high price. These original digital artwork pieces are seen as collectable items that could potentially be worth much more in the future like signed sports jerseys, or limited-edition collectables.


    Category: Fall 2021 Feature
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    Fall 2021

    Wi-Fi 6

    Wi-Fi 6 is the newest generation of Wi-Fi that is three times faster then the current Wi-Fi 5. Wi-Fi 6 will allow routers to communicate with more devices at once and send data to multiple devices in the same broadcast. The increased rate of data will allow users to experience faster internet.


    Category: Fall 2021 Feature
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    Fall 2021

    XaaS: Anything as a Service

    Cloud computing is in demand as it allows people to store and access data and programs over the internet rather than the computer’s hard drive. Anything as a service (XaaS) is a feature of cloud computing that offer a variety of services such as software, data, platform, and infrastructure which greatly benefit business.


    Category: Fall 2021 Feature
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    Spring 2021

    Professor Spotlight: Elizabeth Demers

    Professor, Financial Accounting, Approved Doctoral Dissertation Supervisor

    Meet Elizabeth Demers, an AFM professor at the University of Waterloo. Her studies have been published in the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Review of Accounting Studies, the Harvard Business Review, and other top outlets. Demers is keen on exploring intersections of new areas in order to not only challenge herself, but also others around her to think differently.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Five Helpful Sites for Students

    Make Your University Experience Easier

    Due to current events online learning, education-aiding apps and sites are more important than ever. The ever-increasing availability of extra-help resources makes learning easier for everyone. This article identifies 5 sites that can make your university career more enjoyable, and hopefully alleviates a little bit of stress.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Apple’s Electric Vehicle 

    Production Rumored to Start in 2024

    The newest Apple device is the exciting Apple electric car. The vehicle, intended for a 2024 or later release, might include entirely self-driving technology and aims to be on par with Tesla. The car is expected to feature deep integration with Apple’s existing iOS technology. As Apple continues to emerge as one of the most valuable companies in the world, their first venture into the automotive industry has the potential to take over the electronic vehicle market.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Artificial Intelligence in the Music Industry

    Computing Intelligence to Musical Excellence

    Artificial intelligence is all around us whether we realize it or not. From creating new experimental tunes to reimagining the classics, AI has a large impact on the music that is produced today. With the demand for music to be made in multiple genres and countless elements that can be combined, it's no wonder why the industry is looking to AI to help create new music. AI in music could revolutionize the music we listen to and unlock potentially new combinations that we have never thought of.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Data-Sharing within Social Media: A Call to Action

    Are You Aware of the Tabs Companies are Keeping on You?

    Social media platforms have consistently been scrutinized, especially when the topic of data sharing is mentioned. In fact, last year the United States threatened to ban TikTok from US application stores due to privacy and data sharing concerns. Facebook also came under fire in previous years due to data sharing. Therefore, it comes as little surprise that another messaging platform owned by Facebook, WhatsApp, was also publicly criticized.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    How will 5G Technology Change Our Daily Life?

    Connecting Your Future

    5G is the 5th generation mobile network that is designed to increase speed, reduce latency, and improve the flexibility of wireless services. Compared to 4G, 5G networking is expected to enable data-driven industries, smart cities and so forth. Generally, 5G is a technical revolution that allows much more data transferring across blocks of spectrum and enables a larger capacity and better efficiency. With the implementation of 5G within our smartphones, it opens the possibility of 5G being used in our everyday lives.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Pros and Cons of the Self-Checkout Technology

    Save Time, Serve Yourself

    With the continuous innovation in technology and the evolving needs of customers, the retail industry is transforming towards automation. While self-checkouts certainly reduce time spent in stores, it also takes away the personal touch of interacting with other people. As per usual, disruptive innovation can cause disturbances that have negative implications, however, the positives of self-checkouts cannot be ignored.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Robinhood: A Rising FinTech Star in North America

    Bringing Stock Trading to the People

    Robinhood is a popular trading application where people can invest in stocks, ETFs, and options without any fees. It was reported that this platform sells access to real-time information about which stocks Robinhood’s users are buying and selling which leads to a conflict of interest. This article explores two controversies Robinhood was involved in. Can this be the end of the well-known trading app?


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Talent Search of the Future

    Using Cognitive Science and Games to Help Select Future Employees

    There are many ways games are being used for hiring purposes today. Some are used to identify cognitive and emotional abilities of their candidates while others demonstrate critical thinking and teamwork skills. The result of some of these games shows the user what their top soft skills are, and also allows the employer you are applying to view the results as well. Gamification is an interesting way to go about the hiring process especially in the market as competitive and oversaturated as they are today.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Technological Masks

    Smarter, Safer, and more Unique

    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, masks have become mandatory for many countries in order to reduce the spread. Nowadays, masks have further developed to include technology that is able to assist us in more than simply keeping us safe from germs. Whether it’s improving the quality of our air we are breathing in, helping us communicate despite language barriers, or keeping us healthy, these masks are an exciting advancement within the technology industry.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Technology for the Bees: The Beewise Beehome

    Saving the Bees through AI Technology

    Bees are one of the planet’s hardest working creatures. In addition to impacting the world’s food supply, bees are also responsible for the livelihood/health of many plant-derived medicines. If bees were to disappear it would lead to devastating consequences for the human race, which is why many tech companies, such as Beewise, are using modern technology to improve their chance of survival.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    The Rise of Telemedicine

    Healthcare at Your Fingertips

    Telemedicine is the use of technology to gain access to health care in a variety of forms. While this telemedicine has been used for many years, it’s been on an exponential rise due to the pandemic that we are currently facing. As of now, telemedicine can diagnose and treat many common physical ailments such as allergies, but the future of Telemedicine is very exciting!


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Winter 2021

    Basics of Building a PC

    Tips to know when building your own PC

    Tired of using that same 8 year old computer that runs slower than internet explorer on a 90s dial up connection? It might be time to think about building your own PC, and with these tips it’ll be a cakewalk.


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
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    Winter 2021

    BlockChain

    How Blockchain technology is changing and how it is affecting us

    Want a safe place to store, trade or buy cryptocurrency? Then the highly decentralized Blockchain might be the answer for you.


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
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    Winter 2021

    Superintelligent Machines

    Machines with intelligence even greater than humans

    Technology has come a long way making us wonder if robots and computers can one day take over the human race?


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
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    Winter 2021

    Technology that helps us get through COVID-19

    How the world has adapted to COVID-19

    To help support you through the pandemic, many companies have put on their thinking hats to create new technology that will benefits individuals affected by Covid-19 and keep you safe.


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
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    Winter 2021

    The Dangers of Ransomware

    Snatching both your computer and your files

    Always be cautious when opening suspicious emails or downloading links from websites as they might be attempts to install ransomware on your device. Rule of thumb: always have your data backed up.


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
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    Winter 2021

    University of Waterloo: The Accessible Campus

    How University of Waterloo gives everyone an equal chance to pursue education

    The University of Waterloo is committed to creating a campus that is accessible for people with disabilities studying, visiting or working on campus. Modern technology has proven to be helpful for students and staff with disabilities, especially now during the pandemic. Technology such as Kruzwell 3000 and Otter.ai are some of the reliable technologies that are most used by the University.


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
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    Spring 2020

    Uscan or A Scam?

    The Choice is Yours

    If you have been to a grocery store lately, then you have probably had to make this choice: regular cashier or self-checkout? What choice do you make and do you know the repercussions?


    Category: Feature Spring 2020
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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.


    Category: Fall 2020 Feature
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    Winter 2021

    Professor Spotlight: Jay Dolmage

    English Professor & Founding Editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies

    Say hello to Jay Dolmage an English Professor at the University of Waterloo, founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies and recipient of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, Royal Society of Canada award. Learn more about professor Dolmage’s background and how he became interested in disability and rhetoric.


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
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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.


    Category: Fall 2020 Feature
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    Winter 2020

    Quantum Computing

    From Bits to Qubits; How Particles are Replacing 1’s and 0’s

    Bits are the fundamental elements of digital information; existing as early as the 1700’s. Like arabic numerals to mathematics, bits are the building blocks that every concept or program is built on. Resolute, dependable and unchanging. That is, until recently.


    Category: Feature Winter 2020
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    Spring 2018

    The Critical Media Lab

    Faculty Spotlight: Marcel O'Gorman

    Have you ever wondered “Why and how does technology play such a powerful role in our lives?” As an English Professor, Marcel O’Gorman believes that close reading and careful writing are necessary to answer this question. Through his position as founder and Director of The Critical Media Lab, his mission is to explore the impact of technology on society and the human condition.


    Category: Feature Spring 2018