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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Autonomous cars "the way of the future"

There is a new car coming to the market... One you don't even drive yourself.  Is this a good idea? You may say yes, but before you do, think about how these cars could be programmed to hit you.

Think about it this way.  If an autonomous car is in a situation where it would have no choice but to crash, should it crash into a mini cooper, or an SUV? An SUV could handle the crash, but that means the car was targeting this SUV over any other car.  If the situation changed to either hitting a motorcyclist with a helmet on vs one without, who should be hit?  You would think the one with the helmet, but that means not wearing a helmet makes you safer on the road.  This would make less and less people ride a motorcycle without a helmet.

Does this mean we should have the target chosen at random? I think that this could partially solve the problem, but only when the targets are similar. If the car has to chose between hitting a truck and running over a biker, it should aim for the truck every time. If the targets are more similar, like two cars or the bikers again, the system should be random. A car has a faster reaction time than a person so it is more likely to avoid the crash and make split second decisions better than a human who not only doesn't have the fastest reflexes, but could also be tired, drunk, or having some other handicap to their driving. 

This makes me think.. are you responsible for a crash your automatic car makes? If you hit a car, are you yourself to blame?  If in a worse case scenario someone dies from your car are you locked in jail?  There has to be someone to blame for these events, and the dealership that mass produces these cars shouldn't be because they're already trying their hardest to make this car as safe as they possibly can.

All-in-all I still question whether autonomous cars are entirely ethical or not.  Either way they will be made.  Progress is progress and that's not going to stop just because a 15 year old questions it.  Although it does save lives, it puts people in a sort of "Russian roulette" game where at times just driving puts you in the lottery as a potential target.  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Another passion project update

So far on me and vedant's passion project, we made some progress, like background and some certain stereotypes specifically, but we are still behind.  We have 2 or 3 stereotypes addressed directly, but we need more than that in our project. In the next weeks we will reach at least 10

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

passion project update

the past few weeks have been successful for my passion project.  While me and Vedant learned the origins of stereotypes, i was surprised about how simple, yet less known, a reason it was why stereotypes are still around today (if meant as a racist reason, not a mean joke)
i think we will definitely have enough time to finish this project, and may have time to go in depth on certain subjects.


Friday, November 15, 2013

one of the best parts of rogate.  well this year i am learning what i can and can't do in 16 days.
At first we were going to make a "Cat Mario" based game and troll the class.  we can't do that since we can't get a  software on the school's computer.  to overcome this obstacle, we found a website to make a game on... long story short, that got very boring very fast since a 3 year old could make a game on that site.  

we went to a new idea.  CODING.
We decided to code our own video game.  at first we turned to code academy, but that didn't really help.  after that we tried c++ (a type of coding) tutorials.  that didn't work either. so we are now working on a word game without graphics.  we are making this on notepad.  this will be our project.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

They're always there... making a name for you, they could ruin you, they're all around us... What are they?    GRADES!!!

       To society, grades are pretty much a label of who you are, and what you can do.  this is obviously not true, but people with bad grades joke about the fact that they have a 21% in a class.  Most teachers just label these kids bad, when maybe they just missed a few assignments.  In my opinion, numbers in grades are just to show someone doing bad more specifically.  If an assignment comes in late, or on the wrong kind of paper (i have experience with that one), you get points off.  nowhere in the grade does it say you did these things, so it almost seems like you just can't complete the assignment correctly.
       The 100 point scale to me (and yes... also Claire) is just a way for teachers to be lazy and grade papers easier.  the traditional way we grade papers doesn't show what we need to specifically in a certain topic. for example, if you do bad on a quiz about shapes, the teacher may feel you need extra help with shapes. but maybe its just part of that topic.
        If you think about it like that, then you may understand how this method doesn't work so well.  Thats why there's a grading system called the SBG. SBG stands for Standards Based Grading.  its a grading system that breaks down subjects by unique standards.  if you don't do good in a topic within a topic the teacher will know.  for example if you do bad on that shapes quiz with SBG, your grades will say you need help with something like naming a 400000000000000 sided shape.  then you can get specific help.
        I say we switch to SBG so people can stop failing classes and get on with their lives.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Well they call me Chris... cuz thats my name.  Something good in my life is my football team is second place... and soon to be first in the SJYFL (South Jersey Youth Football League)  and yeah i have a blog now :p
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