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The Growing Issue of Data Privacy

Picture this. You are on your way to meet a few friends in New York City and your phone is almost out of power. You stumble across a kiosk in Bryant Park that offers free WiFi and a charging port; you plug in and connect for a few minutes, fill out a survey, agree to a lengthy terms and conditions agreement, and then unplug and continue with your day. …


An Intro to the Internet of Things and its Implications

“Mom, why’d you buy a smart toilet?”

“It tracks how often you go to the bathroom and can monitor your health, honey.”

Haha, just kidding. Well, actually, who knows this could become a thing.

Sensors are becoming increasingly present in nearly all parts of our lives. They can track our day to day activities and give us personalized data. I’ll talk a bit about the pros and cons of this later, but for now, let’s talk about the branch of technology these sensors are categorized in: the internet of things (IoT).

What is IoT?

IoT is a system of connected devices communicating with…


Reflecting on a Year With TKS and The Mindsets I Learned Along The Way

Have you ever thought you couldn’t change and were stuck in the situation you’re in? Or, as a high schooler, told yourself that you’re not able to accomplish something bigger due to your age? Before this year, that was my mindset. I was the guy that liked to play it safe all the time — telling myself to be more realistic about what I could do, who I could be, and in general, to pull back my expectations. That all changed this year. …


Should Ownership In Space Be Permitted?

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Can a person own the Moon? What about the Sun or any other celestial bodies? Well, in the 1980s, a Californian named Dennis Hope wrote a letter to the UN that the Moon was his, stating that he intended to subdivide and sell parts of the Moon. He reasoned that the 1967 Outerspace treaty never covered individual ownership. To this day, the UN has yet to respond to him. He has since sold over 611 million acres of land on the Moon for $19.95/acre to many, including three of the past US Presidents (George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald…


Outlining the Pros and Cons of Golden Rice

Photo by Sebastian Pena Lambarri on Unsplash

Source of more than 1/5 of all human consumed calories on the planet, rice is one of the most popular crops in cuisines around the world. Now, is this good or bad? For some, rice is just popular in their culture or a supplement to a variety of other foods and vitamins. But for others, due to economic reasons, it’s the only thing they eat and the sole crop they rely on for sustenance.

This eating habit, solely based on carbs, often results in malnutrition and vitamin A deficiency. One type of malnutrition that is common amongst people with this…


There are many companies with multi-billion dollar valuations, including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Tesla, and Goldman Sachs. But how do these companies achieve such valuations and grow their firms over many years? Companies must have many qualities to achieve and sustain such growth in very competitive environments. Arguably some of the most essential qualities include strong leadership, adaptability, and a growth-orientation. With strong leadership comes a more focused and well-directed company; with adaptation comes continued success even when markets change; with a growth-orientation comes a focus on constantly meeting (and exceeding) market needs. Some of the top examples of these qualities…


Our world is rapidly changing due to advancements in technology. For centuries, as humans, we have sought to make our lives easier. Technology is one of the reasons our species thrives. However, new technology is often questioned during development and its early use. Artificial intelligence, otherwise known as AI, is the software that allows machines to use and analyze data to spot trends, interact with other machines and humans, and learn from its experience in an automated manner. AI has given us Alexa, Google Home, Siri, chatbots, Google Photos, self-driving cars, Netflix, Facebook, data analysis in financial services, medical and…

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