Humans won’t be replaced

With ChatGPT and Stable diffusion we have gotten a taste of what AI is capable of doing, not that we necessarily didn’t know this before; We simply experienced it for the first time.  The question to ask at this stage isn’t what ChaptGPT can do, but instead, what isn’t it able to do? It isContinue reading “Humans won’t be replaced”

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Effortless Contributions: Computers, Environment, and Social Causes

“The biggest problem the Eurocentric world is facing right now is…” is a sentence with no valid ending to it. Every contribution has its costs, and far far, far down on the list is Green Software. Still, there is no reason that we cannot implement some basic measures to curb climate change, especially if itContinue reading “Effortless Contributions: Computers, Environment, and Social Causes”

An Overview of All Computer History

Though proto-computer science has its roots back in Babylonian times, the general idea behind a working computer did not emerge until the 17th and 18th centuries with mechanical calculators and a mechanized loom, respectively. After that, the first computer was designed in the early 19th century, but was never built, and its idea was very much stillContinue reading “An Overview of All Computer History”

The Ultimate High-Fantasy World

During my Bachelor’s degree, I got sucked into a series by the name of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. It spanned around 10’000 pages of blistering magic, rambunctious characters with a plot so dementedly wide, it left canyons full of unanswered or unexplored questions. Not only this, but the writers supplemented the series withContinue reading “The Ultimate High-Fantasy World”

The Real Reasons for School Shootings

When I told my friend that I will be visiting the US for a week, she told me with a little sarcasm that she “hopes I don’t die in a shooting”. And after surviving only a few days in the US without getting shot (ha.ha…), it wasn’t all too surprising to me why school shootingsContinue reading “The Real Reasons for School Shootings”

A Re-Call to Sustainable Eating

We’ve heard oh so often, how we must curb our release of carbon into the atmosphere. Covid has shown us that our emissions are huge, even if planes were mostly grounded and we travelled less. The initial reaction to this is fatalism: Global Warming is unstoppable. Are we doomed? Westerners would disagree. Europe is inContinue reading “A Re-Call to Sustainable Eating”

Short Codes, Big Effects

The set of short codes in all programming languages that have significant, and perhaps unexpected effects is a particularly fascinating one, because often the most seemingly innocent codes can cause a variety of problems. Some of the most clever lines of code ever written (like the one-liners in Python) rely on hugely compact writing, approachingContinue reading “Short Codes, Big Effects”

The Main Problem with Sustainability

Time and time again, I keep hearing about sustainability this, sustainability that. However, there is a fundamental problem with this approach to making the world a better place.  A friend of mine recently bought a Tesla because it’s electric, arguing that it’s more sustainable. It’s certainly true that it doesn’t release carbon into the atmosphereContinue reading “The Main Problem with Sustainability”

The OS Landscape: A Guide for us All

When looking at the landscape of operating systems (OS), as opposed to those of the sciences, we find something intriguing: explanations of all OS’s do not resemble anything one could teach a five-year old. One might hope that there is one single OS or that all computers follow specific guidelines, which they don’t. Thus, weContinue reading “The OS Landscape: A Guide for us All”