Opinion

Danger, high voltage: the sex-bot scare

February 20, 2019

The cause for concern comes when as of now, with more and more money being poured into this form of artificial intelligence when possible ethical and societal ramifications get neglected.

Opinion

The dark side of posting online

February 20, 2019

Adults can or should be able to tell the difference between what is right and wrong and strive to only share appropriate content without the threat of the law or the offer of a carrot but it is the youngest members of our society that are the most susceptible to the dark side of social media.

Opinion

The ethical ambiguity of awareness challenges

February 20, 2019

In choosing this kind of challenge as opposed to handing your platforms over, there is a missed opportunity to share the spotlight with the people you’re trying to help and give a voice to. Share your platforms, pass the mic.

Opinion

Ghosting: heartless or harmless?

February 6, 2019

Ghosting, for those who have not experienced it, is when someone who you believe is interested and cares about you ends a relationship by disappearing from contact without any explanation. No goodbye phone call, or

Opinion

The self-driving car conundrum

February 6, 2019

The idea that self-driving cars are a new danger on roads already carrying cars, cyclists, public transport and pedestrians is a preposterous notion. Fortunately, it is being used less and less as an excuse to

Opinion

Students deserve to be paid for their time

February 6, 2019

Unpaid internships are an unjust way of separating those who can afford to work for free and those who need to pay rent. They should not be legal and offer an unfair advantage to those

Opinion

Gender quotas are not the answer to any problem

December 12, 2018

Gender quotas are sexist and cynical. They are predicated on the idea that the only reason women are underrepresented in a certain field is because of gender. Not only that, they assume that women need

Opinion

Controversial Iceland ad did more good than harm

December 12, 2018

A few weeks ago, uproar was caused after the frozen food supermarket, Iceland, dropped their Christmas advert on Facebook and other social media platforms. Note, dropped online, not on television. This is because the organisation

Opinion

The troubles of toxic masculinity

December 12, 2018

Irish society has become better at discussing mental health issues. However, men across the country are still suffering and are largely being ignored. Last year, men accounted for 79 per cent of suicide deaths last

Opinion

The perils of a social credit system for democracy

December 12, 2018

The phrase ‘’better to say nothing than anything bad’’ is extremely misleading, yet, since the inception of Mao Zedong’s communist victory in China, this policy has effectively been used since 2014. It is being expanded

Opinion

Gene editing has the potential for greatness

December 12, 2018

Gene editing has hit the headlines lately after a scientist in China claimed to have made the first pair of genetically edited twins. Although this has not yet been proven, it brings to light the

Opinion

Tackling gender imbalance begins from the ground up

November 28, 2018

It is estimated that without the introduction of female-only professorships, it would take two decades to achieve gender balance in senior academia with an increase of one or two percent success rates in female professorships.

Opinion

Is veganism achievable for everyone?

November 28, 2018

For some low-income families, it is simply not manageable to shell out extra cash, time or resources on sustaining a vegan lifestyle, when it seems more affordable to grab the quicker and cheaper options.

Opinion

Is it wrong to wear the remembrance poppy?

November 28, 2018

A Canadian doctor was in a Belgian field just over 100 years ago and was surrounded by death when he noticed a bruised shaped, vibrant red flower growing around the bodies. After the Second Battle

Opinion

What will the Brexit draft deal mean for Ireland?

November 28, 2018

While up until this point the UK policy of ‘no surrender’ politics has ruled out the prospect of a second referendum, the unlikeliness of this draft being approved and their unwillingness to crash out of the EU means it may soon be the only viable solution.

Opinion

The importance of public intellectuals

November 14, 2018

In a society where one of the world’s most powerful leaders is an egotistical narcissist, the importance of public intellectuals and social commentary has never been greater.

Opinion

Dublin public transport must be addressed

November 14, 2018

What makes a city? Some may argue that if a larger town has a cathedral, it’s a city. In the modern day, there are many elements to a city, not just a larger church –

Opinion

Picking the right side in identity politics

November 14, 2018

Don Lemon, a celebrated news anchor from CNN, has called for a halt of the demonization of people while simultaneously vilifying white men. The logical inconsistency here could not be more obvious, yet Lemon has