Author Archives: biancadonald5

Are Mechanics Ready for Electric Vehicles?

There’s been a lot of Tweets and class discussions regarding Electric Vehicles (EV) this semester. Especially from Olger and Bryan! Makes sense…Bryan does have a Tesla that he offered to let any of us test drive.   I bet most of you didn’t know that the concept of an electric car dates back to the […]

What makes a robot social?

Social robots are designed to interact and work with people in an interpersonal way, helping to achieve goals and improve the standard of living. Cynthia Breazeal, Director of the MIT-wide Initiative on Responsible AI for Social Empowerment and Education, describes it as “feeling much more like you’re interacting with someone rather than a something.” Social […]

Growing Organs

Have you ever wondered what it really means when you agree to become an organ donor? Becoming an organ donor means you can give up to 8 people a second chance of living by donating your heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, pancreas, and intestines. You also volunteer non-organ biomaterial like tissue, bones, skin, heart valves, and […]

Man Versus Machine

Do me a favor? Read the meme above, and then go ahead and read it again. The goal of automation has always been to improve lives. Automation is not malicious in purpose; “Automation is a tool and not a behavior” (Think Automation). However, the fear of unethical automation practices becomes more real as automation becomes more proficient. […]

This is not sponsored.

First things first, let me start by introducing myself and then we can jump into why I chose to continue this course after many, many warnings from Professor Kane day 1.  To the classmates that I have had the pleasure of meeting over zoom, I hope you all enjoyed the sporadic, yet common, visits from my naughty […]