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Sriskandha Kandimalla

The dark side of techno-utopian dreams: Ethical and practical pitfalls

In a world that is becoming increasingly intertwined with technology, techno-utopianism has emerged as a dominant philosophy shaping humanity’s future. Visionaries like Elon Musk...

Microchips: powering modern warfare and shaping global dominance

Microchips, a set of electrical circuits on a small piece of silicon, have become integral to daily life and run the modern technological world....

The Whitewashing of Yoga: Exclusion and Commodification in America’s Wellness Culture

The Western wellness industry has adopted practices from indigenous communities and turned them into commodified, luxury goods.

Why Diversifying Tech is Integral for Fairer Artificial Intelligence

AI is a powerful tool that is capable of tackling complex social problems, such as access to education, elimination of bias in decision-making processes and other essential services... While it has the potential to systematically eliminate these issues, without proper regulation to ensure the safe development and deployment of AI, it can perpetuate biases and infringe on individual rights.

Granting Gun Rights to Domestic Abusers Poses a Grave Threat to Womens’ Safety

United States v. Rahimi is now among many instances of the judiciary branch stripping away protections of marginalized communities in favor of protecting the rights of people from privileged backgrounds. This ruling directly puts the lives of women and children in danger against gun violence, raising the question of whether the Judicial branch is committed to protecting the rights of all citizens equally.

Popular Culture Doesn’t Adapt Black Culture, It Exploits It

From how we speak, to the music we listen to and the clothes we wear, many of the defining elements of American culture come from Black communities and creators. A commercialization of Black culture is happening with little to no benefit to Black creators. While Black communities face prejudice, others benefit from the exploitation of their culture. 

Gonzalez v. Google Proves the Need To Regulate Big Tech

Gonzalez v. Google, a court case currently pending a decision from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), has the potential to change the entire landscape of the internet. The case centers around Section 230, a section of U.S. code passed through the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA). Section 230 has protected social media companies from legal action against third-party content posted on their platform, essentially shielding these corporations from having to regulate user content. This has caused an explosion in false information and dangerous extremist views.

Unsustainable Mining Is Driving the Electric Vehicle Boom

As the demand for electric vehicles increases in first-world countries, the race to obtain the necessary materials to manufacture them has damaged the environment and disrupted entire communities. Rather than focusing solely on the benefits of the final product, it is crucial to ensure the entire production cycle of electric vehicles is economically friendly.

Ronald Reagan’s Legacy: The Rise of Student Loan Debt in America

President Biden's student loan forgiveness plan and cancellation of billions in debt have sparked controversy with Republicans. The skyrocketing cost of higher education has resulted in a staggering $1.75 trillion in student loan debt. It's time to uncover the roots of the student debt crisis and understand how it ballooned to its current state.

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