Although polygamous marriages are generally frowned upon by modern Western societies and mainly have negative connotations, it is possible to identify positive externalities for both parties involved in this arrangement.
The American sci-fi film Gattaca from 1997 presents us with a future society where children are conceived through genetic manipulation in order to endow them with the best hereditary conditions. Now, two decades later, designer babies have become an intense topic of discussion that challenges some of our most intrinsic and fundamental values.
The recent decade, which has witnessed a formidable proliferation of Bitcoin is worrying. What aspires to be the 21st century’s digital gold is already traveling to many corners of the world without a traffic officer or signal lights.
Skepticism aside, it is still worthwhile to point out the relevant advantages Bitcoin has to offer to consumers in particular. As the first of its kind, Bitcoin may at the very least serve as an innovative exemplar for future development of cryptocurrencies and digital payments.
With the collection of student fees from international students beginning this semester, the USC has attempted to include KISA as a special autonomous organization within the USC. Unfortunately, the motion to officially include KISA in the USC failed to reach any committee. To find out about the two sides to this issue, The KAIST Herald sat down with the head of the International Secretariat of the USC Hyoungwook Jin and the President of KISA Sanzhar Kerimbek.
We sometimes recline away from our rational selves to make room for ambiguity — we know that committing to a stance can be a self-deprecating act and must assume neutrality to shy away from being judged. In other words, we attribute happenings to subjects that hinge on a far less solid basis as we can see from the articles or speeches that say the “evil has taken over” or one was “cut short of luck”.
What if you passed by someone or something lying in deadly pain, wrenched in the cold waters of the Styx? The good-willed member of society is obliged to assist, to guide, and to save. We should not, and must not, become the victims of cowardice and lethargy. This is when courage is needed and when the lone ordinary becomes the mystically heroic.
The Turk (1700s), Da Vinci (2000), and AlphaGo (2015) are only some of the many “robots” that have brought about revolutionary changes to the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Although the proficiency of such robots has already been proven, the public has had mixed opinions on the topic of these robots replacing many areas of mankind’s lifestyle.
Moon is looking for a radical approach involving the complete phase-out of nuclear power plants. I believe that because of the potential dangers of the power plants, some of them should be closed, but a complete phase-out is definitely not a viable option.
With our climate, geography, and advanced nuclear technology, I believe that Korea should instead place nuclear energy at the center of the nation’s energy policy initiatives and dedicate more effort into the research and development of the technology.
At the International Congress of Mathematicians held in 2014 in Seoul, Stanford mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman honored with the prestigious Field’s Medal. Born in Tehran in 1977, she died of cancer this July, aged only 40. Her daughter was six years old.
Although a distinctive line can be drawn between the concept of “truthfulness” and “usefulness”, the increasing demand for a comprehensive set of information in today’s pursuit of knowledge means that we should be critical of the selectivity and the integrity of the knowledge presented to us.
One typical rainy autumn day in Vienna, Mrs. Wagner, my ninth grade history teacher, asked several minutes before class started, “Did you hear about what happened to Kim Jong-il? What do you think is going to happen now to North Korea?”
I became a big fan of dystopian novels ever since I read George Orwell’s 1984 in high school and fell in love with the darker themes in fiction writing, which was a new concept to me at the time. Luckily, there was no shortage of writers who had gloomy futures for humanity, and soon after 1984, I had finished Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Lois Lo
[Debate] Is Political Apathy a Problem for KAIST Students?KAIST has had a difficult time finding adequate political participation from the student body. Surveys related to upcoming campus-wide legislature often go unnoticed by some apathetic students, and only after the policy is set in place does it attract enough attention. Are KAIST students exercising a healthy degree of political participatio
An ill-fated duo has taught Korea a valuable lesson: one that none of the Bushes, Kims, or Arroyos could teach us, one that millions took to the street every week to learn, one that demystified a deified dead.On one hand stands the princess, left to the hands of her secretaries and assistants after both her parents were assassinated. She must have walked a lonely path. Even though she may have bee
The previous and the current issues of The KAIST Herald each present an article about the recently released university rankings and how well KAIST did on them compared to other universities and to its own performance last year. While critics of the rankings themselves would point out what they believe are the innately problematic aspects of the ranking system, there may still be ways to make do wi
Dear eligible voters, By the time this letter is published, we will have chosen a new president to lead this angry, disillusioned, and divided nation. But regardless of the results of the election, there will be some who will have voted and others who will have abstained from voting. If you are in the former category, there is not much to say except that I hope you are happy with the outcome. But