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
Mr Jeon is a celebrity in the Korean startup scene in his own right; he not only is the CEO of a massively successful business that launched several domestic Online to Offline (O2O) dining platforms, but also has been the mentor and judge in a KBS startup reality show. On top of that, he used to be a TV anchor on Maeil Business News, produced various independent films and published a book. Upon hi
Just before the Oscars, movie fans were stunned to learn of the sudden death of the beloved actor Bill Paxton. According to a statement the 61-year-old’s family made, he died due to complications from heart surgery. Bill Paxton was the star of some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters from the 1980s and 1990s. In the starring role in the cutting edge 1996 film The Twister, he drove us throu
Ahacker, presumably from China, has managed to get their hands on personal information from Goodchoice, a famous accommodation website with more than 3 million members, on March 23. The victims received emails from the hacker that included sexually offensive messages. WithInnovation, the parent company of Goodchoice, has yet managed to figure out the exact number of victims. The hacker is blackmai
Every day, the School of Humanities and Social Science Building gets flooded with students of all ages and majors. Courses held here are electives, dealing with a variety of topics on the arts and humanities. In any other school, such a building would not stand out. Here at KAIST, however, the structure stands out like an imposter amidst others with more technical names. As a matter of fact, as th
What instills the intrinsic realization that you are you? It is the age-old philosophical question of what makes consciousness and the concept of self. Regarding this entire concept I am dealing with here, there is a deeper foundational and intrinsic feeling that we all share; this conscious realization that we are all unique as existential beings, confined to our own physical container, unable to
University rankings have become a staple in many students’ academic paths, mainly helping high schoolers choose the perfect university. There is a wide variety of rankings and some are indeed useful, but the most accessible and prominent ones seem to suffer from fatal flaws that should force them into irrelevance. But the opposite seems to be happening as many universities seek to promote th