Artificial Intelligence and Go

In 1997, a game of chess redefined the way in which we viewed computing. Gary Kasparov, the current World Chess Champion, faced off against Deep Blue, a chess-playing computer developed by IBM. At a time when computing advances had been constant and exponential, many viewed this match as the ultimate test: Man vs machine. In fact, some went so far as to say that the future of the human race hung in the balance. But many were confident in the human ability – after all Kasparov was unbeaten, at the age of 22 he was confidently the greatest living chess player. The only problem was his opponent wasn’t living.

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Eating Disorder Awareness: Time to Act

I passed a sign this week that said 1 in 5 people at university will be affected by a mental health problem; I couldn’t shake this off for the rest of the day. I don’t know if it was the fact that it was the number 5, over the past 3 years 5 of my friends have had anorexia, or maybe it was the fact that a few hours later I got a text to say that one of my friends was going into hospital, or maybe it was the fact that it’s national eating disorder week.

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Doping in Sport- is it really an issue?

The use of performance-enhancing drugs, or doping as it is more commonly known, is becoming more widespread and more effective in the modern world in all areas of sport as technology develops. Currently possibly the sport most affected by doping is athletics. During the past few days the situation has worsened significantly as Russian athletes have been put on a provisional ban from the sport following an increase in doping tests and doping awareness as a whole within the sport. This increase in the efforts to try and prevent doping has arguably been caused by the appointment of Lord Coe as the President of the IAAF who has made his dislike of doping in athletics by going to the extent of saying that his beloved sport may not have a future if doping cannot be eliminated.

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5 Artists To Watch in 2016

Transviolet 

Transviolet are a four-piece band from L.A., consisting of Sarah McTaggart, Judah McCarthy, Michael Panek, and Jon Garcia. The electropop four piece have been described as the “moody, brooding little sister of Lana Del Rey” by Teen Vogue. Their song ‘Girls Your Age’ was promoted in a fairly spectacular way, with Harry Styles tweeting the lyrics of the song to his 25.6 million followers and Katy Perry promoting the song to her 72.5 million followers. Since then, they have been on tour with the likes of Mikky Ekko and Twenty One Pilots, and their debut album is expected to be released in 2016.

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Bowie: is any tribute good enough?

In the recent months of David Bowie’s death (January 10th) many artists have paid tribute to him. Friends and fans have gathered on social media to grieve for the loss of such an awesome artist. Madonna, Annie Lennox and Iggy Pop were just a few among many stars who spoke out on the loss of Bowie. Two of the tributes most often compared have been Lady Gaga’s Grammy medley, and Lorde’s cover of “Life on Mars?”.

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Looking Up

 

In an interview last year, actor Chris Pratt, stated that to fight the objectification of women in the Film industry was to ‘Not objectify women less, but objectify men just as often as we objectify women.’ However Pratt has not realised male characters in Film, amongst other role models, have been objectified to something for a very long time: Gender stereotypes. And there have been no benefits.

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Kanye West: A Study in Egomania

In today’s society there is no escaping the infamous Kanye West and his polarizing antics. He has always attracted public scrutiny for his actions in the past with his, perhaps most criticised and memorable act of infamy being his interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the 2009 VMA’s. This prompted outrage in the media and even President Barack Obama weighed in on the incident, labelling him ‘a jackass.’ However it could be argued that as of late, he has reached new levels of shocking and baffling idiocy.

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Why did God allow the Holocaust?

The Holocaust was a horrendous experience, one should be remembered and never forgotten. So why did God – a being who is omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent – permit this evil to occur? Why do people worship a God who allowed this evil which claimed so many innocent lives? In this article, I will explain why God might have allowed this disastrous ordeal.

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