Voting should be mandatory

With an increasingly violate political climate, the case can be made that voting should be mandatory. There are points to both sides. One side believes that a country is only as strong as it’s citizens. That means they participate in the government on both a local and federal level. Level: Intermediate: B1/B2Running Time: 90 minutes … Read more

TED Talk: We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

The benefits and opportunities of machine learning (ML) algorithms translate to pioneering applications that can improve the way processes and tasks are completed. There are different ways to develop and use a machine learning system, so the benefits of a ML system are thus dependent on the way it is used for a particular purpose. … Read more

Begging should be banned

With the economy getting as low as it is, and people losing their jobs, some people have turned to begging in order to make enough. However, they are not the only ones doing this, some pretend to be poor in order to make a specific amount of money each day for doing otherwise nothing. So, … Read more

Automation and AI will help society

Automation is when we take something that otherwise is done by humans, such as driving and make them automated. AI is Artificial Intelligence, which means technology that is becoming as smart, or smarter, than humans. These together can alter society in many ways, either for better or for worse. Level: Intermediate: B1/B2 Running Time: 90 … Read more

TED Talk: How the US Government Spies on People Who Protest — Including You

How the US government spies on people who protest -- including you | Jennifer Granick

Governments should protect individuals so they are not persecuted for their beliefs, lifestyle or sexual orientation. To this end, privacy is a must. While some supporters would argue that mass-surveillance programmes help in the fight against criminals and make the world safer, some detractors argue that –on the pretext of stopping terrorist attacks− some government … Read more

TED Talk: How to Separate Fact and Fiction Online

ted talk. how to tell fact from fiction online

Individual motivations for reading online news are certainly varied. The information posted online carries the imminent possibility of being false or incorrectly analysed. Hence, determining the truthfulness of online resources is a vital aspect to make the most out of the information we find on the news online. However, it remains an incontestable fact that, … Read more

TED Talk: Beware Online Filter Bubbles

Eli Pariser | TED2011 Beware online "filter bubbles"

Internet and tech companies are responsible for the filtering and personalisation of web results, determining how online users discover and act on information. There are many advantages that can be taken from web content personalisation. Relevance, speediness, and customisation can be included among them. However, it can be argued that the personalisation of web content … Read more

TED Talk: We’ve Stopped Trusting Institutions and Started Trusting Strangers

We’ve Stopped Trusting Institutions and Started Trusting Stranger

Trust is an essential trait of all human relationships. It is, furthermore, the foundation around which all human relationships coexist. The necessity for trust derives from our interdependence with other individuals. Thus, it is safe to think that people will generally do their best to comply with their civic obligations. Although our trust may have … Read more

TED Talk: One Seed at a Time, Protecting the Future of Food

food security debate

The world’s environment is changing quickly but the ability of nature to adapt is far too slow. Taking precautions to ensure food security is a prudent step to safeguard the lives of many millions of people around the globe. What is also desperately needed to work alongside this effort is to reverse the current trend … Read more

How Does Science Fiction Influence the Real World?

how does science fiction influence reality

Warmer questions  Have you seen any sci-fi films or tv shows? What are your favourites and why? Can you describe any futuristic technology that you’ve seen in these shows? Are they realistic? Could they become reality one day? Do you feel that modern technology, like being able to have video calls with multiple people from … Read more