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 Voting should be mandatory
The media and it’s portrayal of women has left a lot to be desired, according to some. There has been a lot of debate about how much of a woman’s self esteem is based on unrealistic beauty standards. Beauty pageants have been a source of contention, with one side claiming it’s empowering for women and … Read more Are beauty pageants for women empowering?
Sexism is still very much a hot button issue, even in 2020. The workforce is one of many stages this debate plays on. Men and women both feel the effects, with one side saying women are protected in the work face, maybe even too much. Level: Intermediate: B1/B2Running Time: 90 minutes + Materials included This … Read more Is corporate office culture sexist and discriminatory against women?
Sexism is still very much a hot button issue, even in 2020. Men and women both feel the effects of the debate. One side says that sexism died out in the first wave of feminism. Women gained the right to vote, to run for office, and can seek employment outside the home. Level: Intermediate: B1/B2Running … Read more Are we raising sexist sons and men?
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 TED Talk: We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads
Venice is a city that is undergoing many changes, from the effects of climate change to difficulties managing the vast numbers of tourists. Learning about the ongoing issues with Venice is an important forewarning to what many cities will be facing in the future. How these challenges are tackled is an important debating topic, as … Read more Saving Venice from Floods
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 Begging should be banned
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 Automation and AI will help society
We are living in extraordinarily rich times. Within the span of my own childhood and adulthood I’ve seen computers begin as boxes the size of a shoe box that can barely show video in 2 colours at a speed of 35 frames per second, to now being able to use VR headsets to video conference … Read more IBM Debater Project: Argue With a Machine?
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 the US Government Spies on People Who Protest — Including You
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: How to Separate Fact and Fiction Online
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: Beware Online Filter Bubbles
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: We’ve Stopped Trusting Institutions and Started Trusting Strangers
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 TED Talk: One Seed at a Time, Protecting the Future of Food
Warmer questions Do you have a sweet tooth? How many cakes and sweets do you eat each week? What are the effects of eating too much sugar? How much physical activity do you do each week? Reading section The high cost of sugar Diabetes affects more than 150 million people worldwide and that number is … Read more Can a Cure for Diabetes Be Found Through Surgery
Warmer questions What ways can a country raise capital (money) for its industries and citizens? Can you think of any countries which are able to do this successfully? What are the general benefits and drawbacks of doing this in a country? Reading section The nuts and bolts When a company owns another company in a … Read more Business: Foreign Direct Investment and Its Benefits
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 How Does Science Fiction Influence the Real World?
The last 20 years have seen a rapid change to the way we live our lives, for the better. Bringing more diverse workers into companies not only make them more representative but also allows for cognitive diversity. This means that when we have different people in a given workgroup, we allow for new ways of … Read more TED Talk: How Diversity Makes Teams More Innovative
Warmer questions When was the last time you went to a hospital? What was it like? Do you have to pay for medical treatment in your country? If you could improve public healthcare in three ways, what would you do and why? Reading section Healthcare as a human right Health care may be defined as … Read more How to Revive Free Healthcare for Everyone
The topic of geoengineering will become an increasingly popular item in the news. The chance to give humanity time to move to sustainable technologies and green energy is an opportunity that is worth taking. Sadly, there are many drawbacks and such a project on this global scale has never been done before. For geoengineering to … Read more TED Talk: Should We Create a Solar Shade to Cool the Earth?