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IBM Debater Project: Argue With a Machine?

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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 …

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

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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 …

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TED Talk: How to Separate Fact and Fiction Online

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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 …

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TED Talk: Beware Online Filter Bubbles

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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 …

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

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Can a Cure for Diabetes Be Found Through Surgery

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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 …

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Business: Foreign Direct Investment and Its Benefits

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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 …

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How Does Science Fiction Influence the Real World?

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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 …

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TED Talk: How Diversity Makes Teams More Innovative

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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 …

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How to Revive Free Healthcare for Everyone

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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 …

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TED Talk: Should We Create a Solar Shade to Cool the Earth?

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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 …

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Business: Corporate Social Responsibility at the Saïd Business School

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Warmer questions Should companies be more involved in how society is run more fairly? Is it possible for companies to make society better? If companies are …

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TED Talk: The Era of Personal DNA Testing Is Here

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The pros and cons of DNA testing is not yet clear. How doctors, consumers, governments, and DNA testing companies (like 23 and me) come to an …

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Business: Mercer’s View on Crowdsourcing and the Gig Economy

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Warmer questions How many hours per week do you work? Would you want more flexible hours? Have you ever considered working part-time or to change the …

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Could There Ever Be Another World War?

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Warmer questions Why do nations fight in wars? Would you ever sign up to join the military to defend your country? Is the world now more …

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Business: How Smart Is Today’s Artificial Intelligence?

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Warmer questions How would you define “smartness”? Is there such a thing as multiple types of intelligence? When was the last time you interacted with a …

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Business: The Big Debate on the Future of Work

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Warmer questions When was the last time you took a taxi or cab? How much is too much to pay for someone who drives you to …

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8 Ways Trump Argues With People

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Who is Donald and how we got here Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, has been making the headlines on a regular basis. …

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Business: JP Morgan’s Perspective on the Development of Islamic Finance

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Warmer questions When you save money or invest do you have a preference for ethical investments? Is it possible to make money and still follow religious …