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Do Androids Dream of Gainful Employment?

The Future of Work (and Engineering) in an Automated World By Nick Brunt While dreaming up the future of humanity’s relationship with technology in the 1940s, influential science fiction writer Isaac Asimov imagined the famous “Three Laws of Robotics”, a comprehensive set of rules designed to prevent any possible conflict between man and his ever-advancing

Holiday 2017 Movie Review

By Desmond Reynolds   I was originally intending on writing a preview for the upcoming Academy Awards, but then I realized I, like the average filmgoer, haven’t seen the vast majority of any of the nominated films. Instead, I’ll be discussing here the Oscar-worthy, the mediocre, and the bad of the movies I did get

Hey Siri, Why Don’t I Use You?

By Alexandre Darche Visual by Marine Derone Most people I know don’t use the Siri or Google Assistant feature on their phones, and they should. Just this month, Microsoft invested in both McGill and Université de Montréal to help develop their artificial intelligence (AI) research labs. Other tech giants like Apple, IBM and Google are

Ringing in the New Year with E-Week: A Unique Perspective

By Fariha Hassan   A lot of you might have noticed a different vibe in the engineering buildings after coming back from your well-deserved break. You can almost feel the excitement, the adrenaline, the tension and the hype radiating off some of our engineering students. If you have seen students wearing different coloured Pirate of

The Better Semester

By Jacob Owen Sawyer   A new year has begun, and with it an entirely new semester. After an all-too-brief winter break, classes have inevitably started once again. Syllabi have been read and ignored, and the first samosas of a new term have been sold. While many may have mixed feelings about the start of

Gaming for a Cause

By Alexandre Darche   While many of us spent the second week of January participating in E-Week (congratulations Mech), Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) was taking place in Virginia for its 7th installation. E-Sport teams keep showing up in the news for their impressive revenues and their acquisitions by NBA teams. However, AGDQ is a

Students compete in McGill Engineering Competition

By Nick Brunt   The 17th annual McGill Engineering Competition (MEC) was held the weekend of November 4-6 in the Lorne M. Trottier Building. This year’s edition of the interdisciplinary engineering event saw 122 students competing in seven categories over the course of the weekend, each with its own rules and guidelines designed to test

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