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IThink Issue 24

The iThink magazine is a most interesting read to boost the language and critical thinking skills of the upper-secondary students, (and high-ability lower-secondary students). With an engaging mix of thought-provoking articles and lighter stimulating reads, iThink is the one-stop solution to making reading both a leisure and an intellectual pleasure to students. iThink symbolizes the magazine's focus on critical thinking by adopting the thematic model. iThink was nominated Best Educational Title in 2016 and 2018 by Singapore Book Awards 2016 and 2018.

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https://goo.gl/4by2rv Dear Student, We trust that you have enjoyed reading ‘iThink’. In order to continue creating relevant and quality content for you, we would like to hear from you on how we can further improve our publication. We are giving away a mystery gift for each completed survey. Kindly email jennylee@ilovereading.sg and indicate your mailing address, and the mystery gift will be on its way to you! LET US HEAR FROM YOU! We are always eager to find out what you like about our magazine and what we can do to further improve. Just email us at editor@ilovereading.sg and speak your mind. How would you like to see your writing published in this magazine? Do send us your work. We pay for your essays! ESSAYS ($20 EACH) MODEL ME > Do you have an essay that you think is…

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editor's note

Dear Reader, The year is 2054. In this new world, murderers are convicted even before they commit their crime; billboards scream out your name as you walk through the city; and people travel in glass-domed driverless cars. These are all elements of the 2002 Hollywood film, ‘Minority Report’, which excited many viewers with its futuristic predictions then. Today, almost all three predictions have come true, thanks to artificial intelligence or AI. What AI does is, use huge amounts of relevant data to recognise patterns, for example, patterns in human behaviour. Thus with AI, it is possible to predict the probability of future crimes committed by analysing huge amounts of data on the profiles of people. This method, though ground-breaking, is not without some serious problems (Trusting AI: A Wise Move? pages 30-33). Then…

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recently, a robot called sophia was granted citizenship in saudi arabia. should robots be given the same rights as humans in the future?

Star Wars fans would be familiar with the amicable relationship between humans and droids in the movies. In the movie, ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’, Donald Glover who acted as Lando Calrissian, risked his life to rescue his co-pilot, a female droid L3-37 who was blasted in the land of Kessel. In non-reel life, a humanoid robot, Sophia, has recently been granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia. Increasingly, people are primed to see robots as beyond mere scraps of metal and plastics and instead as resembling humans. Given this phenomenon, I believe it is necessary to consider giving robots certain rights humans enjoy. Experts have argued that since robots have now acquired human-like qualities, it is appropriate to consider if they should have rights just as humans. Sophia, the humanoid who has…

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recently, a robot called sophia was granted citizenship in saudi arabia. should robots be given the same rights as humans in the future?

The world we live in today experiences many rapid changes which we could have only imagined decades ago. One area which has seen major advancement is technology and the ways in which it features in the daily lives of people. The use of robot waiters in some restaurants is but one example of how artificial intelligence has gained a strong 1foothold in our lives. The extensive use and perhaps increasing reliance on devices which function using artificial intelligence lead to a 2pertinent question – should robots be given the same rights as humans in the future? I believe that robots should not be given the same rights as humans, even in the future. This is because robots are unlikely to be completely sentient and self-aware. They may also still not…

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soundtrack of my life

In our hyper-connected digital world, music streaming has made it possible for me to enjoy music anytime, anywhere. Gone are the days of lugging cumbersome vinyl records by the crate-load, or chucking flimsy plastic discs into my bag, just to listen to my favourite tunes on the go. With Spotify, I have the world’s greatest library of online music quite literally at my fingertips. However, I sometimes face the conundrum of being spoilt for choice: there is so much music out there, and yet one only has that much time. By utilising artificial intelligence (AI) to provide a custom-tailored listening experience, Spotify becomes more than just a jukebox in the clouds; it also acts as my own personal disc jockey (DJ). SAMRT SPOTIFY is more than just a jukebox. The soaring, shimmering…

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keeping tabson ai

Do we keep the chains on AI? Artificial intelligence (AI) is a double-edged sword that brings both risks and rewards to humanity. The potential of AI to revolutionise our way of life remains both exciting and terrifying at the same time, and makes us wonder if AI should be left to its own devices or be kept in check. Given the 1multitudinous contributions that AI has made in myriad fields such as in medicine and corporate processes, many AI enthusiasts 2decry the idea of regulating the research and development of AI as a fundamental technology. In their view, such regulation will fetter innovation and introduce unnecessary compliance costs to the production of useful AI-infused products. Furthermore, one wonders whether it is even possible to actively regulate a research area that is indefinite…