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Humans underestimate the power of vision. A lot more goes on than what meets the “eye” (get it?)

A closeup of a brown eye.
Photo by Patrick Brinksma on Unsplash

Okay, ignoring that horrendous pun.

Humans are able to see from birth, so we often take it for granted. Trying to teach a machine to see from scratch, however, is a whole other ballpark. But first, what even is “seeing” in the first place? I’ve broken down true vision in three parts:

  1. Being able to physically “see” the object in front of you
  2. Understanding and recognizing what it is
  3. Being able to respond to it

In humans, this process corresponds to our…

For all the HTML and CSS web developers!

A hilarious and iconic website. Yes, it’s real:

Perhaps you’re building a website from scratch. Or if you’re a real pro (or lazy, like me), you’re using a template. Either way, here are my tips and tricks to improve your website design and increase its professionalism by 10x.

1. Use “target = “_blank”.

You know when you click on a link in a website and it opens in the same tab, causing you to have to go back to your old window?

It’s my absolute pet peeve, and now I open all my links in a new window out of constant fear.

Why put your website viewers through that? Simply add “target =…

From an overthinker who’s overthinking while writing this.

Overthinker → one who looks too deeply into any situation, and often overanalyzes everything.

Some commonalities include:

  • Restless nights because your brain won’t stop thinking
  • Reliving the past
  • “Perfectionist” is your middle name
  • One-word replies are a death trap

… And much more. (Totally not based on personal experience.)

Please note that overthinking is different from legitimate problem-solving and healthy self-reflection. Overthinking is excessive contemplation to the point of increased anxiety and stress.

After all, it’s hard enough to train humans soft skills.

Photo by Lenin Estrada on Unsplash

Meet WALL-E, from the movie (surprise) WALL-E. He was built to collect trash on Earth, but he’s much more than that — he keeps souvenirs, plays with anything that catches his interest, and loves EVE, a probe.

Throughout the movie, both WALL-E and Eve showcase their personality and various “soft skills”. The two demonstrate great communication, empathy towards each other, and even sacrifice.

But is it possible for robots to do this in real life? To emulate the same kind of kindness and compassion that even humans struggle to do?

Unfortunately, the reality is that getting robots to this level…

“No, where are you really from?”

Art Credits to Chung-Yun Yoo

We’ve all heard them before. The subtlest statements that continue to perpetuate the implicit biases we have towards people, based on their ethnicity, sexuality, etc.

So then, what’s the best way to combat this and prevent it from happening? First, let’s start with the basics.

What are Microaggressions?

Microaggressions — “the everyday slights, indignities, put-downs, and insults that people of color, women, LGBT populations, or those who are marginalized experiences in their day-to-day interactions with people.”

There are three types of microaggressions:

  1. Microassaults — the most overt form of microaggression where one blatantly behaves in discriminatory ways unintentionally (ex. saying “that’s so gay!”)

OpenMeal on helping local restaurants impacted by COVID-19, how to build a startup, and the cultural pride between Asians and food.

From Left to Right: Iris Guo, Jeson Lee, Amy Zhou is an online platform that supports struggling business owners and those who are now unemployed and food-insecure by providing them meal credits to local restaurants, which are backed by donations.

I sat down with some of the OpenMeal team to discuss their experiences.

Tell us the story behind OpenMeal.

Jeson: When we were on lockdown at home, we saw the news about how Chinese restaurants are being vandalized and racism was becoming more explicit. There were reports about how local Bay Area businesses were being affected, even closing permanently.

It struck us as the time to use our skills to build something that could be…

From empowerment to self-love, you name it!

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I haven’t worked with guys in over four years. I attend an all-girls high school and work at an all-girls tech program. Pretty much all of my friends are girls.

So, when I first stepped into The Knowledge Society (TKS), a human-accelerator program designed to teach teenagers about emerging technologies, I couldn’t help but think, “Wow, boys actually do exist!”

Despite the gender ratio of the actual STEM industry, the gender ratio at TKS is pretty good. …

Are you content or just being complacent?

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What kind of life are people content with? Well, picture this.

You have a family with two kids, a nice suburban house, and a steady 9 to 5 job. Family dinners filled with laughter, hanging out with friends after work and maybe watching your favorite movie on the weekends.

Don’t be mistaken, this life is also filled with its ups-and-downs — a fight with your kids, a bad day at work, etc. Yet, you wouldn’t trade it for the world.

To me, this is the stereotypical idea of contentment. This might be your idea of contentment.

And that’s perfectly fine…

Dominican Academy’s AP Biology class celebrating February 12 at the UN!

A class photo together with Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite!

“We celebrate the achievements of women, known and unknown, remembered and forgotten, who have forged the way for those of us in science today, and to give an opportunity for children: girls and boys, to choose role models in science.”

— Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite

Five years ago, Dr. Nisreen led the UN General Assembly in proclaiming February 11th as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

This year, our AP Biology class had the chance to attend the assembly! This was only thanks to our teacher, Dr. Serpagli, who co-wrote a chapter in the book February 11…

Learn how it spreads, the science behind it, and potential solutions.

A visualization of the coronavirus.

I was born in Wuhan, China, but I now live in Canada. I learnt about most of what was happening through reading the news, similar to everyone else. It really hit me that these are real, normal, innocent people who are dying when my grandmother started crying as she told me her best friend had passed away after getting COVID-19, within ten days of the first symptoms showing. There were not enough hospital beds, and her son wasn’t able to get her admitted in time.

Charles C. Y. Xu, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

This is just one story of…

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