Virtual Reality

Big Brother and Black Boxes: Uncovering Human Bias in Automated Inventions

Melody Chen investigates the unforeseen, and often unnoticed, human biases that have wormed their way into today's AI.
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No, I’m Not Mad At You.

Talia Smith examines the gendered emotional expression of exclamation points (or lack thereof).
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I Have a Digital Bridge To Sell You

Blake McQuilkin discusses the newest nonsense to grace our digital landscape: NFTs.
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Black Beauty and Fashion Creators on Digital Platforms

Robyn Violanda explores the contributions and lack of recognition for Black content creators on social media platforms like TikTok.
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Return to Virtual Learning: Reflections From the Opinion Staff

The Opinion Staff reflects on another quarter of virtual learning.
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Why Isn’t UCSB Verified on Instagram?

Reese Coblentz argues that verifying UC Santa Barbara on Instagram is more important than you might think.
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Siri and Shopping Carts

Toni Shindler-Ruberg unpacks the trend of gendered artificial intelligence and its implications of automatically conflating femininity with servitude.
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Killing the “Final Girl”

Katie Caracciolo explores the "Final Girl" trope in horror movies, delving into the past and recent representation of women in the genre.
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The Death of Physical Media

Min Seo Riu unpacks the rise of streaming services and resulting decline of physical media.
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Artificial Intelligence: The Terminator of Truth

Brian Byrne explores some of the misconceptions about and true dangers of artificial intelligence.
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Why Stream When You Can Use 123Movies?

Christine Tu expresses her frustration with the overabundance of less-than-ideal streaming services.
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Argument in the Office: Social Media — Addiction or Activism?

Nathan Lee and Liliana Ma scroll through the pros and cons of social media's widening virtual grasp.
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The Most Disappointing Game of 2020 is Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Christine Tu discusses her frustration with Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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Frankenstein’s Monster Has Nothing On the Internet

Kiana Perez-Granados unpacks the detrimental consequences of this era's scariest behemoth — the internet.
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Haiyaa — Uncle Roger Is Pretty Funny

Christine Tu explores the Youtube content of Mr. Roger and his unwavering support for MSG.
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