Daniel is a first-year student in the College of Liberal Arts at Tufts University. Daniel can be reached at daniel.l[email protected]

The Echo Chamber: On artificial intelligence

“Forget everything you think you know,” said every bad sci-fi movie trailer ever. From Skynet to Sonny to Scarlett Johansson, artificial intelligence (AI) has taken on many forms in pop culture, but almost every one of them has been wrong. Today, AI exists in almost every aspect of our lives, from Facebook and its advertising […]

The Echo Chamber: On the two party system

Candidates from more than six political parties ran in the 2016 presidential election. Odds are you’ve only heard of two, maybe four of them. Our electoral system is not inherently a two party system — no Democrats or Republicans are ordained in the Constitution. But under our rules, parties must consolidate or die. No electoral system […]

The Echo Chamber: On the Electoral College

Hillary Clinton is the fifth presidential candidate in American history to have won the popular vote but lose the election. This is due to the Electoral College, a system that many see as a slight toward democracy and a sign of its brokenness in America. But are those feelings justified? Is the system truly broken? […]

The Echo Chamber: Are election seasons too long?

We made it. Twenty months ago, on March 23, 2015, Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for the Republican Party. As of last night, the next president of the United States has been elected (Surprise! It’s not Ted Cruz). In December 2015, 11 months ago and a mere nine months into the 2016 election, a report from […]

The Echo Chamber: On recycling

The average American produces 4.3 pounds of waste per day. Thirty-four percent of our total waste is recycled, up from 16 percent in 1990. Germans blow us out of the water, recycling or composting over 60 percent of their municipal waste, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. But still, in 2013, the U.S. saved 87.2 million tons […]

The Echo Chamber: Is college worth it?

We’ve tackled the costs of college and the merits of a vocational education, but we haven’t yet tackled the big question — is college even worth it in the first place? To find out, let’s take a step outside The Echo Chamber. For many, college has always been the obvious choice — almost 70 percent of U.S. high school […]

The Echo Chamber: On Snowden

Edward Snowden, definition: Hero? Traitor? Whistleblower? What has made the name so controversial? And what did the 33-year-old former NSA contractor really do? To find out, let’s take a step outside The Echo Chamber. Snowden stole over 1.5 million documents while working as a private NSA contractor.  He leaked selected files to The Guardian in 2012 and to The Washington Post in […]

The Echo Chamber: On vocational school

Most of us at Tufts went to a “regular high school.” We read books we didn’t like, dabbled in sciences we couldn’t stand and sat through agonizingly painful language classes. We were told not to worry, that the boring stuff was all part of the process and that come college, we’d be able to study whatever […]

The Echo Chamber: On GMOs

The Flavr Savr tomato became the first FDA-approved genetically-modified food in 1994. While the product itself flopped, it opened a market that’s been growing ever since. According to the Department of Agriculture, over 90 percent of the corn, cotton and soybeans grown in the U.S. in 2014 were genetically modified. But what exactly are genetically modified organisms […]

The Echo Chamber: Universal free college, a good thing?

Two hundred years ago, the Industrial Revolution forced massive changes upon the global economy. Education followed suit, with new jobs and technologies requiring a more educated workforce. Now, in the midst of the Internet Revolution, many believe a similar shift is occurring, one where high school isn’t enough and a college education is necessary. But even […]

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