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Grounded: The Boeing 737 MAX 8 Situation Recapped

By Celia Hameury It all began on October 29th, 2018, when the first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft crashed in the Java sea, 12 minutes after taking off from Jakarta. A total of 189 people were killed, including the Lion Air crew. As the deadliest airplane accident in Lion Air history and the second deadliest

McGill TechFair: An Honest Review

By Marie-Lynn Mansour On February 6th and 7th, a variety of companies, both big and small, set up their booths for the McGill TechFair. Hundreds of students attended, dressed their best, resumes in hand, waiting in line to talk to one of the dozens of company representatives present at the semi-annual event. Every semester at

Google AI Impact challenge: Building a better future

By Imane Chafi   Do you believe that AI could revolutionize the world? Do you have an idea that could help societies by providing social good to those in need? The Google AI impact challenge is the challenge of a lifetime for involved individuals and organizations that have the wellness of others at heart. Artificial

Surviving the Future

by Brenda and Kenji     As we look to the future, there are some big picture issues to mull over. As we exhaust the Earth’s resources, two questions naturally arise. Firstly, what can we do to sustain life on Earth? Secondly, will we be able to colonize other planets? We did some research to provide

Research Spotlight: Of Mice and Men

By Brenda Shen Every year, millions of dollars in funding go towards labs at McGill to further research in a variety of sectors. While many students encounter professors on a daily basis, many of us are unaware of the cutting-edge research that occurs at our university. Each issue, the Plumber’s Ledger will spotlight a research

Blockchain Basics

By Philip Kwak The Blockchain was first conceptualized and developed by Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin. Bitcoin was the first implementation of this type of data structure, and since its inception, Bitcoin has inspired a revolution in how people think about data storage and network integrity. Since the birth of Blockchain, the sheer volume

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

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

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

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