Day 24 – Natural Selection & Survival of the Fittest

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Howdy, So I have been thinking a lot about what possible problems could be ethically unsound… My main avenue of thought has landed upon the controversial stance of survival of the fittest within modern society. Essentially, the problem I have identified is that natural selection and survival of the fittest has been dulled by the relative safety and ease of life offered by modern technology and current society. There is little incentive to gain or maintain fitness levels, it is too easy to cover all basic needs and wants and it is too easy to survive, where in nature, you would die. Essentially, these factors would, according to Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species and the theory of Natural Selection, mean that humanity is working against it’s biological advancement by making the world easier to cope with, instead of evolving to cope with it’s problems. I feel that this problem could […]

Day 26 – Survival of the Fittest – Predator

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Howdy, So I have compiled my ideas into a solution to my ethically unsound problem. I call it the predator – a quadrupedal robot that helps you to stay fit by chasing you down at the speed you set, for the time you set. If the predator catches you, it uses a front mounted low voltage stun gun to ‘encourage’ you to continue. The predator is reinforced by a mandatory government issue wrist band, which ‘ensures’ you remember to keep fit by setting a schedule based on you age and fitness level, then reinforces the schedule by using mild electric shocks, varying in severity depending on how badly you stray from the schedule… The predator would be based on the Boston Dynamics ‘Wild Cat’ prototype: My design would be to create a commercially reproduce-able government issue version of the Wild Cat with a newly designed outer casing and stun gun […]

Day 29 -IP / Field Clash

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Howdy, Well today has been fun, while I have been working on my presentation of my surprising project – Survival of the Fittest, it seems that I wont be presenting it yet. As part of our product design programme, we have been enlisted in the university’s Intensive Programme, an international 2 week module where we are going to be working together with students from other European universities to solve a social problem. Whilst this does seem like a very interesting opportunity, it has happened to clash with our presentation day and confusion was sure to set in. Essentially, I missed my first IP lecture as I was following an email that informed me that I did indeed need to go to the Llandaff campus to present my project, unfortunately I was then told that I should return to the IP lecture at Howard Gardens, despite the fact that I was […]