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What are the universal truths in life?

“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” — Benjamin Franklin

That’s pretty funny (I’m laughing right now), but when you think about it, while being kind of comical, Benjamin Franklin was pretty correct in his assessment.

Well, sort of.

I mean, I don’t think taxes have been around for a crazy long amount of time, so taxes may be a certainty now, but certainly not in 480 BCE Nepal. Due to this fact, taxes (at least in the modern sense of the word) were certainly not a thing when The Guatama Buddha embarked on his journey to enlightenment. …


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Atarxia. Sounds like a made-up word right? Well, I assure you that it is not. Rather, it is an Ancient Greek phrase for a state of tranquility. Ataraxia is one of the main ideas that the philosopher Epicurus concerned himself with back around 300 BC. Epicurus thought that the one goal in any individuals life was to achieve this state of Ataraxia, and throughout this article, I’m going to talk about why he thought this, and some of my own thoughts on these teachings.

Let’s back up for a minute, but I promise you we’ll come back to this. Before we talk about Ataraxia, we first have to talk about what Epicurus thought about truth. …


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After reflecting on the philosophical ideas of Socrates in the article I wrote last week, it was only natural to dive into the philosophy of one of Socrates’ most notable students for this next article.

Born in 429 BC, Plato was an Ancient Greek Philosopher who studied under and collaborated with Socrates. Because Socrates didn’t write down any of his philosophical ideas, it was Plato’s writings that helped to convey a lot of Socrates’ thoughts. Through his written works, Plato was able to frame his own and Socrates’ philosophy as discussions between Socrates, himself, and many other notable philosophers of the time. …


Recently, I have been reflecting on the philosophical ideas of Socrates. Initially, I thought it would be super difficult to actually relate to the ideas of a guy that has been dead for thousands of years, but as it turns out, that was not the case. Through reading more about Socrates’ life and his beliefs, I became more and more astounded by the timelessness of philosophical ideas, and how the discussions that Socrates had in Ancient Greece with his pupils are still so applicable to how I live my life as a Canadian teenager in the 21st century.

Who Was Socrates?


Originally published on my Quora blog

For a bit of context, I’m currently diving into an area of quantum computing known as topological quantum computing, which involves the braiding of world-lines of non-Abelian anyons in order to perform computation. In order to understand this concept of braiding, one must understand some basic knot theory, so that is what I am going to discuss in this short blog post! It is important to note that I am just beginning to explore knot theory, so my knowledge is practically non-existent at this point, but nonetheless, I thought it would be fun to share some interesting concepts that I have come across so far! (P.S. …


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Robots can do some pretty amazing things. Just look at what Boston Dynamics is doing. They are essentially making robots that can mimic a lot of the physiological actions that the human body is capable of doing, like running or jumping. Robots already have applications in such a wide range of fields in many different industries. They have changed and will change the way that we live our lives, and ultimately, they have the capacity to make the world a much better place.

One of the main uses of robots is gathering data. Whether it is a robot that patrols a server farm to make sure that all of the hardware is working on full capacity, to robots that are used to diffuse bombs in combat situations, these robots all need to use sensors to better help themselves and humans controlling them understand their environment. A lot of the time, this data has to be sent back in real-time to be viewed to humans. Take the Mars Rover for example. It is equipped with countless instruments all used to take in data about its surroundings and send it back to NASA, using an ultra-high frequency antenna built onto the robot (the Curiosity rover has 17 cameras alone, not to mention all the other sensors). …


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Note: This article was written jointly by Tanisha Bassan and Jack Ceroni

Haven’t you heard of quantum computers before?! It’s a shame because THEY ARE THE COOLEST THING EVER, honestly better than sliced bread or the person who created chocolate. He was definitely an important man, I wouldn’t be here without chocolate helping me get through all my emotional drama. *Sigh* Anyways, everyone should buy a quantum computer because they are going to solve all your problems…just kidding, don’t buy into the buzzwords. They can help solve some really important problems but the applications are very specific and we still have a lot of work to do to find out where quantum computers are more advantageous than classical computers (Spoiler alert : this is what this whole article is about haha).


Impact.

That is the word that I have been repeating to myself for the past several months.

A while back, I started feeling pretty existential. I asked myself: “I have a very short amount of time to live on this Earth, so what exactly is the point of my existence”? Death is a part of life, and we all have to grapple with the reality that one day, we will die.

I felt pretty awful, thinking that my existence had no point, but then (after a lot of late-late-night philosophical research) I came across people who told one to consider people like Beethoven, like Einstein. Why is it that we still remember the names of two German men, both of whom are no longer alive? Because of the mark that they left behind on the world. …


Note: If you are interested in the complete code for this project, click here.

Despite your personal feelings towards math, I think it’s safe to say that addition is a fairly important thing.

To come to think of it, addition is a bit more than just “fairly” important. I’m quite certain that I use addition every day of my life, and you probably do too! In fact, by using addition so much, we’ve become pretty good at it. Despite this, certain addition problems are too big for us stupid humans to solve. Luckily, despite being stupid, humans are pretty smart. We have made machines that can do addition for us! …


We all utilize computers on a daily basis. Whether it is the phone in our pocket, the laptop sitting on our desk or even the calculator that we use at work and school, computers have forever changed the way that humans interact with and process data. Quantum computers are the latest revolution on the world of computation, and in the next several decades, I believe that they will make as large an impact on the world as the first classical computers did many years ago.

Classical Computation

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“person using silver laptop computer on desk” by John Schnobrich on Unsplash

Classical computers are the computers that we use in our everyday lives. These classical computers need to process and store data in order to function, and to do this, they compute data in a format know as bits. Bits are essentially the fundamental unit of information within a classical computational system. Bits exist in a binary state, meaning that they assume one out of two possible states. Usually, we refer to these states of 0 and 1, but they could be anything we want (on and off, true and false, cat and fish, etc.), the important thing is that a bit represents one out of two possible states. …

Jack Ceroni

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