The 21st century brought with itself a myriad of technological advancements that very few would have been able to predict. Thinking of when I was just a kid in the early 2000s, I would remain astonished after playing simple games on a bulky, thick computer. It seems like so long ago, yet less than 20 years have passed. The speed with which technology has progressed has increased dramatically, and the slope looks rather exponential, with no end in near sight. How will this end, if at all? Will humanity ever reach a limit to technology? …


Over the years of being an active participant in the world of software and technology, I have come to realize that the benefits we gain from innovation often don’t come free of cost. We now live in a modern world that is filled with computers, most of them invisible to the average person. This plethora of devices is precisely what makes our society deeply dependent on computers. Our cars use computers to interact with a variety of sensors that help maintain and control parameters such as engine temperature, brake power, and speed. Online deliveries are done using the internet and…


I first started to use Daylio in January 2019, just after my Winter break. At the time, I wanted to continue to develop an app I had initially built in my first year of university that helped users track their mood by inputting whether they were happy or sad for that day. In addition, it showed them how they were feeling in certain periods and displayed some global data of all recorded inputs.

As I was doing some research to gain ideas and inspiration, I coincidentally came across Daylio among several other mood tracking apps. It was disheartening, because I…


Over the past few years, I had been obsessed with the desire to be productive. From finishing my work on time, to getting in a workout every second day, to reading books and articles every evening, spending X time with friends and allocating Y minutes to eating, I felt happy when my life felt like a spreadsheet. It took me several years to realize I had put myself in a cage.

I started trying to create a mental model for myself just as I began my middle-school years. I was going through adolescence and those were the years in which…


For my 3B term at UW I decided to take Human-Computer Interaction as one of my Computer Science electives. I had heard a lot of mixed reviews in the past so I wasn’t sure how I would find it, but given my growing interest in product management, I decided I would give it a shot. I have to say I am surprised at how much I have been enjoying the course.

The structure of the course, when taught under our professor, Edith Law, is very different than many other CS courses. We didn’t have a midterm nor a final, and…


The University of Waterloo Act encompasses all of the duties and responsibilities that the University has with respect to its members and students. The core mission I identified regarded the objects of the University, which encapsulates “…the pursuit of learning through scholarship, teaching and research within a spirit of free inquiry and expression” (The University of Waterloo Act, 1972). I believe this accurately represents the core mission as it shows what the University cares about and prioritizes. The focus on learning is one of the most important points a university should stand behind, as it shows care towards its student…


Issue: One of the most common political topics that has been dividing people since the rise of western society is the payment, and successive distribution, of taxes to the government. The two main ideologies on the matter reflect many of their values on infrastructure, development, immigration, healthcare, national defense, etc… based on how much taxes the citizens of the country should pay. The more liberal ideology is in favor of increasing taxes to favor the less wealthy and have more goods publicly available for everyone. This may mean having free/reduced tuition, a pension plan yielding higher returns, free healthcare and…


Since the Big Bang was first theorized in 1964, our knowledge of our existence has greatly increased. The implacable thirst for knowledge that we have running deep in our veins never ends, and with it, our desire to know where we come from and why we come in first place, instead of not coming to existence at all. We are surrounded by matter everywhere we look. Even when we don’t look, and we dream instead, our minds bring us into worlds where matter is still omnipresent. Yet why is there all this matter in the first place? Why do we…


Since the beginning of time, our world has been constantly evolving and changing its structure. From a lifeless, inhabitable mass of rocks to a planet full of life of all kinds, our Earth is home to both animate and inanimate matter. Yet where does one draw the line to decide what is alive and what is not? Who decides what constitutes life? This has always been a very challenging question in my opinion, because its implications are imperative for the decisions that people make when thinking about animal cruelty, abortion, veganism, and many more topics. If we have the answer…


When thinking about life, the largest spectrum of variety can come to mind as to which questions to ask. Questions asking how things came to be, why people behave the way they do, how we feel what we feel, what our origins really are… Many of these questions don’t have definite answers to them, but that doesn’t discourage us from trying to find answers. If anything, it makes us more motivated. One of such fundamental life questions regards the nature of reality. “What does that even mean?” you may ask. Well, it delves into existence, consciousness and being, and tries…

Claudio Lener

CS student @ UWaterloo && World Traveller

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