Reflections on Ethics Discussion by Chase Costner

I enjoyed getting to know a bit more about the backgrounds of my classmates through their ethics discussions. I've had classes with many of them over the years, but never had a chance to get to know all of them. My favorite part, though, was the conversations that came from the questions asked at the end of every presentation. It was pretty neat that we didn't have a format, yet one arose naturally, and everyone made great arguments/counterarguments.

I'm looking forward to future debates around computer science because there's a lot happening in the news surrounding cybersecurity and the handling of user data, and I'm curious to learn more.

Also, here's a link to the podcast episode I mentioned: https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/playing-god/

Introduction by Chase Costner

My best in-class computing experience was probably in Systems 2, when we did the "hacking" labs. A lot of concepts around data security and code optimization started to make a lot more sense, and the problems were satisfying puzzles to solve. I was also fascinated by the idea of injecting code through a text box, and gained more appreciation for cybersecurity.

My favorite outside-of-class computing experience was when I figured out a way to make non-euclidean spaces in Unity 3D. There wasn't a whole lot of documentation on this around the time, so I had to figure everything out from scratch. Basically, I wanted to make a Tardis (from Dr. Who) that was bigger on the inside, and allow the played to seamlessly enter/exit the space. I learned a lot about how spaces are rendered, and the project was a success!

 

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