Does Playing Violent Video Games Lead To Rise in Physical Aggression

Violence based video games have been on the rise for the last couple of decades. From mutilations to combat and even zombies, the variety of violence in video games has not been limited at all. With the players mostly being young people, most parents have always been worried about the effect these video games have on their children. Apart from reduced social interaction, it seems playing violent video games has a strong effect on a child’s aggressive tendencies.

A meta-analysis carried out by Dartmouth researchers supported the claim that indeed violent video games cause increased physical aggression amongst children and youths. The study that involved participants of different age sets from year 9-19 showed that with time video game players begin to become aggressive. The physical aggression varies from school fights, bullying and being sent to the principal’s office due to aggressive incidents.

However, physical aggression may vary according to races. The researchers discovered that the rise in aggressiveness was most notable in whites and Asians. Hispanics showed no physical aggression as a result of violent video games. This was attributed to the empathy levels of the various ethnic groups. Hispanics are more empathic towards the victims of violence as compared to whites and Asians.

Though critics argue against the likelihood of a video game causing a change in attitude or behavior in a person it is worth noting that there are more findings that suggest their argument is flawed. As children advance in age and consequently advance in the levels of violence in their video games, they become more likely to become physically aggressive.






Machine learning system to eliminate the ‘fake news’ dilemma

With the numerous sources of information available to us lately-each one reporting a different version of the same event/ story, telling the truth from false has never been more challenging. Also, the tendency of people to brandish anything that doesn’t suit their interests as ‘fake news’ only makes the situation worse.

For the fact-checking community, this has been a period of crisis. Sites such as Snopes and Politifact have conventionally concentrated on particular claims, which is commendable but tiresome; since by the time they complete the verification process, the information has already spread all over the world.

Likewise, social media companies have made rigorous attempts to limit the spread of misinformation and propaganda but have gotten mixed results so far.  For one, Facebook plans on hiring 20, 000 human moderators by year-end and is investing several million on the development of its fake news identifying algorithms.

Researchers from Qatar computing research institute and MIT’s computer science and artificial intelligence Lab have an alternative solution- they believe that to eliminate fake news; efforts should be directed towards the news sources and not individual claims. It is on the same note that they showcased a new system that utilizes machine learning to establish whether a news source is accurate or prejudiced.

Any site that has shared inaccurate information is bound to do it again. The idea is to prevent this from happening at all. Therefore, the system automatically scraps information about these Websites and determines the ones that are likely to do so. According to RamyBaly, the system’s lead author, it requires approximately 150 articles to determine whether a particular site is reliable or not accurately.







Is This Good Career Choice?

Computer science is becoming more popular as a choice of career. The digital age is here and if you don’t adapt you will be left behind. Choosing math/computer science as your career is a wise choice. Everything in life is reliant on some kind of gadget or another. Without computer scientists, these would not exist. Computers are used in all industries, all over the world. Becoming a computer scientist will open doors for you that were closed before. Opportunities to travel and learn. The earning potential of such a career is quite lucrative. Besides all those benefits, wouldn’t it be fantastic to say you were involved in designing the next best application to hit the market?

What You Don’t See

Math/Computer Science is the study of computational systems and computers. These kinds of scientist are not interested in the part that you can see, they are more involved with what you don’t. Software systems and software is what they focus on. A computer scientist is tasked with the theory behind the software, designing and developing new software and of course the application at the end of it all. Math/computer science allows the scientist to analyze and design algorithms in order to solve complex problems with both hardware and software. It is vital to have a broad grasp of number and Math to succeed in the field.