ProjectX: a research event hosted by Artificial Intelligence at UofT

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Many of us have witnessed a change in our behaviour and lifestyle throughout the pandemic. Instead of going outside to enjoy the weather, we have been domiciled to our rooms due to social distancing restrictions. As a result, most of us have begun to rely upon technology as our primary form of entertainment. Statistics definitely indicate this drastic change, as video-sharing app TikTok passed more than two billion downloads and e-commerce sales doubled compared to last year’s quarter.

As internet usage and social media have become more popular, technology companies and student clubs are now focusing on the concept of a “circular economy.” This new approach combines both aspects of technology and sustainability to create a lifechanging product. Many retail companies,  such as H&M, are in the process of integrating newer technologies to mitigate waste and minimize pollution throughout their supply chain.

However, other companies have adopted a more technologically focused solution, which indirectly impacts sustainability. Some examples of these inventions include eBuses, plastic recycling, and LED light efficiency. The goals of saving energy and plastic waste have inspired many students to follow in the footsteps of technology companies and research these sorts of problems on their own.

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