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Tips on interviewing for a summer internship at Google

I recently received and accepted an offer for a STEP internship at Google, summer 2021. For me and for many students of computer science and software engineering, this is nothing short of a dream come true. What is the wall stopping so many students from obtaining this career-changing opportunity? For anyone that has at any moment thought of trying to get an internship in tech, the answer comes quickly: the dreaded technical interviews.

After 1 year of preparation for the summer internship hiring period, I am no stranger to the stress…

Lessons learned on how to obtain a software engineering summer internship

The Motivation

They say “Getting a job in tech is easy. Getting a career is something else.”

For many students aspiring to a career in tech, the competition can be quite daunting. Recruiters expect an experience-filled CV to consider you among the thousands of new grads that year apply for a job at their respective company. It is not enough to obtain good grades. If you want to kickstart a career in the fast-changing world of software and technology innovation after you graduate, you need to stand out from the crowd…

There has been a lot of buzz going around in the news about the possibility that lab-grown brain organoids, such as those used in the research of Alysson Muotri from the University of California, might one day achieve some level of consciousness. While this poses serious ethical questions about the morality of conducting such research, I believe that there are several circumstances that would inhibit such brainlets from achieving any stage of consciousness.

Brainlets: Mini-brains

Brain organoids, or brainlets, are miniature versions of organs developed in lab conditions, and are commonly used to study brain development problems, such as how brain diseases…

Neuralink has taken everyone off their feet. It is what everyone is talking about now. It holds the promise to reach the dreamed pinnacle of human-computer interfaces: a direct link between the most powerful information processing machine invented: the computer, and the most intelligent of all nature’s creations: the human brain. The possibilities are endless, the stuff of science fiction becoming a reality. However, the more powerful the technology, the more dangerous it can potentially be, and this one is certainly no exception. …

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” — Theodore Roosevelt

Self-driving vehicles are no longer in the foreseeable but still awaiting future. They are a palpable reality. They are slowly but surely creeping up into the horizon. Their appearance, together with many other automation technologies, bring with them a great number of ethical dilemmas. We will be forced to face choices and answer difficult questions with an ever increasing urgency if we do not want…

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel” — Socrates

The Era of Information

We live in the era of information. Information is available to us in unprecedented manners, in ways previous generations could never have imagined. We have instant access to news all across the world, humanity’s main body of scientific knowledge is a mere Google search away, and thanks to social media, we can communicate with each other as never before. …

Samuel Alarco

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