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  1. Rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

    The first ever AI program was written in 1955, named the Logic Theorist. Since then, AI technology has been incorporated into various aspects of human life. From the integration of AI into educational systems to intelligent virtual assistants that perform daily chores for humans, AI is becoming the norm and has brought many benefits to humankind. AI technology is an asset in healthcare, service, labour, and education, and thus is greatly beneficial to a country’s economy. The ability to perform independently allows performance of tasks at a higher efficiency.

    Despite the benefits AI bring about, there are certain drawbacks and risks associated with the use of AI. AI is highly disruptive to current business models, especially in the manufacturing and finance sector. Also, given AI programs' ability to behave autonomously, there is a risk of it causing physical harm upon malfunction or misdirection. As such, it is imperative to pace the development of AI and evaluate the risks involved to ensure the safety of AI technologies.

  2. Autonomous Warfare

    Similar to the First Industrial Revolution, advancements in AI have seen large disruptions to the state of political and economic statuses of nations in the global macrocosm. The introduction of AI into military operations led to smart machinery, and growing levels of automation further reshape the relationship between labour and capital.

    As nations and institutions develop and manufacture autonomous weapons at exponential rates, the competition for military superiority has become most fraught with tension. It would be a grave mistake to equate military prowess with diplomatic stature, as technological breakthroughs constantly disrupt the ladders of military capabilities and strength.

    As the controversial creation and use of such technology sparks debate on human accountability and rightful warfare conduct, ethical concerns of using such autonomous weapon systems follow. With the ease of access to such weaponry vary across state lines, COSTAR has to grapple with international cooperation on setting limitations, regulations on autonomous warfare, and the vastly diverse stances of nations.


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Deng Jia Xuan

A nice and friendly JC1 student, Jia Xuan started her MUN journey in RVMUN’17 and is grateful to be returning as a chair. Having dabbled in Chinese debate and History quizzes previously , she cannot wait to meet her delegates and witness insightful discussion during council sessions.

Outside of MUN, Jia Xuan enjoy everything from Lorde to, as well as all things cat, dog and mammalian. A casual gamer-girl™, a fervent Hamilton fan, and forever cafe-hopper, she hopes that you will enjoy the amazing conference that will be RVMUN’19.

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Chong Ka Shing

Ka Shing is a typical JC2 student who has a burning passion in scientific research, despite the risk of turning into a mad scientist. Whilst trying desperately to avoid being diagnosed with the spun glass hair syndrome, he found himself deeply interested in MUN, which he probably thinks it stands for “Many Unique Nobel prizes”. In his free time, he will devote several hours into watching Japanese movies, Japanese dramas, Japanese music videos, Japanese variety shows and Japanese anime.

Having said that, Ka Shing is very honoured to be given the opportunity to chair in RVMUN 2019. He look forward to exciting academic discourse during council session. Lastly, as a self-proclaimed shy teenager, he encourages delegates to approach him anytime and anywhere.

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Lin Yan

Lin Yan is a JC1 student who started her MUN journey at RVMUN 2017. This time, she is absolutely honoured to be one of the chairs for RVMUN 2019. She hopes that RVMUN will be enjoyable and meaningful for all delegates.

Outside of MUN, Lin Yan enjoys the act of using one’s sensory organs to take in visual and auditory information from a flat-screen device. Or, in other words, watch anime. From strange comedy-parody like Gintama, to darker shows like Attack on Titan, she has a very diverse taste in anime. She also welcomes any delegate who would like to talk about their favourite shows (outside of council time, of course). Other than this, Lin Yan wishes to go to France one day, because she doesn't want four years of her Third Language lessons to go to waste.