Do we live in stable times?

Asked of 34 budding biomedical engineers on a final examination in an introductory circuits and systems class on April 25, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their answers follow.

  • No we do not, as fear can easily lead to an arms race.
  • In my opinion, we don’t. It’s not like WWI or II, but the exploitation of others is beyond what’s tolerable.
  • Tensions are still very high, and living in 1st world countries can skew our perspective. In general, we are still not living in a stable world.
  • According to the arms race system, probably not.
  • Yes, as we can see from the differential equation we did in class (AB > mn), one country will be gathering/getting rid of weapons, while another will be doing the opposite (of course the equation may be altered by extreme circumstances in the real world).
  • No, not according to the arms race or the system of consumerism.
  • When is the world ever in a considerably stable time? Never. There is always conflict or some problem that affects the world. In America itself, there are countless issues that plague our country and racism, the vast division of socio-economic classes, etc. So I’d say no, absolutely not.
  • Depends on the arms race and whether mn > ab. Probably not.
  • In an arms race? AB > mn. Not in a world war so probably.
  • Given what is occurring in the world, both socially and politically, I’m afraid we do not.
  • No, CO2 in atmosphere is increasing exponentially. S > 0
  • Like the model we did on the homework, we cannot perfectly reach the ideal stare where output and inputs of each other are able to rely on one another. Many other factors are present that affect it.
  • Most likely not.
  • Of course. AB < mn. We scared so we make guns to protect ourselves which usually prevents other people from attacking us.
  • Not with the current US president.
  • We live in marginally stable times.
  • Nuclear arms are being disassembled at a faster rate than they are being built. Also, our healthcare is improving. In summary, more blood banks than bloodbaths.
  • Hell yeah! Peace in Korea! Denuclearization talks! We want to decrease our stockpiles more than we want to have the biglyest, most bestest nukes in the world! We are more invested in other topics, and the global rejection of nuclear arsenals means we are stable.
  • Not quite.
  • Always unstable times because of country’s hunger for power and nuclear aspirations lol…NK will never stop production unfortunately.
  • No, I don’t believe that we live in stable times, there will always be guns. People will always be guns. People will always be out to beat / beat better than their neighbor.
  • Stability is an interesting concept and is quite relative. I would say we do, but if you were someone in a war-torn country, you might say otherwise or have a different idea of what stability is.
  • No, between the protests and rapid technological innovations, these are times of change.
  • No, we do not live in stable times due to fluctuation in society. In terms of arms we are not stable as well.
  • If the world was stable I wouldn’t be afraid to walk home alone at night.
  • Not with the current president.
  • AB ≤ MN ?? Kurzgesagt? On Youtube, “War is over” unless we have one in the next few years.
  • Although I am glad North Korea agreed to halt nuclear testing.
  • Stable in terms of…the economy? The arms race? (mn > AB). Probably not stable times unfortunately due to global warming, war and all other problems that exist!
  • No.
  • We live in the most turbulent (political turbulence), and yet the most clam (political inaction of certain parties) of times.
  • In order for us to live ins table times mn > AB. I believe that we don’t live in stable time because the current amount of things seems greater than the rate at which we acquire them.
  • If we are talking about the cold war problem, then yes. But I would like to see an equation to model the current stress on the news about our economic and social battles. For these, I can only hope we are stable.