Design automated technological pH balancer system for Smart Fish Tank; How can the development of technology reduce the amount of cases of animal abuse?

Bryan, Roberto, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Bryan, Roberto, Engineering Undergraduate, University of Virginia

Through the effort and work put into the technical project, the result was able to provide a more ethical and sustainable way of keeping fish. The technical project helped provide the idea in which the STS project should be about how technology is able to provide either a more ethical method of using animals or completely replace the use of animals for human benefit. Due to the timeline of the different projects, STS project wasn’t able to inform or guide much of the technical project. The thesis of the STS project was “In the United States, have the proponents and the critics of net neutrality advanced their respective agendas?” helped guide the project in limiting the range of how net neutrality has been effected and which roles society has had in those changes. The conclusion of the STS project is that the constant changes within US politics pushes for and against net neutrality which leaves no set trajectory as to how society will view net neutrality. The technical thesis was creating a pet friendly automated technological system that maintains a stable Potential of Hydrogen (pH) for an aquarium, which is respectively called “The Smart Fish Tank”. The conclusion of this technical project was the successful creation of “The Smart Fish Tank” in addition to the web platform that would give users updated information about the environment of the tank. These two projects are important because they push the narrative that technology can be a method to produce more sustainable and ethical ways of using living organisms such as animals. The technical project proves that humans can keep fish for a longer period of time without risking the chance of killing the fish due to malpractice. The STS project furthers this idea by discussing different technologies that are being developed to either improve or replace the environments in which animals are used for human benefit such as animal testing or mass animal production. The relationship between the thesis statement of both projects is that if net neutrality is affected, the ability for individuals to create more innovative technologies will be limited thus the progress in making sustainable and ethical technology will slow down. Both projects use technological momentum as the method in which they are viewed and researched as society will affect how technology is created and technology will open the possibility of changing how society functions. The STS project shows how technology can be used to change how society uses animals and pushes the narrative that technology can produce improved alternatives for the ethical use of animals in society while the technical project proves that technology can make ownership of animals more ethical than past methods.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Fish Tank, ph Balancer

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Technical Advisor: Harry Powell Jr.
STS Advisor: Hannah Rogers
Technical Team Members: Emmanuel Ogunjirin, Nile Alkebulan, Maya Chambers

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