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UBER WOULD LIKE TO POACH YOUR ROBOTICS TEAM
The National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University was robbed recently. That is, the prestigious center, which has been working on a 5-foot-tall humanoid machine, lost a slew of researchers to Uber.
The New York Times reported:
The San Francisco firm, famous for its popular car-dispatch services, is getting into the robotics business itself. In February, barely a mile away, it opened the Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, where the former university researchers are now developing technologies to help Uber extend its reach over the roads. These include producing better maps and safer guidance systems — and most lucrative, even if they’re still years away, Uber’s very own fleet of self-driving cars.
It was a startling raid of talent. By offering private-sector salaries substantially higher than university equivalents (as well as a chance to earn equity in a fast-rising tech firm), Uber was able to acquire a hefty chunk of the center’s brain trust, including some top experts in autonomous vehicles. In doing so, the company has placed a bet that self-driving robots are no longer the stuff of scholarly visions but valuable intellectual property.
The New York Times: Uber Would Like To Buy Your Robotics Department
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ADVOCACY GROUP TRIES TO SAVE RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS FROM THEMSELVES
Freedom from Religion, a national organization that has unsuccessfully tried to eliminate National Prayer Day and scrub "In God We Trust" from our money, has been working to eradicate prayer in schools. The group recently went after a district in Ohio that has started its monthly school board meeting with a pastor-led prayer for years.
The Sandusky Register reported:
Norwalk Schools is the latest target in a national organization's effort to squash prayer in schools.
On Wednesday, school board members discussed a letter the district recently received from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit group that advocates for the separation of church and state.
The letter is dated June 26, but it was the first time board members addressed the topic.
It was a tense conversation.
"Someone is trying to rob us of our faith ... and I think that's sad," said Amy Little, a local Lutheran pastor and district parent who attended Wednesday's meeting.
Little proceeded to say a prayer aloud anyway, asking God to watch over Norwalk Schools.
The Sandusky Register: Thou Shall Not Pray?
A few more bites:
“[It is a] seemingly impossible choice that I do not wish on any of my fellow Americans — my conscience or my freedom, my conscience or my ability to serve the people that I love. Obey God or a directive that forces me to disobey God, even when there are reasonable accommodations available.” - Kentucky clerk Kim Davis on her religious objections to authorizing gay marriages, via The Blaze
"I've heard of some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative. Or they don’t want to read a book if it has language that is offensive to African-Americans, or somehow sends a demeaning signal towards women. I’ve got to tell you, I don’t agree with that either. I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of views." - President Obama on PC culture on campus, via The Hill
“A guy who trades in wives because they get old is what women face every day and are disgusted by. I hate to break it to him, but Melania is going to get old too." - GOP strategist Katie Packer Gage responds to a certain infamous remark about a candidate's "face," via Politico
"WHEN THEY OVERNIGHT YOU AN EMMY I DID NOT KNOW THIS WAS A THING" - Taylor Swift, reacting to her Emmy win on Twitter