As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, this week’s headline quotes Dr. King from a speech delivered in 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City. While Dr. King spoke of the urgency of civil rights and social change in the 1960s, his words remind us that we must confront changes today in our preparation for tomorrow – and that our values can guide our responses.
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This week’s headline quotes Arizona State University president Michael Crow at a groundbreaking ceremony for ASU Mirabella, a new retirement housing complex under construction at the university that will allow residents to take classes, make use of campus facilities, and mentor and build relationships with younger students (Inside Higher Ed “High demand from retirees to live on campus at Ariz
This week’s headline quotes Rebecca Spang, a historian and professor at Indiana University Bloomington, on the uses and benefits of machine learning in the humanities (ArsTechnica “Machine learning can offer new tools, fresh insights for the humanities”).
This week’s headline quotes Kaname Hayashi, designer and developer of the Lovot, a robot designed to hack human emotions by functioning more like a pet or buddy, like R2-D2, roaming around the house, making noises that sound like meows and chirps mixed together, and begging for hugs (Bloomberg “This new Japanese robot is designed to hack your emotion”).
This week’s headline quotes Aytan Litwin, founder and chief executive officer of White Space, a company that manages the manufacturing of custom interiors for hospitality and commercial spaces, on the rise of hotel lobbies and common spaces designed as a destination for both guests and locals (The New York Times “Checking in? No thanks. I’m just here to use the wi-fi.”).
This week’s headline quotes the AI Now Institute’s new report exploring how artificial intelligence-based tools are being deployed with little regard for potential ill effects in places where they can deeply affect thousands or millions of people (TechCrunch “AI desperately needs regulation and public accountability, experts say”).
This week’s headline quotes Omar Blaik, former vice president of facilities and real estate services at the University of Pennsylvania, on the rise of colleges and universities leading the revitalization of local communities through the development of business districts, retail spaces, restaurants, housing, and more (The New York Times “Universities look to strengthen the places they call home”).
This week’s headline quotes the motto for Pop Gym, a Brooklyn-based martial arts collective that brings self-defense classes to unexpected venues, including libraries, and to populations that may be marginalized in a traditional, hyper-masculine gym (Pacific Standard “In Brooklyn, a roving gym is building muscle and community”).
This week’s headline quotes Xinhua News’ virtual newsreader, which can "work" 24 hours a day on its website and social media channels, "reducing news production costs" - an artificial intelligence (AI) system synthesized the presenters' voices, lip movements, and expressions (BBC “China's Xinhua agency unveils AI news presenter”).
This week’s headline quotes Denise Resnik, founder and executive director of First Place, a new supportive residence community in Phoenix designed for adults with autism and neurodiversities - the space features ample common spaces, design features to minimize sensory overload, and access to a Transition Academy that offers a two-year program to teach residents life and work skills (City Lab “Autism-friendly apartments open in Phoenix”).
This week’s headline quotes Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University. The university recently acquired the nonprofit LRNG, a Chicago-based organization that helps young people find job opportunities by encouraging them to acquire digital badges on its game-based learning platform.
This week’s headlines quotes MIT President L. Rafael Reif, on the announcement of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, an interdisciplinary hub for work in computer science, AI, data science, and related fields (The New York Times “M.I.T. plans college for artificial intelligence, backed by $1 billion”).
This week’s headline quotes Ikea’s new Life at Home report, which finds that 1 in 3 people say there are places where they feel more at home than the space they live in, as individuals seek belonging, comfort, ownership, privacy, and security in a range of public and private spaces (Fast Company “A new Ikea report is an unsettling look at life in the 21st century”).
This week’s headline quotes Vinoth Chandar, the CEO of ChuChu TV, responsible for some of the most widely viewed toddler content on YouTube with more than 19 billion views for children’s videos that are simple, sunny, and consistent (The Atlantic “Raised by YouTube”).
This week’s headline quotes Nina Wolff Landau, a junior at Brown University, in response to the information requested by Shiru Café, a new coffee shop that offers students free coffee in exchange for personal data that lets the café target corporate-sponsored messages to customers.