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This week’s headline quotes Ryan Tuohy, Starship Technologies’ senior vice president of business development, in an optimistic and corporate-inspired perspective on how delivery robots will adapt to and become engrained in city and social infrastructure (Scientific American “Out of the way, human! Delivery robots want a share of your sidewalk”).

Read more | 02/25/2019 - 16:49

This week’s headline quotes Jamie Margolin, the 17-year-old founder and executive director of Zero Hour, a group working on the March 15th international day of environmental action (BuzzFeed News “A huge climate change movement led by teenage girls is sweeping Europe. And it’s coming to the US next.”).

Read more | 02/18/2019 - 17:26

This week’s headline quotes Dr. Jessica Deighton, an associate professor in child mental health and well-being at University College London, who is leading a British government trial program that will have students practice mindfulness as part of a study to improve youth mental health (The New York Times “Schools in England introduce a new subject: Mindfulness”).

Read more | 02/11/2019 - 14:51

This week’s headline quotes Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail, on the company’s success with its Today at Apple programming, which offers over 50 free classes covering coding, photography, music, video editing, photo walks, and emoji art classes (Mashable “Why Apple wants you spending more time in stores even if you're not buying”).

Read more | 02/04/2019 - 20:48

This week’s headline quotes Lindon Gao, co-founder of retail technology company Caper, who says that the cashierless shopping model will be a hybrid - “Some people like the interaction. Some people don't want to deal with anyone and just get what they want and leave." (Advertising Age “Amazon Go has attracted a host of cashierless imitators”)

Read more | 01/29/2019 - 21:49

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.

Read more | 01/21/2019 - 21:08

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

Read more | 01/14/2019 - 16:49

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”).

Read more | 01/07/2019 - 18:14

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”).

Read more | 12/31/2018 - 11:55

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.”).

Read more | 12/26/2018 - 19:10

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”).

Read more | 12/17/2018 - 22:37

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”).

Read more | 11/26/2018 - 14:37

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”).

Read more | 11/19/2018 - 16:48

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”).

Read more | 11/12/2018 - 19:27

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”).

Read more | 11/05/2018 - 21:24