Friday, October 18, 2019

MixedTimes - Tom Ciccotta

Researchers: Sex Robots Should Have 'Consent-Modules'

Researchers: Sex Robots Should Have 'Consent-Modules'

University researchers from institutions around the globe are working together to design "ethical" sex robots that have to consent before engaging in intercourse. They envision "consent modules" added to sex robots that humans would engage with before sexual relations.

10 American Colleges That No Longer Observe Columbus Day

10 American Colleges That No Longer Observe Columbus Day

American colleges and universities around the country are abandoning "Columbus Day" in favor of new holidays. From USC and Kansas State to Harvard, well-known universities are giving Christopher Columbus the cold shoulder.

University of Delaware to Close Confucius Institute Amid China Tensions

University of Delaware to Close Confucius Institute Amid China Tensions

The University of Delaware announced this week that it plans to end its ten-year partnership with the Confucius Institute, an off-shoot of the Chinese government. It joins 20 other American universities who are ending their relationships with the Chinese organization.

Four Key Takeaways from the Harvard Admissions Ruling

Four Key Takeaways from the Harvard Admissions Ruling

A United States District Court Judge ruled this week that Harvard University does not discriminate against Asian-Americans in its admission process. Here are some of the key takeaways from the decision.

FTC: Match.com Used Fake Accounts to Lure 500,000 Subscribers

FTC: Match.com Used Fake Accounts to Lure 500,000 Subscribers

The FTC claims that dating site Match.com used fake accounts to lure almost 500,000 people to become paying subscribers on the popular dating website. The subscribers joined the company's paid premium service within 24 hours of receiving a message from accounts the FTC claims Match had already identified as "fraudulent.

Chick-fil-A Has Doubled Its Sales Despite Increased Protests

Chick-fil-A Has Doubled Its Sales Despite Increased Protests

Although protests against Chick-fil-A have popped up on campuses and in cities around the country this year, the chain has more than doubled its sales in recent years, reaching $10.5 billion in sales and adding 700 new locations.

Medical Records for Millions of Americans Are Online and Unprotected

Medical Records for Millions of Americans Are Online and Unprotected

A new report claims that confidential medical records for millions of Americans are publicly accessible online on unprotected servers. 187 public servers containing confidential medical records did not even have a password in place.

Former Dean: Med School Is About Social Justice Not Treating Illnesses

Former Dean: Med School Is About Social Justice Not Treating Illnesses

Former University of Pennsylvania Medical School Associate Dean Stanley Goldfarb published a column in theWall Street Journal last week which made the case that medical schools are more focused on "social justice" than they are on treating illnesses.

Ohio State Trademark Application for Word 'The' Rejected

Ohio State Trademark Application for Word 'The' Rejected

Ohio State University had its trademark application for the word "the" rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week. The main reason appears to be the university's choice of font size.

Purdue University Faculty Wants Chick-fil-A Banned from Campus

Purdue University Faculty Wants Chick-fil-A Banned from Campus

The faculty at Purdue University are pushing back against a proposal to install a Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus. Professors have drafted a measure that would restrict the university's ability to do business with companies they deem to not uphold "social justice" values.

Northeastern Illinois University Students 'Fear' Sean Spicer's Visit to Campus

Northeastern Illinois University Students 'Fear' Sean Spicer's Visit to Campus

Students at Northeastern Illinois University claimed that they "fear" a scheduled campus visit from former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. According to the student's Facebook post, the school is creating a "home" for "white nationalism" by allowing Spicer to speak.

Poll: 73 Percent of GOP Students Self-Censor to Protect Grades

Poll: 73 Percent of GOP Students Self-Censor to Protect Grades

A new poll reveals that an overwhelming majority of conservative college students self-censor in the classroom in order to protect their grades. 73 percent of students self-identified as "strong Republican" censor their beliefs in class fearing backlash from leftist professors.

Amazon Claims It Will Stop Swiping Delivery Driver Tips

Amazon Claims It Will Stop Swiping Delivery Driver Tips

Amazon announced this week that it will end an exploitative tipping practice that counts customer tips towards a driver's base pay. The e-commerce giant says that drivers will now receive 100 percent of all tips as opposed to those tips going at least partially to Jeff Bezos' bottom line.

Report: Lori Loughlin Thought All Rich People Bribed Colleges

Report: Lori Loughlin Thought All Rich People Bribed Colleges

A new report suggests that Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin refused to plead guilty for her alleged role in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions bribery scandal because she thought that all rich people bribed colleges in exchange for their children's admission.

Report: Flawed Essay Scoring Algorithms Adopted by Exam Makers

Report: Flawed Essay Scoring Algorithms Adopted by Exam Makers

According to a report by Motherboard, a flawed electronic essay scoring algorithm has been adopted by several states. Experts say the algorithms stress the ability to write in whole sentences, not creative or insightful thinking by students.

New Jersey School Official: Let Them Eat Tuna Fish

New Jersey School Official: Let Them Eat Tuna Fish

An assistant superintendent of a New Jersey school district has proposed a new policy that would withhold school lunches from students that have a $20 or greater lunch debt, and restrict students with $10 of debt to a tuna fish sandwich.

SUNY Women's Studies Staffer: Milking Cows Is 'Sexual Assault'

SUNY Women's Studies Staffer: Milking Cows Is 'Sexual Assault'

A new research paper published last week by a staff member of the women's studies department at SUNY Brockport makes the case that the dairy industry's production process involves the "rape" and "sexual assault" of cows.

Former Johns Hopkins Professor: Colleges Demonize White Men

Former Johns Hopkins Professor: Colleges Demonize White Men

Former Johns Hopkins Professor Daniel Povey argued in a blog post this week that many American colleges demonize white men. Povey may not find his future career to be more welcoming to ideological diversity— he has accepted a position at Facebook.

U of Georgia Hosts 'Healthy Masculinity' Event

U of Georgia Hosts 'Healthy Masculinity' Event

The University of Georgia is hosting a "Taco'bout it Tuesday" event that encourages male student to reflect on their masculinity. The university claims its goal is to "provide a supportive space for male-identified students to engage in critical thought" about topics like "the aesthetics of manhood," while also stating that "gender is a social construct.

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