Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Washington Post: Cold rooms ‘notoriously sexist’? Cynthia Nixon seeks 76-degree setting for Cuomo debate.

The Washington Post: Cold rooms ‘notoriously sexist’? Cynthia Nixon seeks 76-degree setting for Cuomo debate.

I love the hilarious phrase, “thermostat patriarchy,” which is based on a real, factually male-centric standard:

“A month later, a study published in Nature Climate Change, a peer-reviewed journal, revealed a fact women have known for years: Thermostats in offices are based on the assumption that all workers are male, specifically a 40-year-old weighing 154 pounds.” (And wearing a suit, even in summer!)

#bias
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/08/29/cold-rooms-notoriously-sexist-cynthia-nixon-seeks-76-degree-setting-for-cuomo-debate/

Monday, August 27, 2018

Katherine Johnson celebrated her 100th birthday on August 26, 2018!


Katherine Johnson celebrated her 100th birthday on August 26, 2018!

#math #katherinejohnson

Originally shared by NASA

“You are as good as anyone in this town, but you are no better than any of them” is a life lesson from retired NASA Langley Research Center mathematician Katherine Johnson, who celebrates her 100th birthday today. Discover other life lessons from this pioneer in American space history: https://go.nasa.gov/2PCocHM #Happy100Katherine

Sunday, August 26, 2018

These are lovely portraits, and I enjoy the subjects’ commentary on the UK experience of checking multiple identity...

These are lovely portraits, and I enjoy the subjects’ commentary on the UK experience of checking multiple identity boxes.

“The mixed-race experience: 'There are times I feel like the odd one out'”

#identity #race #multiracial
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/aug/26/the-mixed-race-experience-there-are-times-i-feel-like-the-odd-one-out-?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Washington Post: Children can be swayed by robot peer pressure, study says

The Washington Post: Children can be swayed by robot peer pressure, study says

And prior studies show adults are also too trusting: “In follow-up experiments, researchers went so far as to tell the participants that the robot was broken or program it to behave in ways that appeared to be clearly malfunctioning. Most participants still followed it in an emergency. In one trial, they even had the broken robot suggest that people evacuate by entering a dark room blocked by a piece of furniture, with no visible sign of an exit. Most stuck with the robot instead of following the exit signs to leave the way they entered.”

HAL: Dave, we need to discuss this.

#ai #robotoverlords #badrobotoverlords
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/08/15/robot-overlords-may-sound-scary-but-robot-friends-could-be-just-as-bad/