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Rodriguez won't budge, Michelle King's long leave, Caltech's new drone lab: What's new in education

Los Angeles Times

Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. L.A. Unified school board member Ref Rodriguez pled not guilty to campaign finance money laundering charges Tuesday. Rodriguez's pro-charter school allies on the board asked him to step down, but he said no. L.A. Unified school board member Ref Rodriguez pled not guilty to campaign finance money laundering charges Tuesday. Rodriguez's pro-charter school allies on the board asked him to step down, but he said no. Rodriguez won't budge, Michelle King's long leave, Caltech's new drone lab: What's new in education Ref Rodriguez's allies on the L.A. school board asked him to step down. He said no, shortly after pleading not guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges.


Cognitive Computing and Machine Learning from the Cynic

Huffington Post

The advocates of machine learning are known to be a fiercely contentious lot, each asserting that its own approach is superior to all others, and that any evidence adduced to the contrary is propaganda, fake news of the worst sort, stemming from jealous advocates of inferior approaches. The closest approximation to the internecine warfare of the machine learning field is the human learning field, in which advocates of public, government-run and union-staffed schools exchange harsh words with advocates of charter schools, with a level of invective and passion that indicates that someone is strongly in favor of hopelessly uneducated machines and/or humans.


Robots will destroy our jobs – and we're not ready for it

The Guardian

The McDonald's on the corner of Third Avenue and 58th Street in New York City doesn't look all that different from any of the fast-food chain's other locations across the country. Inside, however, hungry patrons are welcomed not by a cashier waiting to take their order, but by a "Create Your Taste" kiosk – an automated touch-screen system that allows customers to create their own burgers without interacting with another human being. It's impossible to say exactly how many jobs have been lost by the deployment of the automated kiosks – McDonald's has been predictably reluctant to release numbers – but such innovations will be an increasingly familiar sight in Trump's America. Once confined to the pages of futuristic dystopian fictions, the field of robotics promises to be the most profoundly disruptive technological shift since the industrial revolution. While robots have been utilized in several industries, including the automotive and manufacturing sectors, for decades, experts now predict that a tipping point in robotic deployments is imminent – and that much of the developed world simply isn't prepared for such a radical transition.