This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Donald Trump officially announced the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change on Thursday, framing the 2015 deal as a kind of global plot to sabotage America. "The Paris Agreement handicaps the United States economy in order to win praise from the very foreign capitals and global activists that have long sought to gain wealth at our country's expense," Trump said. "They don't put America first. I do, and I always will."
The Founder Institute, the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator is announcing the "A.I. & Robotics" program in Pittsburgh, sponsored by Philips, a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health. The A.I. & Robotics Founder Syndicate aims to inspire and support early-stage A.I. & Robotics entrepreneurs and teams in the Pittsburgh Founder Institute by providing: The goal of this program, designed in partnership with Philips is to help launch more than 20 promising companies leverage A.I. or Robotics technology in 2020 and further establish Pittsburgh as a center for A.I. & Robotics innovation. Early-stage entrepreneurs and teams interested in building an A.I. or Robotics startup in Pittsburgh are encouraged to apply at FI.co/join/AI. The final deadline for applications will be on December 15th, 2019, and the program will run from January 21st, 2020 to April 28th, 2020. To celebrate this new program, the Pittsburgh Founder Institute will host several free events focusing on A.I. & Robotics over the next few weeks: The Pittsburgh Founder Institute was launched in 2017 by Randy Eager (Founder and Managing Partner, Aqualibrium LLC) and Greg Coticchia (Chief Executive Officer/Founder, ENTRA).
After winning five of their first six games and looking unbeatable with Tom Brady back under center, the New England Patriots have established themselves as the best team in the NFL. They were expected to face a difficult challenge in their Week 7 visit against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the team that sits atop the AFC North will be without its starting quarterback. Ben Roethlisberger, who leads the league with 16 touchdown passes, will be forced to sit with a knee injury. Backup Landry Jones gets the call, making just the third start of his career. Playing in his fourth season, Jones hasn't seen much time on the field, and he hasn't been very productive when called upon.
Week 11 of the 2017 NFL season begins with a potential playoff preview. The Tennessee Titans visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on "Thursday Night Football" in a game that could go a long way in determining one of the first two AFC postseason berths. The Steelers and New England Patriots share the AFC's best record at 7-2. The Titans, Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars are all in the mix for a first-round bye with six wins and three losses. It's hard to imagine New England not finishing the regular season strong and securing home-field advantage through at least the divisional round of the playoffs.