Ping pong and robotics: A match made in heaven


Enter Trainerbot, the smart ping pong robot with a wicked serve. Harrison started working on a ping pong robot made from a household garbage can. Puma has developed a racing robot to push runners, with the idea that competing against an opponent helps improve athletes' performance. For a totally customizable game, users can control the motors via a mobile app.

'No Fats, No Femmes' documentary to explore the 'politics of desirability'

Los Angeles Times

Seeing the frequency of such language inspired Lewis years later to create a feature-length documentary to interrogate and explore race, desire and body image, and the ways in which they're informed by media, pop culture and capitalism. The Times spoke with Lewis, who's known online as Fat Femme, following his-her recent West Coast visit about the documentary -- which is slated for a 2017 completion date -- how people "fail gender" and how gender deviant and trans people fit into the Black Lives Matter movement. The "no fats, no femmes" ideology is often used by gay men [on dating sites] situating their desires within a framework that excludes particular kinds of bodies, mostly those fat, feminine, disabled, HIV positive and the list goes on. How do the topics you're raising in "No Fats, No Femmes" intersect with the Black Lives Matter movement, and what seems like the exclusion of black trans and gender nonconforming people in that movement?

The Real Reason Tesla Owners Love Their Cars (Hint: It's not because they are the best electric cars on the planet)


That's the backlog of pre-orders that Tesla Motors tallied up in the days after announcing its latest car, the Tesla Model 3. Aside from a handful of parts that need routine replacement--think tires and wiper blades--the bulk of the vehicle's components and functions were designed to be upgraded, not by mechanics wielding wrenches, but by software engineers working in Tesla's Silicon Valley research and development labs. A fix, the message informed him, was automatically downloaded to Robert's car (and every other Tesla) overnight while it charged in his garage. And this is happening not just in transportation but virtually every industry, as I write in my latest book "The Digital Revolution: How Connected Digital Innovations Are Transforming Your Industry, Company and Career."

Managers hail intelligent machines but have doubts about their own skills - Financial Services Human Capital Blog


These intelligent RPA systems, which use the latest cognitive computing technology, have huge potential to step up management effectiveness. Our goal was to assess the potential impact of cognitive computing on their jobs and to understand their perceptions of the how their work would change as a result of this new technology. The vast majority of managers, 84 percent, believe intelligent machines will make them more effective and make their work more interesting. In my next blog post I'll highlight two further obstacles that might hamper business leaders' efforts to boost management performance with intelligent machines.