Caltech in the Media
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June 04, 2018
Indian-American and Former NASA Scientist Anita Sengupta Will Lead Virgin Hyperloop One Project
Anita Sengupta, a former scientist at JPL, has been named senior vice president of systems engineering for the Virgin Hyperloop One project. She joins Caltech alum Rob Ferber, who is chief engineer for the project
May 26, 2018
The Register (UK)
Overhyping AI Doctors, Language Translation Goes Open Source, and New Jobs on the Cards
A roundup of updates in the field of artificial intelligence highlights a Twitter thread by Caltech professor Lior Pachter, in which he criticizes AI evangelists for "overhyping" the technology to the public.
May 22, 2018
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Do Photos of Teaching on Your Campus Look Staged and Static?
James Lang (professor of English at Assumption College) pens a piece on the importance of capturing authentic moments of teaching and learning on a campus, rather than using staged images. He interviews Cassandra Horii from CTLO about her efforts to do so at Caltech. Horii co-authored an article on the topic in 2016.
May 22, 2018
As a Scientist, 'Flat Earthers' Ought to Be My Enemy. Here's Why I Listen, Instead.
An essay from Spiros Michalakis about why we should listen to and not judge people who believe the Earth is flat, even though, as Michalakis says at the end of the essay, "The Earth is not flat. It is a manifold. Please: Just Google it."
January 26, 2018
'Space Graffiti': Astronomers Angry Over Launch of Fake Star Into Sky
Peter Beck, founder of a space-launch company, sent an artificial satellite art piece into orbit. The "Humanity Star" twinkles as it passes overhead. Many astronomers are upset and say it adds to the problem of night pollution in the sky. Caltech's Michael Brown has called it "space graffiti."