Culture & Society




Focused female engineer assembling robot

Altering a robot’s gender and social roles may be a screen change away

Source: Science Daily

Researchers at Penn State have found that most participants in a study identified robots as male when they were presented with no gender cues, but simple alterations on the robots’ screens could strengthen anthropomorphic personalities that humans tend to give computers.








Curved railroad in sunset

Descendants of Chinese Laborers Reclaim Railroad’s History

Source: NPR

The first transcontinental railroad transformed America and came to symbolize a new spirit of unity and cooperation. Yet for decades after its completion, the Chinese workers who made the railroad’s construction possible were overlooked. Recently, steps have been taken to remedy this historical injustice.