Reading List Highlights: 3D-Printed Food, Parking Tickets, Parental Leave

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1. Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York

By Samuel Gibbs – The Guardian

Digest: Artificial Intelligence

Curator: Bjorn Larsen

“Having started with parking tickets, Browder’s next challenge for the AI lawyer is helping people with flight delay compensation, as well as helping the HIV positive understand their rights and acting as a guide for refugees navigating foreign legal systems.

“At the same time, Browder is exploring a developer platform that only requires legal knowledge, not a coding background, which could spawn further useful chatbots to help dispense simple legal advice without exorbitant fees.”

Something tells me human lawyers may not take this technology lying down. Read More

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2. Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead

By Michael Corkery – The New York Times

Digest: FinTech

Curators: Karolina Noronha, Camron Miraftab, Thilmin Gee

Some of the US largest banks, acknowledging that traditional passwords are either too cumbersome or no longer secure, are increasingly using fingerprints, facial scans and other types of biometrics to safeguard accounts. Read More

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3. 3D printed food: a growing market

By Danielle – FabLabConnect

Digest: Maker

Curator: Mark Schreiber

3D-printed food? Yep it’s out there and with increasingly cheaper 3D printers, it has a growing market too. Read More

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4. This wearable device monitors signs of distress in people with autism, and alerts their caregivers

By Joe Myers – World Economic Forum

Digest: Wearables

Curators: Aashay Mody, Ashish Aggarwal

The Reveal band by Awake Labs monitors physiological signals such as heart rate, skin temperature and sweating, and alerts parents and caregivers via an app when a person’s anxiety levels are heightened, thus helping make meltdowns more manageable. Read More

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5. Men Are Afraid to Take Parental Leave. Guess Why

By Rebecca Greenfield – Bloomberg

Digest: HR & Employee Experience

Curator: Philip Alexander

Men still think their careers will suffer if they take leave; according to a new Deloitte survey, they felt that taking leave would “jeopardize their position” at work. Read More

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