Tom Ciccotta

Tom Ciccotta

The Robot Vacuum Wars Have Begun

The maker of the Roomba robotic vacuum has filed a lawsuit against a startup company called SharkNinja, claiming it is infringing on its patents for smart home cleaning devices. According to iRobot, which manufactures the Roomba, SharkNinja rushed “its copycat product in time for the holiday season.”

Robot Wars

Researchers: Sex Robots Should Have ‘Consent-Modules’

University researchers from institutions around the globe are working together to design “ethical” sex robots that have to consent before engaging in intercourse. They envision “consent modules” added to sex robots that humans would engage with before sexual relations.

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10 American Colleges That No Longer Observe Columbus Day

American colleges and universities around the country are abandoning “Columbus Day” in favor of new holidays. From USC and Kansas State to Harvard, well-known universities are giving Christopher Columbus the cold shoulder.

Christopher Columbus statue (Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty)

Scholar: Leftist Historian Howard Zinn Lied About Christopher Columbus

Mary Grabar, a scholar at the Alexander Hamilton Institute in Clinton, New York, recently published a book that aims to debunk the revisionary scholarship of leftist historian Howard Zinn. In her book, Grabar takes aim at Zinn’s lies about Christopher Columbus, which have in part fueled the outrage on campus against the Columbus Day holiday.

“Landing of Columbus,” painting by John Vanderlyn, 1846. Christopher Columbus is depicted landing in the West Indies, on an island that the natives called Guanahani and he named San Salvador, on October 12, 1492. He raises the royal banner, claiming the land for his Spanish patrons. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

University of Delaware to Close Confucius Institute Amid China Tensions

The University of Delaware announced this week that it plans to end its ten-year partnership with the Confucius Institute, an off-shoot of the Chinese government. It joins 20 other American universities who are ending their relationships with the Chinese organization.

Protestors gathering to support Pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong face Counter-protesters waving Chinese flags in the Place Saint Michel, central Paris, on August 17, 2019. - Ten weeks of protests in Hong-Kong have plunged the city into crisis and prompted mainland China to take a more hardline tone. (Photo by …