The week that was (09-21-19)

Sorry kiddos – I took a week off to take in the sights and sounds of New Orleans. I was primarily there for a conference but I did get some time to have some amazing food and hear some great jazz.

China’s flying pilotless drone taxis are almost ready to become a thing. Guangzhou will serve as the first urban air mobility pilot city for a company called EHang. Meanwhile, the US Air Force is working on similar technology which they are calling Agility Prime.

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Someone finally made off with the golden toilet.

Hasbro released a new version on Monopoly to teach kids about the gender pay gap. Girls start with $1900 and get $240 every time they pass Go while the boys need to make do with $1500 and $200 for every lap around the board.

The entire population of Ecuador (including the president) had their personal information leaked online due to a misconfigured database server.

A software engineer who discovered code that he had contributed to the Chef software project was being sold to ICE deleted his repository, forcing Chef to retroactively update and patch around his code.  “I have a moral and ethical obligation to prevent my source from being used for evil.” wrote the engineer.

European scientists have developed a new type of polymer that can heal itself. They plan to use it to make self-healing robots. Hopefully not killer robots.

Tesla filed a patent on a new kind of windshield wiper.

Looking for a long-read that will teach you something new? Check out On the Line and it’s companion piece, Dirty Business which won this year’s Student Journalism award. Both pieces go behind the scenes of the recycling business and the risks for the workers there.

Photo credit: Reddit user Drown_In_The_Void

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