Today’s Tech Sightings:
It’s no longer science fiction. Replaceable body parts are already here. Now Swiss psychologist Bertolt Meyer, who has a prosthetic arm, is working to create a robot modeled after himself. The robot, Rex, is made of various prosthetic parts, has a circulatory system and a clunky body. Rex works, explores and already has some fans. Writer Chandra Steele says Rex will not be replacing humans just yet, however, and only serves only as a model for what is to come.
The U.S. Congressional Black Caucus has urged Facebook to stop allowing advertisers to exclude racial and ethnic groups from their housing ads. The lawmakers say the practice violates federal anti-discrimination housing laws. Facebook responded with an email saying it is trying to better understand the concerns of both sides, but that “multicultural marketing is a common practice in the ad industry and helps brands reach audiences with more relevant advertising.”
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