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Help Us Find These 1970s AT&T Engineers

In this 1975 AT&T film, five female AT&T engineers are profiled. The film starts with male attitudes towards women working as engineers. There are no surprises there -- the men seem completely opposed to the notion of a woman being an engineer, and many seem to find the idea of a woman working at all a little weird. Things have changed a bit since the Seventies; some of the best engineers I work with are women, though there is certainly still a huge gender gap in engineering.

The twenty-minute film goes on to profile five women who worked at AT&T (well, in the Bell System) in the 1970s. What's most interesting, though, is that AT&T apparently cannot locate any of these five -- they (and I) would like to ask followup questions and learn how things have changed since 1975. I think our readers must have some connection to these five women -- we know engineers and scientists around the world; we must be able to find these folks -- can you help us find them? They are: Carol Latimer at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, Jerri Jackson in the Carolinas, Bev Miles in Colorado, Sharon Fujitani in the Midwest, and Tony Leach in the Pacific Northwest.

From the film's description:

A counterpart to a Bell System film from 1974 called "The Engineer", this film profiles females engineers working in Bell Labs. Filmed in 1975, this film served double-duty as a recruitment film for female engineering students, and was also shown in high schools and colleges. Five women in the Bell System are profiled: Carol Latimer at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, Jerri Jackson in the Carolinas, Bev Miles in Colorado, Sharon Fujitani in the Midwest, and Tony Leach in the Pacific Northwest.

We've tried to track down all of these women today to get their impressions of the film, but couldn't find any of them. ...

Do You Know These Engineers?

If so, leave a comment -- I can email you privately to follow up. If you help us find one or more of these women, I promise I'll write a detailed followup article and/or video. If Tony Leach is still in Portland, I'll go interview her in person!

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Make Alexa's Daily Weather Forecasts More Accurate
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Will you need an umbrella this afternoon? Will a fine day grow sweltering and require flip-flops? Your Amazon Echo Daily Briefing can answer these questions. But, as Taylor Martin at CNET explains, it can answer them better if you make a few quick changes to your account.

Meteorologists are scientists, not fortune-tellers. They analyze the data they have to assemble their best estimate of weather conditions over the next few hours, days, and weeks. These estimates can vary widely depending on the sources of the data and the variables included in the calculation. Some forecasters are just plain better than others.

One of the most popular is Dark Sky, an app that offers hyperlocal weather reports centered on a user’s exact whereabouts. Dark Sky uses its own proprietary weather service, which has been adapted for Alexa by a third-party function called Big Sky.

As CNET explains, this is how you add Big Sky capability to your Echo:

- Go to alexa.amazon.com or tap to open the Alexa app on iOS or Android.

- In the left menu, go to Skills.

- Search for Big Sky.

- Tap or click Enable Skill.

- To create a Big Sky account, select Create One.

- Select a username and password.

- Log in and enter your address.

- Decide how detailed you want your forecast to be.

- Select Fahrenheit or Celsius and click Submit.

To get your forecast for the day, head to your Echo and say "Alexa, open Big Sky." You can also ask Alexa to consult the app with specific questions. "Alexa, ask Big Sky: will it rain in the next six hours?" "Alexa, what’s the high temperature today?"

From there, you'll have to make your fashion and accessory choices yourself.

[h/t CNET]

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Japan Is Getting Sushi Delivery Robots
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Japan, home of robots that feed you tomatoes, check you into your hotel, and act as surrogate children, is about to get a sushi delivery bot.

In August, the Japanese robotics company ZMP and the food delivery service Ride On Express are due to launch CarriRo Delivery, an autonomous sushi delivery robot, according to Fast Company and RocketNews24.

The sushi will come from Ride On Express’s sushi restaurant Gin no Sara and be delivered in the red robot, which looks like a cross between an ice cream cart and one of London’s signature red buses. The CarriRo robot can deliver sushi for up to 60 people and is designed to navigate the city on its own with the help of cameras and sensors.

ZMP has aspirations for the robots outside the culinary sphere. The promotional video shows the robots navigating sidewalks to pick up prescription drugs, household supplies, and more, bringing them to people who order from an app on their phone. It has headlights, so it appears you can order at all hours of the day. The robot can run for up to eight hours at a time and can be controlled remotely.

For now, though, the laws governing autonomous robots roving around public sidewalks aren’t super clear, so the CarriRo’s sushi service is debuting on private land only. That means futuristic sushi parties will be confined to office parks and other areas where it won’t run afoul of the law. (It has a top speed of less than 4 mph, so it can’t exactly run away from the police.)

For select office workers, though, this will bring the convenience of conveyor belt sushi to a whole new level.

[h/t Fast Company]

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