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March 12, 2019

IN THE NEWS: COMPUTERIZED UMPIRES

NEW YORK (AP) — Short-circuit the umpire? It’s about as close as you can get to knocking on off — when the subject of your ire is a robot umpire. Starting next month, the independent Atlantic League will begin using computers to handle ball-and-strike calls. It’s one of a series of changes being tried out in the league. Under the trial run, plate umpires will wear earpieces and will be told what the computer “ump” has to say about the accuracy of a pitch. Umpires have the ability to override the computer. The TrackMan system won’t replace umpires entirely; for example, it doesn’t evaluate check swings.

IN THE NEWS: ROBOT MACHINE IRKS FAMILY OF MAN WHO DIED

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It’s one thing to have a human doctor with an awful bedside manner. Imagine having a robotic machine hash-up an effort to tell a man he won’t be alive much longer. That’s what happened to Ernest Quintana. His family took him to be treated for chronic lung disease. But they and Quintana were taken aback when a robot rolled into the 78-year-old patient’s ICU room — and told him he’d likely die within days. The robot was right; Quintana died two days later. Officials say the Kaiser Permanente emergency center in Fremont, California regrets “falling short” of patient expectations by having a robot deliver devastating medical news to the patient and family.

ON THE WEB: EMOJIS AND MIXED-RACE COUPLES

CYBERSPACE (AP) — There will be another tweak coming to the land of the emoji. There are another 230 new emoji being rolled out by the Unicode Consortium. And 71 of them represent couples of color. Until now, emoji of two or more people on various platforms and devices have been available only in default yellow. While the new figures have been signed off by the Unicode Consortium, individual companies must decide for themselves whether to add them — and decide how they will end look looking.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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