New York: The Elephant in the Green Room The conditions under which Glenn Beck left Fox News turn out to be pretty fascinating. Roger Ailes brought Beck on to fire up the conservative base after their 2008 defeat, in an effort to make Barack Obama a one-term president. But then Beck said the things that Fox News’ viewers actually believe, but that Fox News is only supposed to imply. Beck's success brought about the Tea Party and, with it, the rise of room-temperature-IQ Republicans. It was time for damage control. It was time for Beck to go.
IEEE Spectrum: Lingodroid Robots Invent Their Own Spoken Language Australian computer scientist and artificial intelligence researcher Ruth Schultz has developed a pair of autonomous robots, outfitted with a camera, range finder, sonar, a microphone, and speakers. Then she gave them the concepts of linguistics and set them free. They developed a language to teach each other about the room that they're in, using words like "puga," "hiza," and "bula" to indicate direction, distance, and location.