April 14, 2017: Friday news roundup

Welcome to the weekend! Here’s wishing everyone a happy Passover, Easter, or other springtime celebration, although in the U.S., you may be spending the next couple of days doing your taxes too…

How to Evaluate, Accept, Reject, or Negotiate a Job Offer
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself mulling over a job offer, your next steps may not be as clear-cut as simply saying yes. Use the precious leverage you have at this brief juncture very carefully and think through “what matters to you in both your professional and private life and then ‘assess the offer’ against these metrics.”

Sonia Sotomayor: Not Everyone Can Just Pull Themselves ‘Up By The Bootstraps’
All of us need a helping hand at some point, and inequalities in society magnify the need for some. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor understands this very personally, as a Puerto Rican woman “born and raised in the Bronx” who benefited from affirmative action to pursue an elite education and rise to the top.

The Upcoming Privacy Battle Over Wearables in the NBA
With the playoffs tipping off this weekend (Go Warriors!), The Atlantic offers this interesting piece on how biometric trackers could soon be an element of the game, sharing stats with fans but also informing coaching staff about their players’ heart rate, skin temperature, and pulse. Such technology has already been adopted in leagues around the world but not yet in the U.S., where NBA pros have resisted wearables thus far.

What AI Will Look Like in 2027. Hint: It’s All in Your Head
As wondrous as today’s AI technology may seem, we’re still a long way from replicating the complexity of a living organism’s brain—even a brain as small as a rat’s. While “current AI brainpower is designed and built to deliver narrow, isolated functions,” the author here suggests it will be more like a human or animal brain by the year 2027.  

To Be a Genius, Think Like a 94-Year-Old
This is a wonderful story to end your work week. At 94 years young, John Goodenough (what a name!) and his team at the University of Texas at Austin just filed a patent for a new type of battery. It’s not Dr. Goodenough’s first innovation either. In fact, his entire career has been packed with creative breakthroughs, and his creativity hasn’t waned over time. Read on for more evidence that age is no barrier to innovation and imagination.