5 Things to Know Today: March 2, 2017
Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today
Lego's latest minifigures are a statement that NASA would be nothing without the women that made their missions possible, more companies are support animal welfare, and AI might cause the rise of the “useless class.”
1. Quartz: The new must-have Lego minifigures pay homage to the often overlooked women of NASA.
The set of minifigures will feature five female scientists who helped make NASA missions possible. These scientists include NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson (recently depicted in the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures), who calculated and verified trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs; computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who worked on the flight software for the Apollo missions; astronaut and doctor Mae Jemison, who was the first African-American woman in space; astronomer Nancy Roman who helped plan the Hubble Space Telescope; and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.
2. TriplePundit: Two major restaurant chains commit to slower-growing, more humanely raised chickens
TGI Fridays and Au Bon Pain announced new animal welfare policies earlier this month. Both companies stated that by 2024, they will only source chickens that the Global Animal Partnership has deemed slower-growing, which means the chickens weren’t at risk of growing crippled by their own body weight. As part of the same pledge, both restaurant groups also promised to source chickens from farms that provide better, more spacious living environments, and more humane slaughter processes.
3. Ted: AI may create a new “unworking” class.
Historian Yuval Noah Harari predicts that, just like the Industrial Age created a massive working class, ever more sophisticated artificial intelligence will create an “unworking class.” It’s a scenario that many people fear as such automation and robotics begin to slowly replace positions like cashier, driver, and customer service representatives. But hey, the silver lining on this dire warning is that with all the extra time on her hands, a given human will be able to pursue that obscure doctorate degree she's always dreamed of: apparently "highly sophisticated" and low-profit positions like archeologist (and, ahem, historian) will likely be safe from a bot takeover.
4. Quartz: A famous restaurant in Copenhagen just made its backroom staff co-owners of the business.
Rene Redzepi, the chef and owner of Denmark's world-famous Noma, named three members of its backroom staff as co-owners of the restaurant earlier this week. Among the new owners is Ali Sonko, a dishwasher, Gambian immigrant, and father of 12 whom Redzepi has described as "the heart and soul of Noma."
5. CNBC: Snap’s IPO is the richest valuation since Facebook in 2012.
Snap Inc.’s stock started trading at $24 a share today and nearly 100 million shares were exchanged just in the first half-hour of trading. The company had originally targeted a valuation between $19.5 and $22.3 billion and made its initial public offering at $17 a share.