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“It’s almost never the case that things come in ahead of schedule, and it’s not because of failure to plan,” says Mason Peck, an engineer at Cornell University who served as the NASA chief technologist from 2011 to 2013. “It’s just when you plan for that schedule, disruptions force you into the future. It’s just the nature of the beast.”

“A lot of things we’re seeing in the news get at that underlying implicit bias that people have and are not aware of until it’s ‘Oh my god, that came out of my mouth,’” says Jamie Perry, assistant professor in the School of Hotel Administration. “Training creates a dialogue about differences.”

Eswar Prasad, a trade policy professor at Dyson, says the U.S. initiatives were small in comparison to Chinese investments. “In both scale and scope, these initiatives pale in ambition relative to comparable initiatives by China. It also highlights the distinction between China’s approach of bold and grand government-led initiatives and the much more modest role of the U.S. government.”

“If they did nothing, they would be more vulnerable to some kind of backlash,” says CALS communications professor Drew Margolin. Bart Selman, a computer science professor at Cornell University, notes that while the company is “hiring great people” and building up fast to catch up to rivals like Google on this front, it might be too optimistic on how quickly AI will help them address big problems such as fake news and political manipulation. 

“Even experts disagree about what intelligence is,” says Robert Sternberg, professor of human development at the College of Human Ecology. “So we would be raising intelligence according to someone’s definition, but maybe not someone else’s. What, then, exactly, would we be raising?”

“It’s not just a trade war anymore,” says Eswar Prasad, a trade policy professor at Dyson. “It’s becoming a more open economic conflict between the two countries.” The deal’s collapse, he says, “certainly is a strong signal that China is going to use every available lever.”

“It’s not a problem confined to a single region or type of place,” says the study’s lead author, Frank Edwards, postdoctoral associate at the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. “There are places where the risk is much, much higher, but across the country, there’s nowhere the risk [of black men being killed by police] isn’t at least double.” 

“I think it’s the desperation strategy,” says Cornell Law School Professor Jens David Ohlin. “I think he doesn’t have a lot of options available to him, so his lawyers are doing whatever they can to score a win. From their perspective, that’s the only strategy they have.”

Gail Saltz, associate professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine, says, “Many, many people have at least unconsciously some sexual inhibitions, and they may long to feel less conflicted and more uninhibited.”

Kevin McGowan, a professor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and not involved in the study, says he’d never witnessed a sign of necrophilia in more than three decades of observing crows. But he suspects over-charged hormones are largely at play. “So it’s not surprising that you would see incidental sexual behavior pretty much only in the breeding season.”

“Even though the national parks are supposed to be icons of a pristine landscape, quite a lot of people are being exposed to ozone levels that could be detrimental to their health,” says study co-author Ivan Rudik, assistant professor of environmental economics at Dyson.

Bart Selman, a professor of computer science at the College of Engineering and an AI expert, says it’s a good idea for Facebook to broaden its reach in AI and take on projects that might not be directly related to the company’s business. The broader the research agenda, the better the labs become, he says.