Education

The big picture: Harvard's secret admission process revealed in trial

Protestors at Harvard
Protestors at Harvard. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe via Getty Images

The affirmative action trial brought against Harvard by Students for Fair Admissions revealed one of Harvard's deepest secrets — its admissions process.

The intrigue: Before the trial began, they Ivy League school's process had never been disclosed, according to the New York Times reports. But William Fitzsimmons, the dean of admissions, was required to explain details about the process when he was called to testify.

This robot co-taught a course at West Point

Bina48, one of the worlds most advanced social robots. Photo courtesy of Bina48 Facebook page
Bina48, one of the worlds most advanced social robots. Photo courtesy of Bina48 Facebook page

Bina48, the first-ever robot to complete a college course, finished another mission today: It became the first robot to co-teach a university-level class.

Why it matters: The experiment at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point sought to determine if AI can "support a liberal education model," says William Barry, a West Point professor who has been using Bina48 to teach for years.