Currently in Philadelphia — May 19th, 2022

Early morning showers, then clearing and warmer

The weather, currently.

The weather forecast for Thursday in the City of Philadelphia is for scattered showers mainly before sunrise. A few showers could linger into the morning commute, so be prepared for wet roadways and possible longer than normal travel times. After that, the clouds move out and it turns into a mostly sunny day with warmer temperatures. This will be the start of a four day period with warmer than normal temperatures. We may see record high temperatures on Saturday and/or Sunday. For today, temperatures around sunrise will be in the upper 50s and afternoon high temperatures will reach the lower 80s. After a slow start, much of the day will have plenty of sunshine. Once again, great for solar power, not so great for unprotected skin. Remember to use plenty of sunscreen if you will be working outdoors.

Gary Szatkowski

What you need to know, currently.

Currently published a story today by Priya Shukla on the U.S. Border Patrol’s latest recruits — those creepy robot dogs. The AI equipped robots are being rolled out partially because of severe weather, which continues to worsen due to climate change.

“The use of so-called robot dogs at the border raises several ethical issues,” Saif Shahin, Assistant Professor of Digital Culture at Tilburg University, told Currently. “It’s a violation of privacy. The sensors on these robots are likely to collect various kinds of information about individuals near the border without their knowledge or consent.”

“Supposedly the robots will be used in instances of alleged criminal activity, though it is unclear what their role will be exactly,” writes Shukla. “Equipped with high-end cameras and a suite of sensors, these four-limbed vehicles are not that far off from the gun-toting ones that debuted at last year’s Association of the United States Army conference. But, what is key to their design, is that they are capable of navigating higher temperature areas that are perilous for CBP staff.”

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