1. Trump Breaks Twitter Blackout
Normally a prolific and, some might argue, dangerous user of Twitter, President Trump broke his 40-hour silence on the social media platform with “Good Morning, Have A Great Day!” followed by a second tweet a few minutes later with his familiar battle cry: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” in all capital letters. The Mueller Report found no Trump-Russia conspiracy. Speaking with barely concealed fury, Trump told reporters, “It’s a shame that our country had to go through this. To be honest, it’s a shame that your president has had to go through this.” “There was no collusion with Russia,” he declared. “There was no obstruction and — none whatsoever. And it was a complete and total exoneration.”
2. Bezos Gains $8B Amid Tabloid Drama
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made headlines this week after the Wall Street Journal revealed that Bezos’ racy texts to his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, were sold by her brother, Michael Sanchez, to the National Enquirer for $200,000. But behind the tabloid drama, the world’s richest man got nearly $8.4 billion richer in seven days. Amazon’s share price rose 7.9%, boosting Bezos’ fortune to $145.3 billion. The 55-year-old CEO owns a 16% stake in the Seattle-based e-commerce giant.
3. Robots to Conduct Job Interviews
A 16-inch tall robot-recruiter named Tengai could be the future of job interviews. Tengai is programmed to conduct every interview the exact same way. She doesn’t engage in pre-interview chit-chat and asks every question in the same tone and order. Tengai then sends a transcript to human employers containing only the interviewee’s answers, eliminating any bias or inherited prejudices. Yes, you can still program her to ask questions like, “It’s July in Orlando, how would you sell Christmas trees?” Check out what Tengai looks like here and see if you agree that it’s a bit unnerving. Tengai is the brainchild of Stockholm’s Furhat Robotics. Kudos to the first job applicant to send their own robot in their place.