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Woman Killed by Driverless Car

Tragedy struck when a woman was killed by a driverless car. The car was an Uber taxicab, and there was a person in the car (though not driving at the time).

Uber plans to suspend its driverless car project for the time being.

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Virtual Currency, Revisited

Back in 2014, our debate topic was “In the future, all currency should be virtual.” Well, Israel took a step in that direction, when it passed a law to limit cash transactions between people and stores. They did it to stop different kinds of economic crimes, as well as to make sure the goverment collects all of the taxes to which they are entitled.

Reuters Article

At the same time, bankers around the world met to discuss whether the countries’ central banks (the main governemnt banks) should issue virtual currency at all. They were afraid it could ruin economies and contribute to financing terrorism.

Washington Post Article

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What About Self-driving Trucks?

As we delve deeper into the topic of automated (aka self-driving) cars, we keep running into questions about self-driving trucks. Would the same rules apply? Do we need different laws for trucks than for cars? Which should come first? What about all the trucking jobs? We are curious to hear what the teams found out in their research. Round 2 begins next week. Are you ready?!

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Digital Currency a Reality

Well, the kids debated it in 2014, and three years later it is a reality. Look at this sign in a Japanese restaurant on 31st street in Manhattan. They only accept credit and debit cards…no money allowed! Which means that if you wanted to pay for your meal with dollars and coins, or if you are not old enough to have a credit/debit card, or if your credit card was turned down, etc., etc., you have to go to another restaurant. Bad luck if you are craving sushi!

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Sanctuary Cities

The debate is over, but we just now came across a map showing some of the major sanctuary cities in the U.S.

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Still Debatable

The recent issue of Scholastic Upfront Magazine had an article on whether college athletes should get paid, which was one of last year’s topics.

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This cartoon appeared in Monday’s Wall Street Journal newspaper. Who do you think the “they” refers to?


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Fake News in the News

Here is a story from today’s New York Times about a man who wrote fake news stories during the presidential election. Do you think he will continue to write fake news in the future? Why or why not?



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Hoax Photos

Can you tell which photographs are real and which are fake? Some pictures are realistic-looking, but are still false. Maybe a graphic artist used the program Adobe Photoshop to make changes to a photograph on the computer? Download this file, from Authentication Beyond the Classroom, for examples.

Jackalope picture from

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