5 Things We’re Reading this Week: July 22

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Weekends are the perfect time to step away from the desk—standing or otherwise—and catch up on time spent with friends, family and all of the articles you bookmarked this week but didn’t have time to read.

Photo courtesy of Fast Company

We’re here to add to that list. Dive into the five pieces, locally-focused and not, that we’re reading this week:

Alternative Accelerator:

Inside The Fastest-Growing Accelerator for Women And Minorities
Fast Company
Circular Board, a virtual accelerator founded by a former investment banker Carolyn Rodz boasts large class size, a higher acceptance rate than most accelerators by more than 13%, diverse members, a global perspective and, of course, a virtual meeting space.
Check it out here

Murmuration Spotlight:

Gil Weinberg and the Future of Robotic Music
Leading up to Murmuration Festival, Cortex caught up with leading roboticist Gil Weinberg whose inventions include music-playing androids and intelligent prosthetics that respond to rhythms and beats about the future of of robotic music.
Check it out here

Adopting Innovation:

Learning to Trust a Self-Driving Car
New Yorker
After forty-year-old Tesla driver Joshua Brown was killed in Florida while his Model S was in Autopilot, the pressure is heavier than ever on auto engineers to figure out how they can design a self-driving car that both feels safe but at the same time reminds all drivers neither human nor artificial drivers will be perfect behind the wheel.
Check it out here

Local Commentary:

Missouri Needs to Face its Growth Challenge
STL Today
Citing a analysis done by University of Missouri-Columbia economics professor Joseph Haslag, The Post-Disptach’s David Nicklaus dives into problems with Missouri’s stagnate economy.
Check it out here

AgTech Update:

A Seed Grows In Boston
Boston startup Indigo is testing bacteria, fungi and other tiny organisms’ ability to improve the hardiness of crops. The company has raised $156 million to date rthey say will be used to expand research and development and prep for the release of a product later this year that would target wheat.
Check it out here