Currently in Toronto — May 19th, 2022

Warm, windy and a little wet.

The weather, currently.

It will be warmer tomorrow, with a chance of some showers, but nothing major. Expect a fair amount of clouds as you start up Thursday morning with a comfortable temperature of 7°C. There is a risk of some isolated showers in the morning but it will not be a widespread event, and by early afternoon we will once again see some clearing. The kids will be able to wear shorts to school tomorrow, with a warm wind from the west of 30-50 km/h helping boost our temperature to 21°C. The UV index will be 6 or high.

Thursday Night: Scattered clouds with a low of 11°C.

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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.”

Click here to read the full story.