ENDNOTE: Alma Mater studies the ethics of self-driving cars?




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Heidi Furey is part of a National Science Foundation grant focused on the dilemmas surrounding autonomous vehicles.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi recently said that he wants fully unmanned taxis serving paying customers by mid-2019. But what happens when these driverless cars are on the road?

Heidi Furey, Ph.D., an assistant professor of philosophy at Manhattan College, along with two other philosophers and a civil engineer, are working to answer those questions in a project titled “Ethical Algorithms in Autonomous Vehicles,” supported by a $556,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Since the technology is relatively new, the challenge of working on the ethics of self-driving cars is to anticipate what sort of moral issues will arise as they are introduced and become entrenched in society. Furey and the team’s first step is to map out the ethical terrain – the ethical algorithms – and determine the best way to resolve those issues, working with faculty and students from across different disciplines at the College.

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I guess it’s a worthwhile study project. I’d rather see the Injineers building them. 

I’d be interested to see if they come up with a BNF — Backus-Naur Form is a syntax for describing syntax. It’s used to write a formal representation of a context-free grammar. If that doesn’t sound abstract enough for you, a grammar doesn’t have to be a programming language or even a human language, it can be any syntax that you want to describe. — for the “ethics language”.

(I was really into it when I was writing a cross compiler in my MS Comp Sci-Fi program. I could give headaches talking about it. But now I’m old and stupid.)

As a result, I formulated my meme about dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom).

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JOBIT: Rastatter, Ariel [MC2001 RIP] 2018-Feb-15


Good Afternoon All,

Lou Calvelli and Sarah Schwartz ( A.D. Web Communications, M/C ) have shared the sad news of the death of Fellow Jasper,

Ariel Rastatter ’01 BS. Ariel was called home on February 15, 2018. We pray for Ariel, called home too soon, and the Rastatter Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. Ariel’s Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated today, Saturday, February 17, 2017. We pray that Ariel’s Famiky find peace in the knowledge that Ariel is at peace in God’s Eternal Embrace. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon


Rastatter, Ariel [MC2001 RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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JOBIT: Civetta, Theodore J. [MC1951 RIP] 2018-Feb-14



In Memory of
Theodore J. Civetta

February 3, 1929 – February 14, 2018

Theodore J. Civetta, Sr. died on Wednesday at his home in Scarsdale. He was 89 and had been managing the aftermath of a stroke for several years. 

Ted was born in New York City on February 3, 1929 to Domenica and John Civetta, one of the founders of Civetta Excavating Inc. and John Civetta & Sons, Inc. He obtained a degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College in 1951 and served in the army in 1956. After being stationed in England, he returned home in 1956 to join his father’s construction business. 

For over 50 years Ted was involved in foundation and construction projects that helped shape the New York skyline and played an integral role in shaping some of the largest public infrastructure and private developments in all five boroughs of the city. He was President of the General Contractors Association in 1984 and 1985 and remained active in the construction industry until his stroke. He is succeeded in his family business by his two sons, Ted Jr. and John G., his brother John, and other family members. 

Ted leaves his wife of 64 years, Celestine, their son Theodore Jr., daughter Margaret, son John and his wife Diane; six grandchildren, Genevieve and her husband John Allen, Alexander and his wife Tess Dearing, Vivien and her husband C.J. Slicklen, Nicholas, Christie, and Patrick; step-granddaughter Emily Yankowitz; and two great grandchildren, Beatrice and Rowan. 

A wake will be held on Friday, February 16 from 2-5pm and 6-9pm at the Edwin Bennett Funeral Home, 824 Scarsdale Avenue, Scarsdale, New York. The funeral mass will be held on Saturday, February 17 10AM at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 8 Carman Road, Scarsdale, New York. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps. SVAC
P.O. Box 92 Scarsdale, NY 10583 or visit their website.


Civetta, Theodore J. [MC1951 RIP] 

Guestbook: Same link 

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Good Afternoon All,

It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of Fellow Jasper, Mr. Theodore J. Civetta ‘ Ted ‘ 51 BSCE. Thank you Tom Groark  ’71, Milo Traverso ’81, Tom Mauriello and Lou Calvelli for sharing your thoughts and the sad news with us of the death of this good man.

Tom Groark, Executive Director, The Moles, tells us of Mr. Civetta’s 41 year membership and support of  ‘ The Moles ‘ and Ted’s leadership for many years of the well known John Civetta and Sons, Inc. The Moles is a Fraternal Organization of the Heavy Construction Industry and considered to be the most prestigious organization of its’ kind in the world. Ted Civetta was of a mind with that.

We pray for Ted, his Wife of 64 years, Celestine, and their Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. Ted’s Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated today, February 17, 2018, at Immaculate Mary Church in Scarsdale. The Family have shared the following Obituary.

Thank you all. God Bless.
Phil Colon

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JLINKEDIN: Melendez, Kristina [MC2013] AVP of Underwriting at Plaintiff Servicing Co



Melendez, Kristina [MC2013]
AVP of Underwriting at Plaintiff Servicing Company
Brooklyn, New York

Skilled in cultivating positive relationships with clients and colleagues; particularly adept at communicating with clarity. Strong leadership skills; able to prioritize, delegate tasks, and make sound decisions quickly while maintaining a focus on the bottom line. Fluent in Spanish.

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JFACEBOOK: Athanasidy Patrice Liquori (MC1988) recognised



Patrice Liquori Athanasidy added 6 new photos — with Peter Athanasidy and Charlotte Athanasidy.
February 11 at 8:18am · 

Yesterday I stood at Manhattan’s center court to be recognized by the College’s Bridge Program.

It recognizes faculty who bridge academics and athletics for our student athletes. I am beyond touched and honored. Bonus: the Lady Jaspers beat Fairfield!

I was glad Charlotte and Peter could be there. Kit had a show and Bill has the not flu but it might as well be. Peter took the action shot.

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Athanasidy Patrice Liquori (MC1988)

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JLINKEDIN: Applicant, Mark [MC2010] K9 Handler @ US Army



Applicant, Mark [MC2010]
K9 Handler at US Army
Haven, Kansas

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JNEWS: Tedesco, Michael [MC1991] Honored for Excellence In Education



Westchester Hebrew High School Honors Excellence In Education at Annual Dinner

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Westchester Hebrew High School (“WHHS”), a boutique, Modern Orthodox, co-ed high school serving students from across the tri-state area, held its annual Gala Dinner on Sunday, February 11th, at the JCC of Harrison. Among its honorees were Cindy Sternklar Worenklein and Jay Worenklein, who were given the Tree of Life Award; Evan Azoulay, who received the Alumni Progress Award, and Michael Tedesco, the school’s Director of College Guidance, who was presented with the prestigious Excellence in Education Award.

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Tedesco, born and raised in New Rochelle, graduated from Iona College and earned a Masters from Manhattan College. He began his education career in 1964 as a Religious Education teacher at Holy Family Church, later teaching at Mount St. Michael’s School and serving as a Youth Minister for the five Catholic parishes in New Rochelle before joining New Rochelle High School in 1974. So how does a devout Roman Catholic end up at a Modern Orthodox Jewish high school?

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Tedesco, Michael [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Michael received his Masters in 1991.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Tedesco, Michael [MC1991]

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