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Ellen Pao to lead tech diversity effort at Kapor

Fresh from her lawsuit against her old firm, Kleiner Perkins, Pao will take a more forward-looking position with Kapor Capital’s Center for Social Impact. The venture capitalist will lead an effort to drive more women and minorities into tech, and into VC, where women make up 45 percent of the sector but only 11 percent

New $27 million fund wants to know, can AI be ethical?

Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, joined with the Knight Foundation and Omidyar Network to support initiatives promoting ethical frameworks and moral values in artificial intelligence research. The new $27 million Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund will engage social scientists, ethicists, philosophers, faith leaders, economists, lawyers and policymakers in AI research. Hoffman said

Technology will make agriculture better…and more sustainable

Moisture sensors, drones, smart irrigation, terrain contour mapping, self-driving and GPS-enabled tractors. Tech innovations can help farmers feed 9.7 billion by 2050. Investors plowed $1.75 billion into agtech companies in the first half of 2016 to help farms use less water, fewer pesticides and fertilizers and more sunlight.