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UGA prepares STEM students for rapidly changing future

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-08 17:25

Aaron Hale, University of Georgia
The number of University of Georgia undergraduate students in STEM disciplines has risen about 20 percent in the past five years. In fall 2018 along, 11,832 (40 percent of the student body) declared a major in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Combine this surge with the recent launch of UGA’s Innovation District and construction beginning on the I-STEM Research Building, one can see the STEM momentum growing on campus. The increase in STEM-related majors matches national trends.

https://www.onlineathens.com/news/20190329/uga-prepares-stem-students-for-rapidly-changing-future

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10 technologies that will impact higher education the most this year

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-08 17:19

Macy Bayern, Tech Republic
Technology is now integral to the learning process for students and professionals. Here are the 10 technologies predicted have the biggest impact on higher ed in 2019. Between online learning and interactive digital classrooms, technology is completely shifting how students are being taught and gaining knowledge. Not only does this technology affect students, but also professionals undergoing corporate trainings or looking for ways to upskill, according to a recent Gartner report.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/10-technologies-that-will-impact-higher-education-the-most-this-year/

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Creating a voice search experience for your brand

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-08 17:15

Emily Alford, ClickZ

Gartner predicts that by 2020, voice search will account for 30% of all web-browsing. Preparing your brand for this unprecedented rise in voice search.  So why are so many consumers clamoring to adopt voice search?  For starters, it’s much simpler to talk to a device than to tap keys or screens. Voice search also makes it much easier for consumers to to find the goods and services they need when they’re driving or otherwise occupied. Easy-to-use voice search is also incredibly appealing to the elderly, people with impaired mobility or sight, and even just younger audiences, who are often quicker to adopt new technologies than their parents.

https://www.clickz.com/creating-voice-search-experience-brand/228146/

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The Dangers of Government-Funded Artificial Intelligence

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-08 17:10

Christian Hubbs, Mises Institute
Artificial Intelligence is widely seen as a strategic technology and has thus engendered national development plans from countries across the globe to promote its progress. For quite some time, the United States has been conspicuously on the sideline. Yes, AI has been hailed as a transformative family of technologies that will bring about a radically improved standard of living for people around the globe. On the other hand, there are numerous potential uses of this technology to inflict incredible harm on individuals, and the risk of abuse becomes greater the more AI research is funded or directed by government agencies. Malinvestment (or “malscience,” in this case) is encouraged by political funding of R&D, and the Pentagon has explicitly stated they seek to use this technology in military applications. Rather than not going far enough, Trump’s Executive Order has already gone too far by explicitly bringing this technology into the political realm because the state is simply too dangerous to grant a leading role in AI development.

https://mises.org/wire/dangers-government-funded-artificial-intelligence

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Is Your Organization Ready to Harness the Potential of AI?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-08 17:05

Harvard Business Review

To become a true AI-fueled organization, a company may need to fundamentally rethink the way humans and machines interact within working environments. Executives must consider how to deploy machine learning and other cognitive tools systematically across every core business process and enterprise operation to support data-driven decision-making. In the end, the whole company must be open to AI driving new offerings and business models. These are not minor steps, but as AI technologies standardize rapidly across industries, becoming an AI-fueled organization will likely be more than a strategy for success—it could be table stakes for survival.

https://hbr.org/sponsored/2019/03/is-your-organization-ready-to-harness-the-potential-of-ai

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Tech giants are seeking help on AI ethics. Where they seek it matters

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-08 17:02

By Dave Gershgorn, Quartz

Tech giants are starting to create mechanisms for outside experts to help them with AI ethics—but not always in the ways ethicists want. Google, for instance, announced the members of its new AI ethics council this week—such boards promise to be a rare opportunity for underrepresented groups to be heard. It faced criticism, however, for selecting Kay Coles James, the president of the conservative Heritage Foundation. James has made statements against the Equality Act, which would protect sexual orientation and gender identity as federally protected classes in the US. Those and other comments would seem to put her at odds with Google’s pitch as being a progressive and inclusive company. (Google declined Quartz’s request for comment.)

https://qz.com/1583989/as-tech-giants-seek-help-on-ai-ethics-where-they-seek-it-matters/

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The Growing Marketplace for AI Ethics

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-04-07 17:25

Forbes

Unfortunately, there’s no industry-standard, best-practices handbook on AI ethics for companies to follow—at least not yet. Some large companies, including Microsoft and Google, are developing their own internal ethical frameworks. A number of think tanks, research organizations, and advocacy groups, meanwhile, have been developing a wide variety of ethical frameworks and guidelines for AI. Below is a brief roundup of some of the more influential models to emerge—from the Asilomar Principles to best-practice recommendations from the AI Now Institute.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/insights-intelai/2019/03/27/the-growing-marketplace-for-ai-ethics/#429648c44c4b

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How will blockchain transform higher ed? Start with credentials

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-04-07 17:20

BY DENNIS PIERCE, eCampus News

At Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), empowering students is an important goal, says Tobe Phelps, senior director of online college. Giving students a permanent, secure digital record of their accomplishments that they can take with them when they graduate aligns perfectly with this objective. “When we issue a diploma to a student, that diploma still belongs to the college, and the student must get a certified copy from us,” Phelps says. “If they try to get a job or move on to another college, all of those (entities) have to come back to us for validation of the student’s credentials.” By using a technology called blockchain, “we’re able to take that certification and give it to the student as an official record they own themselves,” he says. “We can be completely out of the circle.”

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/03/29/how-will-blockchain-transform-higher-ed-start-with-credentials/

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The convergence of 5G and AI: A venture capitalist’s view

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-04-07 17:14

BEN YU, Venture Beat

If AI and 5G had a baby, its name would be “AV.” Autonomous vehicles are essentially data centers on wheels. If you look at them closely, you’ll notice they are loaded with multiple 4G LTE modems, because, with “brains in the device,” they require intelligence at the edge. That requires the rich and rapid movement of data that 5G is uniquely positioned to offer.

But the other thing that excites me about 5G is that it will not only be the protocol that launches a thousand new high-throughput applications and use cases like AVs, it will also drive important new low-bandwidth applications. Put another way, because of the new frequencies opened up by 5G, there will be new opportunities for innovation up and down the spectrum.

https://venturebeat.com/2019/03/31/the-convergence-of-5g-and-ai-a-venture-capitalists-view/

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Creating a voice search experience for your brand

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-04-07 17:09

Emily Alford, ClickZ

Gartner predicts that by 2020, voice search will account for 30% of all web-browsing. Preparing your brand for this unprecedented rise in voice search.  So why are so many consumers clamoring to adopt voice search?  For starters, it’s much simpler to talk to a device than to tap keys or screens. Voice search also makes it much easier for consumers to to find the goods and services they need when they’re driving or otherwise occupied. Easy-to-use voice search is also incredibly appealing to the elderly, people with impaired mobility or sight, and even just younger audiences, who are often quicker to adopt new technologies than their parents.

https://www.clickz.com/creating-voice-search-experience-brand/228146/

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The Growing Marketplace for AI Ethics

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-04-07 17:06

Forbes

Unfortunately, there’s no industry-standard, best-practices handbook on AI ethics for companies to follow—at least not yet. Some large companies, including Microsoft and Google, are developing their own internal ethical frameworks. A number of think tanks, research organizations, and advocacy groups, meanwhile, have been developing a wide variety of ethical frameworks and guidelines for AI. Below is a brief roundup of some of the more influential models to emerge—from the Asilomar Principles to best-practice recommendations from the AI Now Institute.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/insights-intelai/2019/03/27/the-growing-marketplace-for-ai-ethics/#429648c44c4b

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How will blockchain transform higher ed? Start with credentials

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-04-07 17:03

BY DENNIS PIERCE, eCampus News

At Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), empowering students is an important goal, says Tobe Phelps, senior director of online college. Giving students a permanent, secure digital record of their accomplishments that they can take with them when they graduate aligns perfectly with this objective. “When we issue a diploma to a student, that diploma still belongs to the college, and the student must get a certified copy from us,” Phelps says. “If they try to get a job or move on to another college, all of those (entities) have to come back to us for validation of the student’s credentials.” By using a technology called blockchain, “we’re able to take that certification and give it to the student as an official record they own themselves,” he says. “We can be completely out of the circle.”

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/03/29/how-will-blockchain-transform-higher-ed-start-with-credentials/

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Tech firms scramble to make AI unbiased

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-04-06 17:25

IANS | New Delhi

Google, for example has now established an external advisory council to help the tech giant develop AI technology in an ethical and responsible way. E-commerce giant Amazon this month announced that it was working with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to commit up to $10 million each in research grants over the next three years focused on fairness in AI. “We believe we must work closely with academic researchers to develop innovative solutions that address issues of fairness, transparency, and accountability and to ensure that biases in data don’t get embedded in the systems we create,” Prem Natarajan, Vice President of Natural Understanding in the Alexa AI group at Amazon, wrote in a blog post.

https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/tech-firms-scramble-to-make-ai-unbiased-119033100113_1.html

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How AI will save us from the mess of big data

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-04-06 17:20

Elad Walach, the Next Web

We are drowning in data that’s supposed to help us. The big data revolution has come from inexpensive data storage and automated data collection, giving organizations exponentially more data than they had in the past. From business logic data like computer log files to detailed weather patterns, purchasing data to TV viewing, we have access to so much data on how the world works and about the lives and habits of individuals. A lot of this data is just sitting in warehouses, either real or virtual, being ignored or occasionally examined for trends. It’s just too much for people to handle. When it comes to healthcare, advanced new diagnostic techniques mean that more information is collected about patients than ever before.  That’s where AI comes in.

 

https://thenextweb.com/podium/2019/03/31/how-ai-will-save-us-from-the-mess-of-big-data/

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How workplace learning can reduce employee stress

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-04-06 17:15

Smart Brief
American employees are under stress. An estimated 1 million American workers are absent every day due to stress, according to The American Institute of Stress. It’s become a chronic issue for employers as they see increasingly poor health, reduced productivity, and low employee morale in their workplaces.   So what can we do? The answer might be easier than we think: Learning.  It turns out that exerting the effort to learn new skills at work can help reduce workplace stress. That’s according to research done by Professor David Mayer of The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, along with co-authors Chen Zhang and Christopher Myers. They discovered that one of the best ways that professionals can relieve stress is to funnel their efforts into education.

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2019/03/how-workplace-learning-can-reduce-employee-stress

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The convergence of 5G and AI: A venture capitalist’s view

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-04-06 17:11

BEN YU, Venture Beat

If AI and 5G had a baby, its name would be “AV.” Autonomous vehicles are essentially data centers on wheels. If you look at them closely, you’ll notice they are loaded with multiple 4G LTE modems, because, with “brains in the device,” they require intelligence at the edge. That requires the rich and rapid movement of data that 5G is uniquely positioned to offer.

But the other thing that excites me about 5G is that it will not only be the protocol that launches a thousand new high-throughput applications and use cases like AVs, it will also drive important new low-bandwidth applications. Put another way, because of the new frequencies opened up by 5G, there will be new opportunities for innovation up and down the spectrum.

https://venturebeat.com/2019/03/31/the-convergence-of-5g-and-ai-a-venture-capitalists-view/

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Tech firms scramble to make AI unbiased

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-04-06 17:05

IANS | New Delhi

Google, for example has now established an external advisory council to help the tech giant develop AI technology in an ethical and responsible way. E-commerce giant Amazon this month announced that it was working with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to commit up to $10 million each in research grants over the next three years focused on fairness in AI. “We believe we must work closely with academic researchers to develop innovative solutions that address issues of fairness, transparency, and accountability and to ensure that biases in data don’t get embedded in the systems we create,” Prem Natarajan, Vice President of Natural Understanding in the Alexa AI group at Amazon, wrote in a blog post.

https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/tech-firms-scramble-to-make-ai-unbiased-119033100113_1.html

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How AI will save us from the mess of big data

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-04-06 17:02

Elad Walach, the Next Web

We are drowning in data that’s supposed to help us. The big data revolution has come from inexpensive data storage and automated data collection, giving organizations exponentially more data than they had in the past. From business logic data like computer log files to detailed weather patterns, purchasing data to TV viewing, we have access to so much data on how the world works and about the lives and habits of individuals. A lot of this data is just sitting in warehouses, either real or virtual, being ignored or occasionally examined for trends. It’s just too much for people to handle. When it comes to healthcare, advanced new diagnostic techniques mean that more information is collected about patients than ever before.  That’s where AI comes in.

 

https://thenextweb.com/podium/2019/03/31/how-ai-will-save-us-from-the-mess-of-big-data/

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13 Methods For Accelerating The Learning Curve For New Tech Team Members

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-04-05 17:24

Forbes Technology Council

In a growing company, the hiring process alone can be pretty daunting, with a seeming revolving door of new candidates coming in one after the other. There is nothing more relieving than the moment you find an excellent match for an open position. Yet, with each new hire comes a learning curve—no new employee knows all the inner workings of your company. What is the best way to support new tech team members, and why does that specific method work so well? To help you accelerate the new employee learning curve, we asked 13 members of Forbes Technology Council to share their thoughts.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2019/03/29/13-methods-for-accelerating-the-learning-curve-for-new-tech-team-members/#30e3f7e71886

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5 lawsuits that could bring major change to higher ed

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-04-05 17:20

By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
This year is already shaping up to be a momentous one for higher education. In Congress, both parties have indicated reauthorization of the Higher Education Act is a priority. The U.S. Department of Education is underway with regulatory overhauls on how colleges are accredited and how they must handle sexual harassment. And President Donald Trump has made headlines with his recent executive order linking research funding for universities to free speech. Change may also be coming through the third branch of government, the courts. Decisions on several current cases could have far-reaching implications for colleges across the U.S., including whether they can consider race in admissions or penalize students for joining single-gender clubs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/5-lawsuits-that-could-bring-major-change-to-higher-ed/551238/

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