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Families of Oxford High School shooting victims react after board again rejects independent investigation

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The parents of several Oxford High School students, including deceased Tate Myre, have filed a lawsuit against shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley, his parents and school staff. The parents of two victims of the Nov. 30, 2021, shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan are demanding more transparency from the Oxford Community School District after the board voted against moving forward with an independent investigation into the tragedy last fall. The Oxford Board of Education on Tuesday announced that the district has, for the second time, declined an offer from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to conduct a third-party investigation into the school shooting with the goal of determining how shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley, 15, managed to kill four students and injure seven others last fall. "To me, this is an admission of guilt," Buck Myre, father of deceased 16-year-old Tate Myre, said during a Thursday press conference. "They know that things didn't go right that day, and they don't want to stand up and fix it. They're going to hide behind governmental immunity and they're going to hide behind insurance and the lawyers. What's this teach the kids? "We just want accountability," he added later when asked why an independent investigation is important to parents. Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald revealed in December 2021 that school officials met with Crumbley and his parents to discuss violent drawings he created just hours before the deadly rampage. The 15-year-old suspect was able to convince them during the meeting that the concerning drawings were for a "video game." His parents "flatly refused" to take their son home. The shooting has also resulted in several lawsuits, including two that seek $100 million in damages each, against the school district and school employees on behalf of the family of two sisters who attend the school. Ethan Robert Crumbley, 15, charged with first-degree murder in a high school shooting, poses in a jail booking photograph taken at the Oakland County Jail in Pontiac, Michigan. Myre and Meghan Gregory, the mother of 15-year-old Keegan Gregory, who survived the shooting but witnessed and was traumatized by Crumbley's rampage, are suing the shooting suspect's parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, as well as school staff for negligence. JENNIFER CRUMBLEY, ETHAN CRUMBLEY'S MOTHER, SENT OMINOUS TEXTS ON DAY OF SHOOTING: 'HE CAN'T BE LEFT ALONE' "They're the ones that know what happened that day.


DeepMind's new AI system can perform over 600 tasks – TechCrunch

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The ultimate achievement to some in the AI industry is creating a system with artificial general intelligence (AGI), or the ability to understand and learn any task that a human can. Long relegated to the domain of science fiction, it's been suggested that AGI would bring about systems with the ability to reason, plan, learn, represent knowledge, and communicate in natural language. Not every expert is convinced that AGI is a realistic goal -- or even possible. Gato is what DeepMind describes as a "general-purpose" system, a system that can be taught to perform many different types of tasks. Researchers at DeepMind trained Gato to complete 604, to be exact, including captioning images, engaging in dialogue, stacking blocks with a real robot arm, and playing Atari games. Jack Hessel, a research scientist at the Allen Institute for AI, points out that a single AI system that can solve many tasks isn't new.


The "Hello World" of Tensorflow - KDnuggets

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Tensorflow is an open-source end-to-end machine learning framework that makes it easy to train and deploy the model. It consists of two words - tensor and flow. A tensor is a vector or a multidimensional array that is a standard way of representing the data in deep learning models. Flow implies how the data moves through a graph by undergoing the operations called nodes. It is used for numerical computation and large-scale machine learning by bundling various algorithms together.


Everything You Need to Know About Tensors - KDnuggets

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TensorFlow is the go-to library for most machine learning model developers. It comes with the ease of providing standard Keras API to allow users to build their own neural networks and is equally prevalent in research and commercial applications. A tensor is a multi-dimensional array of elements with a single data type. It has two key properties – shape and the data type such as float, integer, or string. TensorFlow includes eager execution where code is examined step by step making it easier to debug.


Deep Learning For Compliance Checks: What's New? - KDnuggets

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Natural Language Processing (NLP) has long played a significant role in the compliance processes for major banks around the world. By implementing the different NLP techniques into the production processes, compliance departments can maintain detailed checks and keep up with regulator demands. All of these areas can benefit from document processing and the use of NLP techniques to get through the process more effectively. Certain verification tasks fall beyond the realm of using traditional, rules-based NLP systems. This is where deep learning can help fill these gaps, providing smoother and more efficient compliance checks. There are several challenges that make the rules-based system more complicated to use when undergoing check routines.


IIT Roorkee Offers 5-Month Online Course on Data Science & Machine Learning

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The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee is offering a five-month online course on data science and machine learning (ML). The course is conducted by Imarticus Learning in association with iHUB DivyaSampark to enable candidates to leverage data Science and ML for effective decision-making. Prof Sudeb Dasgupta, project director of iHUB DivyaSampark said in a press release, "We bring iHUB DivyaSampark's expertise in building outstanding programs with IITs and Imarticus' technical expertise to deliver an outstanding learning experience through a holistic approach. Together, we envision creating a skilled workforce for innovation and digital growth." For more information, go through the brochure.


Building a new developer workforce: How coding is helping an entire region retrain for the future

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Damian Radcliffe is a digital analyst, journalist, and researcher with 20 years of experience. As Middle East nations look to pivot from petro-chemical to knowledge-based economies, skilling up the region's IT and tech workforce is growing in importance. While high-profile spending on infrastructure and startups tends to dominate the headlines, a number of efforts designed to build IT skills and capacity are also underway, with coding being one area seeing considerable investment. According to Salim Abid, Google's regional lead of developer ecosystem in MENA, Google trained more than 700,000 developers across MENA in 2021, 35% of whom were women. Participants were trained by Googlers and Google Developer Experts; local experts that joined events organised by Google Developer Groups, Women Techmakers communities, Google Developers Students clubs and other local organisations.


Look behind the curtain: Don't be dazzled by claims of 'artificial intelligence'

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We are presently living in an age of "artificial intelligence" -- but not how the companies selling "AI" would have you believe. According to Silicon Valley, machines are rapidly surpassing human performance on a variety of tasks from mundane, but well-defined and useful ones like automatic transcription to much vaguer skills like "reading comprehension" and "visual understanding." According to some, these skills even represent rapid progress toward "Artificial General Intelligence," or systems which are capable of learning new skills on their own. Given these grand and ultimately false claims, we need media coverage that holds tech companies to account. Far too often, what we get instead is breathless "gee whiz" reporting, even in venerable publications like The New York Times.


Data Science & Deep Learning for Business 20 Case Studies

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Welcome to the course on Data Science & Deep Learning for Business 20 Case Studies! This course teaches you how Data Science & Deep Learning can be used to solve real-world business problems and how you can apply these techniques to 20 real-world case studies. Traditional Businesses are hiring Data Scientists in droves, and knowledge of how to apply these techniques in solving their problems will prove to be one of the most valuable skills in the next decade! "I'm only half way through this course, but i have to say WOW. It's so far, a lot better than my Business Analytics MSc I took at UCL. The content is explained better, it's broken down so simply. Some of the Statistical Theory and ML theory lessons are perhaps the best on the internet! "It is pretty different in format, from others.