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Microsoft's president says liberal arts majors are necessary for the future of tech

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Microsoft believes that lessons from a liberal arts education are necessary for the proper development of AI. In 2011, Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates told a panel of American governors that a liberal arts education would hold back college graduates in the modern economy. A few days later, late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs declared that "it's technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing." Seven years later, Gates' company is siding with Jobs. Microsoft president Brad Smith and EVP of AI and research Harry Shum wrote in their new book "The Future Computed" that "one of the most important conclusions" of Microsoft's recent research into artificial intelligence is that lessons from liberal arts will be critical to unleashing the full potential of AI.


How Will Machine Translators Change Language Learning?

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The code has been copied to your clipboard. Some machines can take something written in one language and give users the same or similar wording in another language. These machines are designed to do this kind of work quickly and without mistakes. Some of the devices are so small they can be carried around the world. The quality of translation software programs has greatly improved in recent years, thanks to new, fast-developing technologies.


How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Business Education In 2018

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The robots will rise in business education in 2018, according to the world's top deans. BusinessBecause's annual forecasting article found that business school heads see artificial intelligence (AI) as one of the trends having the biggest impact on management education in the year ahead. Francisco Veloso, dean of Imperial College Business School in London says: "Digital and AI are rapidly changing the way we live and work in significant ways, so I expect to see schools placing a stronger focus on these areas in 2018." "As businesses transform to keep up with the pace of technological change, schools will need to do more to provide students with the tools they need to undertake careers or start businesses in areas such as blockchain, fintech, crowdfunding, or social innovation," he adds Business schools will also pay more attention to the ethics behind tech innovation, according to Bill Boulding, dean of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in North Carolina. He says: "We can't lose the human element in technological advances or we risk losing the values that anchor our lives.


Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2018 Language learning: Ask AI r...

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Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2018 Language learning: Ask AI researchers what their next big target is, and they are likely to mention language. The hope is that techniques that have produced spectacular progress in voice and image recognition, among other areas, may also help computers parse and generate language more effectively. This is a long-standing goal in artificial intelligence, and the prospect of computers communicating and interacting with us using language is a fascinating one. Better language understanding would make machines a whole lot more useful. But the challenge is a formidable one, given the complexity, subtlety, and power of language.


Artificial Intelligence Studies Abroad At Elite Law School

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Law students in the United States usually get a healthy dose of legal technology infused into their educations to prepare them for the future of law practice. Since most legal technology education, research, and innovation tends to happen here, students studying law in foreign countries may be at a disadvantage. One elite law school is trying to make sure its students don't get left behind. China's Peking University Law School has partnered with Gridsum, a cloud-based analytics platform, to create a research center that will focus on how artificial intelligence could be used in China's legal system. Gridsum will provide the technical and research backbone to the center as part of the partnership, drawing in part from AI technology developed for the company's "Faxin Wei Su" tool, a litigation service operating on Chinese communication platform WeChat's micro application platform.


An AI Framework to Teach English as a Foreign Language: CSIEC

AI Magazine

Its multiple functions-- including grammar-based gap-filling exercises, scenario show, free chatting, and chatting on a given topic--can satisfy the various requirements for students with different backgrounds and learning abilities. After a brief explanation of the conception of the dialogue system, as well as a survey of related works, I will illustrate the system structure and describe its pedagogical functions with the underlying AI techniques, such as natural language processing and rulebased reasoning, in detail. I will summarize the free Internet usage within a six-month period and its integration into English classes in universities and middle schools. The evaluation findings about the class integration show that the chatting function has been improved and frequently utilized by users, and the application of the CSIEC system on English instruction can motivate learners to practice English and enhance their learning process. Finally, I will conclude with potential improvements.


A Review of Statistical Language Learning

AI Magazine

Several factors have led to the increase in interest in this field, which is heavily influenced by techniques from speech processing. One major factor is the recent availability of large online text collections. Another is a disillusionment with traditional AIbased approaches to parsing and natural language processing (NLP). Charniak is recognized as a distinguished contributor to what he calls traditional AI NLP, which is why it is all the more significant that in the Preface, when speaking of his recent transition to the statistical approach, he writes … few, if any, consider the traditional study of language from an artificial-intelligence point of view a "hot" area of research. A great deal of work is still done on specific NLP problems, from grammatical issues to stylistic considerations, but for me at least it is increasingly hard to believe that it will shed light on broader problems, since it has steadfastly refused to do so in the past.


Do L.A. Unified's daily random searches keep students safe, or do they go too far?

Los Angeles Times

L.A. Unified requires daily random searches for weapons using metal-detector wands at all of its middle and high school campuses, including Hamilton High. L.A. Unified requires daily random searches for weapons using metal-detector wands at all of its middle and high school campuses, including Hamilton High. Kevin Castillo was in his freshman year at Hamilton High School when administrators carrying hand-held metal detectors interrupted his English class to conduct a random search. They asked a student to pick a number between 1 and 10. The student chose 7, so every seventh person in the class had to gather up belongings and step out of the classroom.


Interactive Language Learning - The Stanford Natural Language Processing Group

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Today, natural language interfaces (NLIs) on computers or phones are often trained once and deployed, and users must just live with their limitations. Allowing users to demonstrate or teach the computer appears to be a central component to enable more natural and usable NLIs. Examining language acquisition research, there is considerable evidence suggesting that human children require interactions to learn language, as opposed to passively absorbing language, such as when watching TV (Kuhl et al., 2003, Sachs et al., 1981). Research suggests that when learning a language, rather than consciously analyzing increasingly complex linguistic structures (e.g. In contrast, the standard machine learning dataset setting has no interaction.


Microsoft taps AI for language learning app - Mobile World Live

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Microsoft took the wraps off a language learning app it described as "an always available, artificially intelligent" assistant. The app, Microsoft Learn Chinese, uses speech and natural language processing technology to enable learners to practice speaking the language. It uses "a suite of AI tools such as deep neural networks that have been tuned…to recognise what the language learners are trying to say and evaluate the speakers' pronunciation". Users get feedback in the form of scores, along with highlighted words which need improvement and links to sample audio to hear proper pronunciation. The machine-learning and neural networks powering the service are language-independent, Microsoft said.