With the start of a new week, we rounded up the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy on top kitchen gear, amazing Blu-ray players, scary horror movies, and handy Amazon devices. We also have deals on adult learning classes from Udemy. If you ever wanted to learn web design and coding, now is your chance. First up, Amazon has deals on a number of kitchen appliances, such as save $60 on Instant Pot, which is on sale for $119.95, In addition, Whirlpool's 1.7 cubic feet over-the-range microwave is now $90 off and priced at $179.99 at Best Buy.
MIT's move signals two trends in higher education: growing investment in sophisticated technology research and increased fundraising from the private sector. Last year, the university announced plans to partner with IBM on a 10-year, $240 million AI research effort. The resulting MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab is co-located with an IBM research facility in Boston and brings together faculty members and students as well as IBM and university researchers to enhance AI's impact across industries. More recently, IBM partnered with Columbia University to develop research competency in blockchain technology through the Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency. Public institutions are nabbing corporate funding, too.
ESILV engineering students, used to working on real-life cases, put their specific skills at the service of cross-disciplinary teams. Organised by ESILV, French business school IESEG and De Vinci FabLab, this one-day hackathon had over a hundred students from various higher education institutions work together: ESILV, IESEG, Epitech, Institut Mines Télécom and École Polytechnique. Organised in cross-disciplinary teams mixing business schools and engineering schools, the students had a few hours only to present a solution at the end of the day. Throughout the whole process, all teams were supported by professional coaches from Oracle, Accenture, Total, Orange, Cap Gemini to name but a few. In the late afternoon, teams pitched their solutions for each issue in front of jurys.
Four MIT graduate students have been awarded 2018 United States Department of Energy (DoE) Computational Science Graduate Fellowships to address intractable challenges in science and engineering. Nationwide, MIT garnered the most fellowships out of this year's 26 recipients. The fellows receive full tuition and additional financial support, access to a network of alumni, and valuable practicum experience working in a DoE national laboratory. By supporting students like Kaley Brauer, Sarah Greer, William Moses, and Paul Zhang, the DoE aims to help train the next generation of computational scientists and engineers, incite collaboration and progress, and advance the future of the field by bringing more visibility to computational science careers. Kaley Brauer is a graduate student in the Department of Physics.
Earlier this week, Google announced that it was piloting a machine learning intensive for college students. Today, its broader Machine Learning Crash Course is adding a new training module on fairness when building AI. As adoption of machine learning continues, ethics and fairness are very important considerations. While AI can have the "potential to be fairer and more inclusive at a broader scale than decision-making processes based on ad hoc rules or human judgments," there might be underlying biases present in the data used to train these models. Other issues involve insuring that AI is fair in all situations, while more broadly there is "no standard definition of fairness."
Another year has flown by and stores everywhere are yet again full of school supplies, one more useful (or eccentric) than others. The back-to-school season is a stressful season, for students, parents and teachers alike. But stress is a part of life and back-to-school stress is supposed to be worth it: educated kids will turn into smart adults who'll ensure everyone's future. We've only taken just a few steps into the 21st Century, after all. With smartphones in our hands, virtual assistants in our homes and various ed-tech tools in our classrooms, we all rely on technology to make our lives easier during this stressful period.
The size of the AI sector in India is difficult to determine, given that a lot of AI applications are in intermediary phases of production. Globally, one popular means of measuring the size of AI sectors is by adding up private sector investment in AI start-ups. According to one estimate, total AI funding worldwide has increased from $862 million in 2012 to $6.4 billion in 2017.1 The Indian AI sector, too, has seen growth in this period, with a total of $150 million invested in more than 400 companies over the past five years.2 Most of these investments have come in the last two years, when investment nearly doubled from $44 million in 2016 to $77 million in 2017.3 In India, too, the government is spearheading investments in AI and other emerging technologies. In the latest budget, the government set aside $480 million for investment into emerging technologies including AI. This commitment could help put India on the map, as this outlay compares favorably to those of Australia, Canada, and the European Union.5
At 25, Ms Annabelle Kwok has already made a name for herself. Two years ago, she made waves when she co-founded SmartCow, an artificial intelligence (AI) company that came up with an electronic board that could run various AI software. Last year, Ms Kwok left SmartCow and started NeuralBay, a company that focuses on detection and recognition software related to humans, objects and text, and offers AI-driven solutions for multinational corporations. Her clients include an aviation corporation, an automation industry company and chocolate company Ferrero. Ms Kwok traces her interest in tech to a box of Lego bricks with electric cables called Lego Mindstorms, which her parents, who work in banking, bought for her when she was in primary school.
Rather than allowing employee concerns to continue to mount, CTOs should work alongside their counterparts across the wider c-suite to start laying the groundwork for every single human employee to play a more strategic/decision-making role as part of an AI-augmented workforce. When CTOs hear fears of AI replacing jobs over the next few years, their message should be that people are stepping away from the factory floor and into the foreman's office. How can organisations ensure that the adoption of artificial intelligence will drive the desired business outcomes? Kalyan Kumar, Corporate Vice President and CTO at HCL Technologies, provides his insight. When people discuss AI, opinions are usually polarised into one of the two extreme schools of thought – those who believe that AI will make our lives better, and those who are convinced it will accelerate human irrelevance, leading to the loss of jobs.
I honestly can't understand the multiple 5 star reviews presented on this site about the course. I'm giving it a 1 star which is a bit harsh I know but I'm doing it to offset the number of 5 star reviews here. Honestly I think the course deserves something between 2 and 3 stars depending on your approach to it. Yes Prof. Hinton is a leading expert in the field but the course materials and the way they are presented are pretty bad! I honestly can't understand the multiple 5 star reviews presented on this site about the course.