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Episode 2: A Conversation with Oren Etzioni

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Our first project is the Aristo project, and that's about building a computer program that's able to answer science questions of the sort that we would ask a fourth grader, and now we're also working with eighth-grade science. It turns out, paradoxically, that things that are relatively easy for people are really quite hard for machines, and things that are hard for people--like playing Go at world championship level--those are actually relatively easy for the machine. Certainly our goal is to give it the background knowledge and understanding ability to be able to answer those types of questions, which combine both basic knowledge, basic reasoning, and enough understanding of language to know that, when you say "a nickel," you're not referring to the metal, but you're referring to a particular coin, with a particular size, and so on. And it's really a much harder AI problem to answer fourth-grade science questions than it is to solve Go.


How Artificial Intelligence Will Change School Forever

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No, she's not wielding a crystal ball; instead, she has AI-powered software to study your child's learning habits and social interactions through a combination of cognitive modeling and machine learning. "Essentially, we're talking about the same sorts of systems that beat the best poker players in the world … being repurposed to understand high school students," says Ming, explaining how they will help today's pupils build better futures. From AI systems that warn when and where a student will struggle to intelligent personalized tutors, here's a glimpse of education's future. What AI can do in a high school context is … finally focus on the core of any high school experience -- coming to understand your emotions and your relationship to your world; coming to understand metacognition, your own thought processes; and being able to self-assess and structure your plans.


Love of anime prompts young Filipinos to pursue Japanese studies in select high schools

The Japan Times

The Filipino Department of Education started offering the Japanese language and culture program to high school students in 2009, together with Spanish and French, to prepare young Filipinos for both local and international opportunities that would require communicative competence in a second foreign language, after English. When the education department decided to introduce the Japanese program, it partnered with Japan Foundation Manila to train Filipino teachers, a task that proved challenging. Franza and Chee of Makati Science High School won third place, representing their school as a pair, during a Japanese quiz bee earlier this year. Agreeing that the program helps foster better relations between the Philippines and Japan, Education Secretary Briones said, "Young people connect to young people, everywhere.


Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li Want to Liberate AI from "Guys With Hoodies"

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From the chair next to her, Melinda Gates affirms this, adding, "If we don't get women and people of color at the table -- real technologists doing the real work -- we will bias systems. I sat down with Gates and Li last week at Stanford University to talk about how to make AI research more appealing to women, why hoodies shouldn't be tech's status symbol, and what it takes to work in AI. It was a pilot program called SAILORS, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab Outreach Summer Program. AI4All is focusing on spreading a SAILORS model--the education of AI with humanistic mission to diverse students--to different campuses and companies.


Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li Want to Liberate AI from "Guys With Hoodies"

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From the chair next to her, Melinda Gates affirms this, adding, "If we don't get women and people of color at the table -- real technologists doing the real work -- we will bias systems. I sat down with Gates and Li last week at Stanford University to talk about how to make AI research more appealing to women, why hoodies shouldn't be tech's status symbol, and what it takes to work in AI. It was a pilot program called SAILORS, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab Outreach Summer Program. AI4All is focusing on spreading a SAILORS model--the education of AI with humanistic mission to diverse students--to different campuses and companies.


How Artificial Intelligence Will Invade Classrooms

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No, she's not wielding a crystal ball; instead, she has AI-powered software to study your child's learning habits and social interactions through a combination of cognitive modeling and machine learning. "Essentially, we're talking about the same sorts of systems that beat the best poker players in the world … being repurposed to understand high school students," says Ming, explaining how they will help today's pupils build better futures. From AI systems that warn when and where a student will struggle to intelligent personalized tutors, here's a glimpse of education's future. What AI can do in a high school context is … finally focus on the core of any high school experience -- coming to understand your emotions and your relationship to your world; coming to understand metacognition, your own thought processes; and being able to self-assess and structure your plans.


Automation And How Investing In Education May Keep The American Dream Alive

Forbes

"In the last decade, despite technology's positive push, measured productivity growth has slowed in 30 of the 31 advanced economies, slowing in the United States from an average annual growth rate of 2.5% in the decade after 1995 to only 1.0% growth in the decade after 2005," the report states. In the 19th century, the technology powering mass production made it possible for low skilled workers to create products that competed with those produced by highly skilled artisans. The dislocation is expected the most among the least educated: 44% of American workers with less than a high school degree hold jobs made up of highly-automatable tasks while 1% of people with a bachelor's degree or higher hold such a job. The report touts the record-high 83% high school graduation rate during 2013-2014 while acknowledging that in 2013, less than 40% of high school graduates were college ready (this fact is further evidenced by the high college dropout rates).


This Chicago High School Student Uses Artificial Intelligence to Make Smarter Breast Cancer Diagnoses

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To help take human error out of diagnosing breast cancer, a Chicago high school student wants to use artificial intelligence software to help doctors make more informed treatment decisions and give patients a more accurate diagnosis. The startup uses machine learning and big data to create a faster and more accurate ways of diagnosing cancerous tumors, says Qader, with the goal of saving lives and preventing unnecessary spending on treatment. And Qader added that while some companies are building entirely new machines to provide this same type of artificial intelligence, GliaLab works with the devices doctors already use, which helps keep the price down for patients. In the future, the startup plans to partner with companies that make imaging machines so GliaLab can embed its software in their devices, and it plans to expand its AI beyond just breast cancer diagnoses.