Learning Management


4 ways artificial intelligence will shape the future of learning technology

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With the rapid pace of innovation continually disrupting business models, and in many cases entire industries, how will online learning keep up to provide the relevant courseware for today's and tomorrow's workforce? This will be essential for economic growth and to support a thriving, college-educated workforce that's equipped with the very latest knowledge, ideas and technology. In the future, I believe that institutions at the forefront of online education will be recognized via several capabilities which will have digitally transformed today's EdTech market. They will include a powerful combination of omni-channel learning pathways, cognitive courseware, virtual counselors and AI-enabled course development and grading. These innovations, underpinned by artificial intelligence (AI), will help to provide students the ultimate choice in their courseware – including up-to-the-minute courses on high-interest/high-growth subject matter – as well as highly-innovative digital services that support them every step of the way to help maximize their success and personal objectives.


Delayed Bandit Online Learning with Unknown Delays

arXiv.org Machine Learning

This paper studies bandit learning problems with delayed feedback, which included multi-armed bandit (MAB) and bandit convex optimization (BCO). Given only function value information (a.k.a. bandit feedback), algorithms for both MAB and BCO typically rely on (possibly randomized) gradient estimators based on function values, and then feed them into well-studied gradient-based algorithms. Different from existing works however, the setting considered here is more challenging, where the bandit feedback is not only delayed but also the presence of its delay is not revealed to the learner. Existing algorithms for delayed MAB and BCO become intractable in this setting. To tackle such challenging settings, DEXP3 and DBGD have been developed for MAB and BCO, respectively. Leveraging a unified analysis framework, it is established that both DEXP3 and DBGD guarantee an ${\cal O}\big( \sqrt{T+D} \big)$ regret over $T$ time slots with $D$ being the overall delay accumulated over slots. The new regret bounds match those in full information settings.


Artificial Intelligence is the bicycle for our Technology -- My Udacity AMA

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Firstly, Karen Baker and Martin McGovern from Udacity help organize and facilitate this AMA for the life long learners at Udacity. I am deeply thankful to Karen, Martin and Udacity for this opportunity to share the knowledge. QQ: What is the best piece of advice you've ever received in your career? VK: I have got some good advice from books as well as mentors. QQ: What suggestions do you have around building your portfolio?


More Than Powering Robots, AI Is About Connecting People AGE OF ROBOTS Magazine

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I can have a much more meaningful interaction with someone sitting across the table from me than I can with a massive group of people, spread out all over the world, using one message. As social media and technology "connect us" in new ways, we're being driven apart by those messages. Just consider the increasing political divisiveness around the world, at least partially the result of people misunderstanding or talking-past each other. Artificial intelligence promises a lot: self-driving cars, more complex automation, leaps in medical research. Many of these are, however, still far from realization.


The first online course on AI applied to the banking industry - Techfoliance

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Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE) are about to launch AI in Finance (AIF), the first online programme for finance professionals. Despite the growing hype around Artificial Intelligence (AI), many finance professionals are still unfamiliar with the impact it will have on their industry. Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), one of Singapore's leading institutes of higher learning, is partnering with London-based Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE) to launch the first online course to showcase AI applications and use cases in the banking industry. "AI is a technological driving force that no industry can ignore. Some studies estimate that about 50 per cent of today's tasks would be assisted by AI in the next 20 years.


What Is YOUR AI Goal? – Udacity Inc – Medium

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Udacity's School of Artificial Intelligence has officially opened our new Deep Reinforcement Learning Nanodegree program for enrollment, and in doing so, we have completed a whirlwind effort that began at Intersect back in March of this year, when our School of AI was officially unveiled to the world: Today, anyone interested in entering the incredible world of Artificial Intelligence has the opportunity to do so, through the learning portal that is our School of AI. Upon arrival to the school's home page, you are prompted by a simple question: It's actually not that simple a question, of course, but we strive to make it so by offering you clear paths to pursue, depending on your current skills and experience, and your ultimate objectives. Whether you're new to the field, or already a working professional, we offer you a point-of-entry. Whether you want to work at a company focused on AI, or bring new AI techniques to a company that can benefit from them, we offer tailored curriculum to support your journey. Perhaps you're simply a future-minded thinker who sees where the world is headed, and you want to start planning ahead by adding valuable skills to your toolkit now.


Learning Maths for Machine Learning and Deep Learning

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While I did learn a lot of maths while doing my engineering degree, I forgot most of it by the time I wanted to get into Machine Learning. After I graduated I never really had a need for any of the maths. I did a lot of web programming which relied on logic and I can honestly say that with each system with the word'Management' in the title I lost a third of my math knowledge! I've programmed extensions for Learning Management Systems, Content Management Systems and Customer Relationship Management Systems -- I'll leave you to figure out how much math apptitude I had after working with these systems. At the moment I've got good data science skills and can use a variety of ML and DL algorithms.


Artificial Intelligence Has Companies' Interest, But Not Their Cash

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Some 70 percent of companies claim they're using a form of artificial intelligence (A.I.), according to a new report by Constellation Research. That includes machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and cognitive computing. But while companies are interested in what A.I. can potentially do for them, many aren't willing to invest massive amounts of money in the endeavor. Some 92 percent of respondents reported overall A.I. budgets of less than $5 million, with 52 percent paying less than $1 million. However, most plan to increase their A.I.-related spending over the next year.


From Founding One Of The Largest FinTechs To CEO Of The Largest EdTech - Coursera

Forbes Technology

Jeff Maggioncalda was recently named CEO of Coursera. I have interviewed both founders of the company, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, so I was curious about Maggioncalda's perspective on the company, education technology and the massive open online courses more generally, and his own background as an entrepreneur. Regarding the last point, Maggioncalda was previously the CEO of Financial Engines Inc, a company co-founded by economist and Nobel Prize winner William Sharpe and recently sold for $3 billion. During his 18 years as CEO of Financial Engines Inc, Maggioncalda had to pivot three times from his original idea before becoming a success. Financial Engines would go on to beocme the largest independent online retirement advice platform with more than $100b under management.


Get a massive slice of Raspberry Pi courses for only $19

Mashable

In 2012, upon discovering that the number of students wanting to study IT at the University of Cambridge had dwindled dramatically, Eben Upton began brainstorming for a gimmick to increase the number of enrollees. So he came up with the Raspberry Pi. The $35-a-pop minicomputer became an instant hit, sold like hotcakes worldwide, and has prompted the rise of amateur inventors. Innovative projects like voice-activated coffee machines, bow-tie spy cams, and humanoid robots were all spawned by that tiny piece of machinery. And you, too, could get in on the game and start a slew of your own creative projects with the Raspberry Pi.