Higher Education


How artificial intelligence is transforming higher education

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When we talk about artificial intelligence, we often envisage a suite of robots performing tasks, transferring labour from humans to machines. Within higher education, the AI revolution has arrived in a different, inconspicuous form – but just because we do not notice it, it doesn't mean its impact will be any less. Sebastian Distefano, worldwide higher education development manager at Adobe, stressed this point during his presentation at the session "AI-ready: building digital talent in an age of automation", which took place at THE Live 2019. A passionate advocate of digital literacy and creativity in the classroom, Adobe wants to challenge the idea that creativity will be a bridge too far for AI. "What we are reading about today is that creativity is the one skill that AI is not going to be able to master – and if it does master it, it might be the very last thing it can actually do," Mr Distefano said.


As humanity's relationship with AI grows, experts call for protective framework Imperial News Imperial College London

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Scientists have proposed a new international framework to keep ethics and human wellbeing at the forefront of our relationship with technology. From gene therapy and AI-predicted disease to self-driving cars and 3D printing, advances in technology can improve health, free up time, and boost efficiency. However despite the best intentions of its creators, technology might lead to unintended consequences for individual privacy and autonomy. There's currently no internationally agreed-upon regulation about who, for example, has access to the data recorded by black boxes in cars, smart TVs and voice enabled personal assistants - and recent findings have shown that technology can be used to influence voting behaviour. Now, Imperial College London researchers have suggested a new regulatory framework with which governments can minimise unintended consequences of our relationship with technology.


UNT will offer Texas' only Master of Science in artificial intelligence in fall 2020

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Artificial Intelligence applications are expanding into nearly every area of industry including government services, transportation, healthcare, cybersecurity, autonomous systems, finance and more. Forbes includes artificial intelligence as one of the "Hottest Career Paths of 2020 and Beyond." In order to meet the increasing demand for AI professionals, the University of North Texas, a Tier One research university, is offering the only Master of Science degree in artificial intelligence in Texas and one of only a few programs nationwide. The new degree offers students the choice of three concentrations: machine learning, autonomous systems and biomedical engineering. Students will be able to take classes that allow them to explore specific interests in AI and leave the program with marketable skills.


Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Computer Science - Copenhagen Campus

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The Department of Computer Science at Aalborg University's Technical Faculty of IT and Design is looking to appoint a number of Assistant Professors (tenure-track) for its new group at the university's Copenhagen Campus, commencing September 1, 2020 or soon thereafter. In 2020, the Department of Computer Science will begin building a new research group at Aalborg University's Copenhagen Campus. The group will be responsible for the newly approved bachelor's and master's educations in "Software" and will over time build its own research profile and capacity. The Copenhagen group will build upon, and contribute to the Department's broad range of synergistic activities within research and education in the general area of computer science, including curiosity-driven research and targeted research in collaboration with industrial partners, as well as traditional university education, with a unique problem- and project-based focus, and continued education and knowledge dissemination. As Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the Copenhagen Campus you are expected to deliver teaching of an international standard on the new Software education commencing in September 2020.


Robot Analysts Outwit Humans on Investment Picks, Study Shows

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They beat us at chess and trivia, supplant jobs by the thousands, and are about to be let loose on highways and roads as chauffeurs and couriers. Now, fresh signs of robot supremacy are emerging on Wall Street in the form of machine stock analysts that make more profitable investment choices than humans. At least, that's the upshot of one of the first studies of the subject, whose preliminary results were released in January. Buy recommendations peddled by robo-analysts, which supposedly mimic what traditional equity research departments do but faster and at lower costs, outperform their flesh-and-blood counterparts over the long run, according to Indiana University professors. "Using this type of technology to make investment recommendations or to conduct investment analyses is going to become increasingly important," Kenneth Merkley, an associate professor of accounting and one of the authors, said by phone.


What Artificial Intelligence Is Not - BLARB

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Artificial intelligence is not one thing. Artificial intelligence is not an algorithm. An algorithm is a set method for completing a task. Typically, we talk about algorithms that are implemented by a computer and written in computer code. But algorithms can also be written in math, like the quadratic formula or the equation to calculate area of a circle; or they can be written in natural language, like a chocolate chip cookie recipe or instructions for assembling a desk.


If you're interested in artificial intelligence, this event might be for you Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

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Jefferson Lab is hosting an A.I. Hack-A-Thon for those interested in learning about artificial intelligence. The purpose is to generate interest in A.I. in the field of nuclear physics by giving participants a free, hands on experience, according to the news release. The event is free and open to the public. The deadline to register is Friday. "The last 10 years have seen explosive growth in the field of A.I." according to the news release.


Poets&Quants Carrying The Torch Of Disruption Forward

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Clayton Christensen, author of The Innovator's Dilemma and a Harvard Business School professor, died last month. Normally, this word suggests a negative connotation. The talkative student was disruptive to the rest of the class, or the reckless driver was disruptive to the flow of traffic. Dictionary.com lists the following words as related to disruptive: upsetting, disturbing, troublesome, rowdy, troublemaking. Yet this word is used routinely in society and business, often with a positive, or at least neutral, connotation.


IESE Business School Launches Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Management Initiative

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IESE Business School has launched a new Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Management Initiative, a multidisciplinary project that will look at how artificial intelligence is impacting management, and prepare executives to put Al to use in their companies in an ethical and socially responsible way. Artificial intelligence, like electricity a century ago, is a general purpose technology that will touch every sphere of economic activity. That places new demands on managers to adapt to the changing competitive landscape, to transform their organizations, and to ensure that employees – and themselves -- have the skills required. IESE's new Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Management Initiative will meet those needs for research and education efforts by: "AI is as much a management challenge as it is a technological challenge," said Dean Franz Heukamp. "With this initiative we want to help current and future managers, as well as policy makers, face the challenges AI presents, enabling them to shape the ways AI is used and ensure that it's a force for good in society."


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence at The Open University

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The Open University is the UK's largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence to join the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics. The candidate will work in one or more of the topics of central importance to the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, with special attention to workplace communication and/or the interface between social media and AI. The successful candidate will have a master's degree or equivalent in linguistics or a related field, at Senior Lecturer level you will also have a PHD or equivalent in interactional linguistics, preferably ethnomethodological conversation analysis and/or interactional linguistics. Evidence of an emerging research profile in AI and human communication is also essential for this post.