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AI doesn't see the colour of your collar - Khaleej Times

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The kindergarten students who entered the school gate for the first time in 2017 will be graduating by 2030. These students and the young people to finish school over the next two decades will be the workers of 2040. Developments in AI are one of a number of interrelated --megatrends-- changing the nature of the labour markets across the world. The profound changes ahead demand an education approach that will provide young people with enduring capabilities and skills to harness the opportunities of technological change. There is significant uncertainty about the full impact of artificial intelligence and automation on employment but the effects are already starting to be felt.


Institute for Data, Systems, and Society to launch new MicroMasters and PhD programs

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The MIT Statistics and Data Science Center (SDSC), a part of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), announced two new academic programs today: the MicroMasters program in Statistics and Data Science, and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Statistics, both beginning in the fall. The MicroMasters program, currently under development by MIT faculty, will be offered online through edX. "Digital technologies are enabling us to bring MIT's data science curriculum to learners around the world regardless of their location or socioeconomic status," says Vice President for Open Learning Sanjay Sarma. The curriculum includes foundational knowledge of data science methods and tools, a deep dive into probability and statistics, and opportunities to learn, implement, and experiment with data analysis techniques and machine learning algorithms. "The demand for data scientists is growing rapidly," says Dean for Digital Learning Krishna Rajagopal.


Why Artificial Intelligence Roles Need Cross-Over Skillsets

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Recent research from Britain confirms what many people in enterprises already know, artificial intelligence (AI) is going to profoundly change the workplace. However, unlike previous research, the findings contained in the AI in the UK: Ready, willing and able? This workplace will be one where AI enhances and creates many new jobs, but also one where retraining is not just an occasional event, but something that is ongoing and continuous as AI changes the way we work. The report has a very specific focus through. It outlines what the authors believe are the opportunities for the United Kingdom in an AI-driven world and what the UK government needs to do to turn the workplace change to the advantage of its citizens.


The Classroom of Tomorrow Takes its Cues From Tech Startups

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The experimental classroom is part of a wave of so-called maker spaces popping up at schools across the country. They're designed to facilitate complex play--open-ended, thought-provoking activities that involve tinkering and engineering with no "right" answer. According to Donna Ross, an associate professor of science education at San Diego State University, research suggests that these activities foster problem-solving, critical thinking and team-building skills--all attributes valued by today's employers. As screen time and highly structured activities have colonized children's off hours, "we're trying to build [complex play] into the formal school day," Ross said. The $200,000 space at Haine was funded by a state grant and opened in September; almost 1,500 students in kindergarten through sixth grade use it each week.


Artificial intelligence proves beneficial for ISR data interpretation

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The 526th Intelligence Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, hosted an Artificial Intelligence and Design Thinking seminar at AFWERX Vegas. Ian, superintendent of the 9th Intelligence Squadron at Beale AFB, California, introduced more than 100 Airmen, contractors and Department of Defense employees to the fundamentals of design thinking, artificial intelligence and cutting-edge computer technology. "I want to expose you to the way we do business in (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) and empower you to be part of the conversation," said event coordinator Senior Master Sgt. Amy, superintendent of the 526th IS, to the group of attendees. "Hopefully, as the concepts becomes less intimidating, they will stimulate a culture of curiosity within you that makes you want to learn more and dig deeper."


China's children are its secret weapon in the global AI arms race

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Late on the night of October 4, 1957, Communist Party Secretary Nikita Khrushchev was at a reception at the Mariinsky Palace, in Kiev, Ukraine, when an aide called him to the telephone. The Soviet leader was gone a few minutes. When he reappeared at the reception, his son Sergei later recalled, Khrushchev's face shone with triumph. "I can tell you some very pleasant and important news," he told the assembled bureaucrats. "A little while ago, an artificial satellite of the Earth was launched."


Machines learned to assemble IKEA's semi-disposable furniture

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Singaporean scientists have asked the question "Can robots assemble an IKEA chair?" and come back with enough of a "Yes" that The Register feels it time to call for robots to take this job away from humans. Take this job away from us! The boffins behind this breakthrough, assistant professor Pham Quang Cuong and a team of students, all of Nanyang Technological University, were cognizant of previous attempts at unpacking flat-pack kit that had used bespoke kit. So they instead used off-the-shelf robots and open-source code like the Point cloud library and gave them the job of assembling a "STEFAN" chair. As the video below shows, the bots clearly know Bob The Builder's couplet: "Can we build it?


16 Free Machine Learning Books

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The following is a list of free books on Machine Learning. A Brief Introduction To Neural Networks provides a comprehensive overview of the subject of neural networks and is divided into 4 parts –Part I: From Biology to Formalization -- Motivation, Philosophy, History and Realization of Neural Models,Part II: Supervised learning Network Paradigms, Part III: Unsupervised learning Network Paradigms and Part IV: Excursi, Appendices and Registers. A Course In Machine Learning is designed to provide a gentle and pedagogically organized introduction to the field and provide a view of machine learning that focuses on ideas and models, not on math. The audience of this book is anyone who knows differential calculus and discrete math, and can program reasonably well. An undergraduate in their fourth or fifth semester should be fully capable of understanding this material.


Five ways artificial intelligence will shape the future of universities

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming many human activities ranging from daily chores to highly sophisticated tasks. But unlike many other industries, the higher education sector has yet to be really influenced by AI. Uber has disrupted the taxi sector, Airbnb has disrupted the hotel industry and Amazon disrupted first the bookselling sector, then the whole retail industry. It is only a matter of time then until the higher education sector undergoes a significant transformation. Within a few short years, universities may well have changed beyond all recognition.


Lego League returns to space with two robotics kits for competitions

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If you got excited for the Women of NASA and Saturn V rocket Lego sets, you'll dig this new offering from the building brick company from Denmark. Lego's education arm just announced two new robotic kits that can be used in the First Lego League series of robotics competitions, the Mission Moon and Into Orbit sets were designed in partnership with astronauts and space experts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Lego league itself. The new robotics kits fit right into Lego League Jr. and Lego League Mindstorms systems, which are made to help kids explore their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. The Mission Moon challenge will reach over 86,000 students ages 6 to 10 from 41 countries around the globe, while the Into Orbit Challenge will offer more than 280,000 kids from age 9 to 16 in almost 90 different countries. The younger kids will build the space-themed model and use Lego's WeDo software to make it move, while the older students will design, build and code the more advanced Mindstorms robot to complete multi-step missions on a playing field.