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As Esports Take Off, High School Leagues Get In The Game

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Assistant Principal Miles Carey oversees a Rocket League practice at Washington-Liberty High School in Arlington, Va. Assistant Principal Miles Carey oversees a Rocket League practice at Washington-Liberty High School in Arlington, Va. Nowadays, if you're a teenager who's good at video games there's a lot more to be had than just a pot of virtual gold. Today, more than 170 colleges and universities participate. Naturally, high schools have followed suit.


VA's AI Tech Sprint yields a tool for matching patients with clinical trials, and more - FedScoop

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A group of high school students was one of the top teams to emerge from the recent AI Tech Sprint by the Department of Veterans Affairs, delivering a web application that could help match cancer patients to clinical trials. The three students from Northern Virginia entered their work in a competition that included software companies like Oracle Healthcare and MyCancerDB. Digital consulting company Composite App took the $20,000 first place prize for its solution -- a tool for helping patients stay on track with their care plan -- but the clinical trials team got an honorable mention. The tech sprint was organized by the VA's new AI institute, and it focused on partnering with outside organizations and companies interested in applying artificial intelligence tools and techniques to VA data. The high school team's members -- Shreeja Kikkisetti, Ethan Ocasio and Neeyanth Kopparapu -- met as part of the Northern Virginia-based nonprofit Girls Computing League.


Veterans demonstrate artificial intelligence to stop active shooters before shots are fired

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A group of veterans inspired by the need to keep schools and public spaces safer have created a new technology they say can detect guns and send out alerts before shots are ever fired. Active shooter situations have played out across the country – a gunman opened fire inside a Florida high school, shots rang out at a Texas Walmart and multiple people were shot to death in an office building in Virginia Beach. The nation's most recent school shooting happened Thursday morning – when a 16-year-old high school student in Santa Clarita, California, opened fire in the campus quad, shooting five classmates and killing two. What if the gun was detected early – so early, the shooter was never able to get inside to hurt anyone? The technology to do that exists, and only WUSA9 was there when it was tested in Northern Virginia.


Udvar Hazy Artificial Intelligence summit attracts 300 students

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About 300 students primarily from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area attended the Girls Computing League's second-ever Artificial Intelligence Summit at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly on Oct. 6 and 7. The summit's organizers, most of whom are still high school students themselves, hoped to make an impact with the two-day event beyond its direct participants. In addition to introducing middle and high school students to artificial intelligence with speeches from professionals in the field as well as hands-on activities, Girls Computing League presented donations to four Fairfax County schools as well as the D.C. Housing Authority so that they can start coding clubs. The Girls Computing League, a nonprofit founded by Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology graduate Kavya Kopparapu, is also contributing funds to host multiple artificial intelligence summits at the college level next year. "It's a mission of Girls Computing League in general to give access to computer science and technology education to those that might not have the opportunity to do so themselves," Girls Computing League chief innovation officer and Kavya's brother Neeyanth Kopparapu said.


New Drone Program To Open Up Career Pathway For Students

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The project named'Enhancing the Region through New Technology for Unmanned Systems,' will implement a new drone technology training program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. This program will open up a career pathway, by enhancing the learning opportunities for high school students and extending to four-year degree attainment through partnerships with other higher-education institutions. This project aims to capitalize on the "Alleghany Highlands Drone Zone Initiative," a business accelerator program to support enterprises in the UAS industry in Alleghany County. "Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) is inspiring the innovative thinking that will help to push Virginia's economy forward," says Governor, Ralph Northam.


Tech's sexist algorithms and how to fix them

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Give us your feedback Thank you for your feedback. Do grills have girlish associations? A study has revealed how an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm learnt to associate women with pictures of the kitchen, based on a set of photos where the people in the kitchen were more likely to be women. As it reviewed more than 100,000 labelled images from around the internet, its biased association became stronger than that shown by the data set -- amplifying rather than simply replicating bias. The work by the University of Virginia was one of several studies showing that machine-learning systems can easily pick up biases if their design and data sets are not carefully considered.


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Colonial Beach Teen Tops in State With Rubik's Cube

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The son of Paul Christie and Sonya Stagnoli, Ben and his sister Bella are home-schooled students who also take college courses. He'll graduate with an associate's degree from Germanna Community College next spring, at about the same time that he receives his high school diploma. She takes classes at Rappahannock Community College.


An Artificial Intelligence Kanye West Now Exists

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As Quartz reports, a West Virginia teenager has created an artificial intelligence emcee whose style is based entirely on Kanye West's body of work. "All of the sudden I had a week to make a neural network that could rap," Barrat explained to Quartz. A self-taught programmer, Barrat cooked up most of the code for his digital lyricist in the course of one afternoon; it only took him a few extra days to complete the effort. The West Virginia teen's AI rapper takes its cues from 6,000 different Kanye West lines and is able to produce its own bars and flows like a traditional artist would. "Originally it just rearranged existing rap lyrics, but now it can actually write word-by-word," Barrat says.


'Three black teenagers': anger as Google image search shows police mugshots

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A simple Google image search highlighted on Twitter has been said to highlight the pervasiveness of racial bias and media profiling. "Three black teenagers" was a trending search on Google on Thursday after a US high school student pointed out the stark difference in results for "three black teenagers" and "three white teenagers". Kabir Alli of Virginia posted a clip to Twitter of himself carrying out a straightforward search of "three black teenagers", which overwhelmingly turns up prisoners' mugshots. He and others erupt in laughter when the result for "three white teenagers" show stock photos of smiling, wholesome-looking young people. The tweet has been retweeted by more than 60,100 users and favourited nearly 55,500 times since it was posted on Tuesday – but Alli's video was later reposted by World Star Hip Hop, an entertainment website with an enormous following on social media.