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FAQ on the newly established MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing

MIT News

This set of FAQs offers information about the founding of the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, announced today, and its implications for the MIT community and beyond. Q: What is MIT announcing today that's new? A: Today MIT is announcing a $1 billion commitment to address the global opportunities and challenges presented by the ubiquity of computing -- across industries and academic disciplines -- and by the rise of artificial intelligence. At the heart of this endeavor will be the new MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, made possible by a foundational $350 million gift from Stephen Schwarzman, the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Blackstone, a leading global asset manager. An additional $300 million has been secured for the College through other fundraising.


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.


The school of tomorrow: Designing great spaces to learn NEO BLOG

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I read an interesting article this week, about the future of leisure vs. the future of work, which in a way reflected what I was chatting about in my post about future proofing. The article goes on to posit that leisure-time is going to be an important component of the future, as more and more rote and repetitive jobs get given to AI and possibly robots. The article encourages teachers to consider how the arts, volunteerism, citizenship and self-development could enable the people of the future to make better use of their leisure time to, with a bit of hyperbole, make the world a better place. Having said all of that, apropos of nothing, today's blog is actually about STEM-driven education, (and all the future proofing that entails) and explores what I now realize (after spending an inordinate amount of time researching the subject) is quite a disorganized subject: how does interior design and architecture impact on our ability to study? Traditional classroom layouts (sometimes called the "graveyard layout") have long been identified as a obstacle in addressing different learning modes.


Drones, data science and student design: Department for Education tours Imperial Imperial News Imperial College London

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Provost Ian Walmsley welcomed Education Secretary Damian Hinds to the College's South Kensington Campus The Department for Education's leadership team were given an insight into the College's pioneering research, education and innovation. On Thursday 11 October Provost Ian Walmsley and President Alice Gast welcomed the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP, to the College for the Department for Education board's away day. Before the board meeting began, Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, a number of senior civil servants and non-executive directors from the Department for Education met Provost Ian Walmsley, Vice-Provost (Education) Professor Simone Buitendijk and a number of students and academics from across the College. The visit included tours and demonstrations at the Aerial Robotics Lab, the Carbon Capture Pilot Plant and the Dyson School of Design Engineering. Director Dr Mirko Kovac gave a presentation on the work of the Aerial Robotics Lab at Imperial's Department of Aeronautics.


Working alongside ROBOTS will be part of a new university course

Daily Mail

Working alongside robots will be part of a new university course aimed at students entering careers as carers, therapists and social workers. The new university programme is designed to help people get comfortable working with'social robots' that will be their colleagues in the future, researchers say. A recent survey found that almost 40 per cent of people are afraid that robots will steal their jobs. Earlier this year NHS officials announced that robots will carry out dementia care within 20 years. Working alongside robots will be part of a new university courses aimed at students entering careers as carers.


A Long Goodbye to Baxter, a Gentle Giant Among Robots

WIRED

For a serious research robot, Baxter is a charmer. Its face is a flat screen that telegraphs "feelings" like embarrassment (rosy cheeks, upturned eyebrows). If you're so inclined, you can sit in front of it and make it read your mind to fix its mistakes. Or you can point to objects for it to pick up. If it gets confused, it can actually ask you for clarification, a seemingly simple interaction that's in fact a big deal for the budding field of human-robot communication.


AI is perhaps the biggest revolution of the modern age: Sebastian Thrun

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Mumbai: Sebastian Thrun is a man of many parts. The president and co-founder of e-learning company Udacity, is not only an innovator and computer scientist but also CEO of Kitty Hawk Corporation that makes flying cars and chairman of Cresta.ai--a Germany-born Thrun was earlier a Google VP and Fellow. At Google, he founded Google X and Google's self-driving car team. He is currently also an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University and at Georgia Tech.


The Most Important Skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution? Try Ethics and Philosophy. - EdSurge News

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For those keeping count, the world is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. That's the term coined by Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, to describe a time when new technologies blur the physical, digital and biological boundaries of our lives. Every generation confronts the challenges of preparing its kids for an uncertain future. Now, for a world that will be shaped by technologies like artificial intelligence, 3D printing and bioengineering, how should society prepare its current students (and tomorrow's workforce)? The popular response, among some education pundits, policymakers and professionals, has been to increase access to STEM and computer science skills.


Video Friday: Ladder-Climbing Snake Robot, and More

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

IROS has just ended in Spain but our coverage continues and we'll be bringing you more stories over the next week or two. Today we have a special edition of Video Friday, featuring some of the best videos from the conference. Next week, Video Friday returns to its normal format, so if you have video suggestions, keep them coming as usual. In this paper, we propose a 3D walking and skating motion generation method to achieve sequential walking and skating motion with skateboard and roller skate. For gener- ating the sequential stable skating motion using passive wheel, we must deal with non-coplanar contacts with anisotropic friction.


Showcasing solutions for land, sea, space -- and everywhere in between

MIT News

Aaron Persad hend up a clear cylinder with filled with water. The inconspicuous object had made a trip most people never will experience -- orbiting the Earth aboard a space shuttle. "I'm trying to determine how liquids behave in space," explained Persad, a postdoctoral fellow working with Rohit Karnik, an associate professor of mechanical engineering. By understanding how liquids move in zero gravity or a near-freefall environment, Persad hopes to make more compact rockets and safer syringes for administering medication to astronauts. Persad was one of the 44 participants in this year's MIT Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition (MERE), which was held on Sept. 28 in Walker Memorial.