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Royal Dutch Shell reskills workers in artificial intelligence as part of huge energy transition


Working at Royal Dutch Shell's Deepwater division in New Orleans gives Barbara Waelde a front-row seat to how the right data can unlock crucial information for the oil giant. So when her supervisor asked her last year if she was interested in a program that could sharpen her digital and data science capabilities, Waelde, 55, jumped at the chance. Since she began her online coursework, the seven-year Shell veteran has learned Python programming, supervised learning algorithms and data modeling, among other skills. Shell began making these online courses available to U.S. employees long before COVID-19 upended daily life. And according to the oil giant, there are no plans to halt or cancel any of them, despite the fact that on March 23 it announced plans to slash operating costs by $9 billion.

The Coming Era of Decision Machines


These concerns have been present whenever we make important decisions. What's new is the much, much larger scale at which we now rely on algorithms to help us decide. Human errors that may have once been idiosyncratic may now become systematic. "Artificial intelligence is the pursuit of machines that are able to act purposefully to make decisions towards the pursuit of goals," wrote Harvard University Professor David Parkes in "A Responsibility to Judge Carefully in the Era of Decision Machines," an essay recently published as part of Harvard's Digital Initiative. "Machines need to be able to predict to decide, but decision making requires much more," he wrote.

Automation May Take Jobs--but AI Will Create Them


Chances are you've already encountered, more than a few times, truly frightening predictions about artificial intelligence and its implications for the future of humankind. The machines are coming and they want your job, at a minimum. Scary stories are easy to find in all the erudite places where the tech visionaries of Silicon Valley and Seattle, the cosmopolitan elite of New York City, and the policy wonks of Washington, DC, converge--TED talks, Davos, ideas festivals, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, The New York Times, Hollywood films, South by Southwest, Burning Man. The brilliant innovator Elon Musk and the genius theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking have been two of the most quotable and influential purveyors of these AI predictions. AI poses "an existential threat" to civilization, Elon Musk warned a gathering of governors in Rhode Island one summer's day.

The Big Reboot, Part 1 – Rethinking Education and Employment in an Automated Era Fast Future Publishing


The Big Reboot is a two-part exploration of how we prepare society for the potential impacts of technological disruption, job automation, and the continuing shifts taking place in the global economy. In this first discussion we look at practical strategies for i) raising skills and digital literacy across society, and ii) generating the new ventures and job openings required to fill the employment gap left by those that are displaced by technology. We are reaching peak hysteria in the debate about the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation on tasks, roles, jobs, employment, and incomes. On an almost weekly basis, we see projections of wholesale job devastation through automation. These doom-laden forecasts vie with outlandishly optimistic forecasts from AI vendors and consultants suggesting that millions of new roles will be created because of our smart new tech toys.

Four-year-olds have the same overconfidence as bankers, study says

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Cocky children as young as four have the same levels of overconfidence as city bankers and business leaders, according to a new study. UK researchers demonstrated that high levels of confidence in one's own abilities – a trait common among high achievers – is apparent from an extremely early age. This suggests that cocky city types developed their'cognitive bias' from infancy rather than later life, they say. Researchers conducted a card game with young girls and boys with the objective of collecting as many stickers as possible, and compared their different strategies. More than 70 per cent of four-year-olds and half of five and six-year-olds were overconfident in their expectations - comparable to big shot bankers and traders.

Master of Computer Science in Data Science Coursera


Earn your Master's, learn from pioneering Illinois faculty, and gain the data science skills that are transforming business and society. Illinois Computer Science offers a specialized track that includes both MCS degree requirements and data science-focused coursework. This degree is right for anyone who not only wants to learn to extract knowledge and insights from massive data sets, but also wants full command of the computational infrastructure to do so. The Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS) leads the MCS degree through a focus on core competencies in machine learning, data mining, data visualization, and cloud computing, It also includes interdisciplinary data science courses, offered in cooperation with the Department of Statistics and the School of Information Science. Data Visualization: Coursework designed to show you how to create effective and understandable data presentations.

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI) Coursera


In this course you will learn what Artificial Intelligence (AI) is, explore use cases and applications of AI, understand AI concepts and terms like machine learning, deep learning and neural networks. You will be exposed to various issues and concerns surrounding AI such as ethics and bias, & jobs, and get advice from experts about learning and starting a career in AI. You will also demonstrate AI in action with a mini project. This course does not require any programming or computer science expertise and is designed to introduce the basics of AI to anyone whether you have a technical background or not.

Artificial intelligence and family medicine: Better together


Liaw collaborated with Ioannis Kakadiaris, a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of computer science, to co-author a commentary published in the Annals of Family Medicine. The researchers advocate for a synergistic relationship between AI and family medicine. The AI revolution in medicine has been underway for decades. Computers already process data to detect disease and predict health outcomes, but the researchers see a unique opportunity to steer the current AI advances so they can deliver on the original promise of electronic health records (EHR). Introduced in 2009 to make health care more efficient and effective, EHRs have created more data entry work while lessening quality time with patients -- a doctor's "most precious resource," according to the authors.

9 Best Machine Learning Courses 2020 • Benzinga


Enroll now in one of Udemy's machine learning courses ranging from beginner to advanced courses taught by industry experts. Are you intrigued by the idea of machine learning? Maybe you've applied core concepts in the workplace and want to take your artificial intelligence expertise to a higher level. An online machine learning course can equip you with the tools needed to understand the basics or accelerate your career. Take a quick look at Benzinga's top picks: Keep the following considerations in mind as you explore machine learning course options and choose the right one for you.

Artificial intelligence can help some businesses but may not work for others


The temptation for businesses to use artificial intelligence and other technology to improve performance, drive down labor costs, and better the bottom line is understandable. But before pursuing automation that could put the jobs of human employees at risk, it is important that business owners take careful stock of their operations. AI should not be applied to every business in the same manner, according to Chris Meyer, professor of practice and the director of undergraduate education at the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He details his research on the subject in a new conceptual paper published today in a special issue of the Journal of Service Management on "AI and Machine Learning in Service Management". "AI has the potential to upend our ideas about what tasks are uniquely suited to humans, but poorly implemented or strategically inappropriate service automation can alienate customers, and that will hurt businesses in the long term," Meyer said.