If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
I like to keep regular tabs on the state of data science education in America. As one of the hottest fields in the economy, I find that the quality of data science courses is a leading indicator of the state of online education innovation. So, when I see significant new develops in online education technology, I'll dedicate some time to taking the course (and, selfishly, I like to learn new data skills). One website that I've used before, Udacity, recently launched several new courses on artificial intelligence, machine learning and statistics. I've had mixed experiences with Udacity in the past.
Higher education has undergone a palpable change in the past decades with the appearance of social media, smartphones and various other technologies on the learning landscape. Artificial Intelligence is one of the key technologies in bringing about this educational overhaul. With its arrival on the scene, we are constantly moving towards smart, personalized automation which promotes productive learning behaviors. A report by the research firm Technavio states that the global market for artificial intelligence in the higher education sector is projected to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 39% by 2020! With the rising infiltration of Artificial Intelligence technologies in all walks of life, it is only normal that education followed suit.
Quantitative asset management company WorldQuant, in partnership with global online learning company Udacity, has launched a new Artificial Intelligence for Trading Nanodegree program. Students enrolled in the programme will analyse real data and build financial models by learning the basics of quantitative trading, as well as how to analyse alternative data and use machine learning to generate trading signals. Udacity and WorldQuant have collaborated with top industry professionals with prior experience at leading financial institutions to ensure students are exposed to the latest AI applications in trading and quantitative finance. By learning from industry experts, students will advance their finance knowledge, build a strong portfolio of real-world projects and learn to generate trading signals using natural language processing, recurrent neural networks and random forests. Graduates will gain the quantitative skills currently in demand across multiple functions and roles at hedge funds, investment banks and fintech startups.
Japan's Ministry of Education is reportedly planning to place English-speaking robots in schools around the country to help children improve their English oral communication skills. According to a report from Japan's national broadcaster NHK, the ministry will launch the initiative in April in about 500 schools nationwide as part of a trial. It will also make study apps and "online conversation sessions" with native English speakers available to students, the report said. Japan is under pressure to improve the English language skills of elementary school teachers, NHK added, but lacks funding to hire English native speakers in every school, with the rollout of English-speaking robots to provide a cheaper or easier option. NHK added that Japanese students are "generally not good" at speaking or writing in English, and curriculum guidelines that are due to be implemented in two years will focus on nurturing such skills.
An attendee looks at a Tifana.com Co. AI service character displayed on a screen at the Artificial Intelligence Exhibition & Conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The AI Expo will run through April 6. It's generally accepted that as technology moves into classrooms, teachers will move, as the saying goes, "from a sage on the stage to a guide on side." That shift has rightly troubled teachers and teaching advocates who fear that educators who instruct, analyze and provide vital context will be diminished or co-opted outright by soulless, algorithm-driven tech.
You've got a classroom filled with middle school students working out math problems on computers. Which students are knocking them out with ease? In a pilot test of math software at David E. Williams (DEW) Middle School in Coraopolis, Pa., emojis tell the smart-glasses-wearing teacher what she needs to know. A smiling emoji hovers over a student's head: That means the student is progressing nicely. A frown emoji indicates struggle.
When training physically simulated characters basketball skills, these competing talents must also be held in balance. While AAA game titles like EA's NBA LIVE and NBA 2K have made drastic improvements to their graphics and character animation, basketball video games still rely heavily on canned animations. The industry is always looking for new methods for creating gripping, on-court action in a more personalized, interactive way. In a recent paper by DeepMotion Chief Scientist, Libin Liu, and Carnegie Mellon University Professor, Jessica Hodgins, virtual agents are trained to simulate a range of complex ball handling skills in real time. This blog gives an overview of their work and results, which will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2018.
On Thursday, Udacity announced a new AI-based Nanodegree. Developed in partnership with WorldQuant, an international asset management firm, "Artificial Intelligence for Trading" will help learners bring machine learning to financial trading. Until recently, most banks have relied on historical data to map out future market trends. Computer modeling and machine learning algorithms, however, allow analysts to test millions of different scenarios to determine which will lead to the best outcomes. The course comprises of two three-month terms.
AI systems have led to improvements in a broad spectrum of industries, including medicine and business, and sprouted new technologies like voice assistants (can you imagine what your day would be like without Alexa?) and self-driving cars. If you're curious about learning more and want to dip your toes in a bit -- whether out of sheer fascination or for business and job hunting purposes -- the Google Cloud Mastery Bundle can serve as your primer to the world of AI. While Google Cloud has yet to reach the heights of what Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure have achieved, it sure is promising. After all, its litany of cloud computing services runs on the same infrastructure as Google Search and YouTube, two of the most frequently digital products used today. Undoubtedly, learning its inner workings can prove to be useful if you're running a business or carving out a career in tech.
Give Jason Holmberg 10,000 zebra photos and he'll find the specific individual zebra you're looking for, no problem. "It could take two minutes," he said. Holmberg won't personally sort through the photos -- it's his software that will. Holmberg is executive director of the nonprofit Wild Me. The Portland-based organization has developed a digital tool called Wildbook that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to expedite wildlife identification.