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Machine Learning

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The Machine Learning Specialization is a foundational online program created in collaboration between DeepLearning.AI and Stanford Online. This beginner-friendly program will teach you the fundamentals of machine learning and how to use these techniques to build real-world AI applications. This Specialization is taught by Andrew Ng, an AI visionary who has led critical research at Stanford University and groundbreaking work at Google Brain, Baidu, and Landing.AI to advance the AI field. This 3-course Specialization is an updated version of Andrew's pioneering Machine Learning course, rated 4.9 out of 5 and taken by over 4.8 million learners since it launched in 2012. It provides a broad introduction to modern machine learning, including supervised learning (multiple linear regression, logistic regression, neural networks, and decision trees), unsupervised learning (clustering, dimensionality reduction, recommender systems), and some of the best practices used in Silicon Valley for artificial intelligence and machine learning innovation (evaluating and tuning models, taking a data-centric approach to improving performance, and more.)


Opinion

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Can It Be Outsmarted?" (front page, Jan. 17): This technology could become a boon to learning. It makes cheating easier, too. I teach philosophy and religious studies at a liberal arts college. All my learning is available to you, along with my personal attention and help. But I have zero training -- and less interest -- in hunting down or trying to defeat academic dishonesty.


Existing EdTech That You Didn't Know You Needed - Pikmykid

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EdTech, or Educational Technology, refers to the use of technology to support and enhance teaching and learning. It can be a useful tool for educators by assisting to engage students, personalize learning, keep them safe and improve student outcomes. When it comes to the instructional methods and tools we use in our classrooms, there are several goals that educators may have in mind when selecting them. Therefore, knowing the types of technology available and the benefits of each is important. There are a variety of tools that have features promoting accessibility.


AI-powered "robot" lawyer won't argue in court after jail threats - CBS News

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A "robot" lawyer powered by artificial intelligence was set to be the first of its kind to help a defendant fight a traffic ticket in court next month. But the experiment has been scrapped after "State Bar prosecutors" threatened the man behind the company that created the chatbot with prison time. Joshua Browder, CEO of DoNotPay, on Wednesday tweeted that his company "is postponing our court case and sticking to consumer rights." Bad news: after receiving threats from State Bar prosecutors, it seems likely they will put me in jail for 6 months if I follow through with bringing a robot lawyer into a physical courtroom. Browder also said he will not be sending the company's robot lawyer to court.


ChatGPT Is Coming for Classrooms. Don't Panic

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When high school English teacher Kelly Gibson first encountered ChatGPT in December, the existential anxiety kicked in fast. While the internet delighted in the chatbot's superficially sophisticated answers to users' prompts, many educators were less amused. If anyone could ask ChatGPT to "write 300 words on what the green light symbolizes in The Great Gatsby," what would stop students from feeding their homework to the bot? "I thought, 'Oh my god, this is literally what I teach,'" Gibson says. But amid the panic, some enterprising teachers see ChatGPT as an opportunity to redesign what learning looks like--and what they invent could shape the future of the classroom. Gibson is one of them.


First AI-powered "robot" lawyer will represent defendant in court next month - CBS News

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A "robot" lawyer powered by artificial intelligence will be the first of its kind to help a defendant fight a traffic ticket in court next month. Joshua Browder, CEO of DoNotPay, said the company's AI-creation runs on a smartphone, listens to court arguments and formulates responses for the defendant. The AI lawyer tells the defendant what to say in real-time, through headphones. The robot lawyer will take its first case on February 22, Browder announced on Twitter last week. "On February 22nd at 1.30PM, history will be made. For the first time ever, a robot will represent someone in a US courtroom. DoNotPay A.I will whisper in someone's ear exactly what to say. We will release the results and share more after it happens. He did not disclose the name of the client or the court. On February 22nd at 1.30PM, history will be made. For the first time ever, a robot will represent someone in a US courtroom. DoNotPay A.I will whisper in someone's ear exactly what to say. We will release the results and share more after it happens. The artificial intelligence firm has already used AI-generated form letters and chatbots to help people secure refunds for in-flight Wifi that didn't work, as well as to lower bills and dispute parking tickets, among other issues, according to Browder. All told the company has relied on these AI templates to win more than 2 million customer service disputes and court cases on behalf of individuals against institutions and organizations, he added. It has raised $27.7 million from tech-focused venture capital firms, including Andreessen Horowitz and Crew Capital. "In the past year, AI tech has really developed and allowed us to go back and forth in real time with corporations and governments," he told CBS MoneyWatch of recent advances. "We spoke live [with companies and customer service reps] to lower bills with companies; and what we're doing next month is try to use the tech in a courtroom for the first time." If the robot lawyer loses the case, DoNotPay will cover any fines, Browder said. Some courts allow defendants to wear hearing aids, some versions of which are bluetooth-enabled. That's how Browder determined that DoNotPay's technology can legally be used in this case. Some states require that all parties consent to be recorded, which rules out the possibility of a robot lawyer entering many courtrooms. Of the 300 cases DoNotPay considered for a trial of its robot lawyer, only two were feasible. "It's within the letter of the law, but I don't think anyone could ever imagine this would happen," Browder said. "It's not in the spirit of law, but we're trying to push things forward and a lot of people can't afford legal help.


AI ChatGPT is helping CEOs think. Will it also take your job? - CBS News

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AI text generator ChatGPT, released to the public late last year, is so sophisticated that it has already demonstrated its ability to write coherent essays, generate sound legal documents and otherwise interact with humans in a convincingly conversational manner. One CEO even treats the tool from parent company OpenAI like a perennially available member of his executive team. "I ask ChatGPT to become aware of where my biases and blindspots might be, and the answers it gives are a really, really good starting point to check your thinking," Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of online course provider Coursera, told CBS MoneyWatch. He said the tool helps him to be more thoughtful in his approach to business challenges, as well as look at topics from vantage points that differ from his own. For example, last week at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Maggioncalda entered the following prompt: "What should I consider when giving a speech to prime ministers at Davos?" Another useful entry for business leaders would be: "What should I consider when I am restructuring my company?"


Learn how to use AI and ChatGPT with the best free online courses on Udemy

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FREE COURSES: You can find a wide range of beginner-friendly AI and ChatGPT courses(Opens in a new window)(opens in a new tab) on Udemy. Some of the best of these online courses are available for free for a limited time. We'll admit that we find the recent acceleration in artificial intelligence development a little scary, but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere, so we're going to need to get over it. If you also feel somewhat intimidated by artificial intelligence and ChatGPT, you could consider an online course from Udemy. If you can't beat artificial intelligence, you might as well join it.


ChatGPT ignites new plagiarism debate in schools

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ChatGPT, the new artificial intelligence tool that can write remarkably cogent essays on any topic based on simple prompts, is sparking intense debates among educators about the nature and purpose of modern teaching methods -- and how to sniff out plagiarists. Why it matters: Some teachers foresee "a flood of cheating," while others envision a big opportunity to improve -- and modernize -- how writing is taught. Driving the news: Several school districts have blocked the chatbot from their systems, but critics say such bans are shortsighted and ineffective. Catch up quick: ChatGPT was released for free public use in November by research firm OpenAI, delivering an early holiday gift to tech-savvy students in need of, say, a pre-vacation essay about "Macbeth." What's happening: Teachers have been holding meetings and comparing notes about the tool's ramifications and possible responses.


5 of the best free online Python courses available this week

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The good news is that you don't need a voucher code to access these coding courses. You can simply enroll for free. It couldn't be any easier, so what's stopping you?