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) …
With any change comes the fear of the unknown, but this is especially true when it comes to artificial intelligence. Universities today have so much to gain by leveraging AI across the student lifecycle, but many are hesitant. Taking a step back, this somewhat nebulous concept of AI is already taking root in our everyday lives in so many forms. Today, you can wake up with a reminder and a playlist of your favorite motivational morning music via a voice-activated assistant, then get traffic advice on your way to work from a maps app. A quick tap on a suggestion based on previous purchases, and your favorite variety of coffee is waiting at your favorite store, already paid for in-app.
Sagami Koyokan High School, in the city of Zama about 40 km southwest of Tokyo, has a unique entrance exam system, provides Japanese classes of various levels, uses a system of team teaching and employs a coordinator to help students from overseas or of foreign descent enroll and better understand classes in Japanese. Foreign students or students with foreign backgrounds make up some 20 percent of a student body that totals more than 1,000. The origins and backgrounds of students at Sagami Koyokan can be traced to more than a dozen countries, including China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Peru and Brazil, and the number of those with roots in South Asian nations such as Nepal and Sri Lanka has been on the rise recently, according to deputy head Kumiko Sakakibara. "I find it easier to ask questions in this (special Japanese) class with fewer students because I feel nervous in a large classroom," said a 19-year-old Sri Lankan student named Adhil. One of his classmates, Manalo Dominic Piedad, 18, from the Philippines, said: "I came to understand more (in Japanese) compared to before. At this school, I made a lot of friends from various countries."
Access to skilled workers is already a key factor that sets successful companies apart from failing ones. In an increasingly data-driven future - the European Commission believes there could be as many as 756,000 unfilled jobs in the European ICT sector by 2020 - this difference will become even more acute. Skills gaps across all industries are poised to grow in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and other emerging technologies are happening in ever shorter cycles, changing the very nature of the jobs that need to be done - and the skills needed to do them - faster than ever before. At least 133 million new roles generated as a result of the new division of labour between humans, machines and algorithms may emerge globally by 2022, according to the World Economic Forum.
That's the new reality for many classrooms across Abu Dhabi, where a company is using artificial intelligence to create a new learning experience. Established four years ago, Alef Education has managed to get its digital education platform into dozens of schools in Abu Dhabi, as well as Al Ain, another city in the emirate. Alef has worked closely with the government of the United Arab Emirates to bring the platform to 25,000 students at 57 public schools. It is also used in two private schools in Abu Dhabi. And the startup has made its first move into the United States, where its technology is used in two private schools in New York.
On Feb 27, 2019 at the "New Era, New Education, and Creating the Future" conference in Shanghai organized by the iTutorGroup, announced that Sophia the Robot is their new ambassador and future AI tutor. A new strategic partnership with Hanson Robotics was also announced at the same time. At the "New Era, New Education, and Creating the Future" conference, CEO Dr. Eric Yang delivered these key messages: Conference attendees included a group of teachers and students from a primary school that iTutorGroup donated RMB 500,000. Toby, one of the iTutorGroup's students and recent speech contest winner, appeared on stage and had a fun chat with Sophia. Founded in 1998, and led by Dr. Eric Yang, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, the iTutorGroup offers a range of e-learning solutions for adults and K-12 including TutorABC, vipJr, vipABC, TutorJr and TutorMing.
Within the corporate world AI chatbots are becoming commonplace: most businesses are increasingly integrating them into their enterprise systems. A recent Forrester survey says that within 5 years, 85% of customer interaction will occur through the use of AI chatbots. Introduction of AI, coupled with natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) is likely to be the mainstay of enterprise digitalization strategies of future. This is expected to improve labor efficiency, enhance customer and employee experiences and provide cost-effective solutions. According to Raleyware CEO George Elfond, with the need to realign corporate training in the light of changing demographics, wide prevalence of mobile technology and distribution of workforce, incorporating AI is a must for efficient training.
To enhance the multi-disciplinary approach among students, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce artificial intelligence (AI), early childhood care education and yoga as new subjects in the school curriculum from the 2019-2020 session onward. Highlighting the importance of the AI, a circular by the board reads: "Artificial intelligence (AI) is being widely recognised to be the power which will fuel the future global digital economy. India's AI strategy identifies the AI as an opportunity and solution for inclusive economic growth and social development." However, if a candidate desires to reappear in a subject, he/she may do it during the compartment exams. Recently, the board had also integrated art with the teaching and learning process for all academic subjects from Classes I to XII to promote active and experiential learning.
Roughly 3,000 people -- many of them science-minded high school students -- gathered at SUNY Polytechnic Institute this week for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition. Steve Ference, the director of university communications at the college, said the event was incredibly exciting for a number of reasons. "This is a great opportunity for engineering students to show off all of their knowledge, but it's also a great opportunity for SUNY Polytechnic Institute to showcase all that we offer," he said. "This is a great pipeline for students who are interested in STEM to look at SUNY Poly as a place of opportunity where they can learn the skills -- like these skills so they can thrive," he added. The three-day event began Thursday and continues through Saturday in the college's Wildcat Field House, with teams of ninth- through 12th-graders from around the world competing for a chance to move on to the FIRST Championships in April.
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has released a draft version of its 20-year roadmap for AI research in the United States. Made after consultation with researchers and tech companies, the roadmap calls for sustained support from the federal government and prescribes a number of steps to ensure the U.S. retains its position as a nation with some of the most advanced AI resources on the planet. The roadmap also supports the development of lifelong personal assistants to augment human ability in education, health care, and industry. According to the roadmap: "… lifelong personal assistants will enable an elderly population to live longer independently, AI health coaches will provide advice for lifestyle choices, customized AI tutors will broaden education opportunities, and AI scientific assistants will dramatically accelerate the pace of discovery." Organizers believe such efforts could promote universal personalized education, accelerate scientific discovery, and drive business innovation.
Mount Olive High School hosts its first robotics competition featuring 38 high school teams. Friday's overnight hours should see partly cloudy skies and temperatures are expected to start to significantly cool off. Friday's overnight hours should see partly cloudy skies and temperatures are expected to start to significantly cool off.