educational technology


5 cheap online courses that could help you land a job in AI

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These days, pundits galore are proselytizing about the Future of Work. Depending on who you ask, the robots may or may not be taking over, leaving us mere humans pondering how work fits into our lives and whether we're going to be eventually rendered obsolete. Just look at the stark contrast in tone between these two headlines: the Wall Street Journal's White-Collar Robots Are Coming For Jobs versus Wired's Chill: Robots Won't Take All Our Jobs. Who should we *really* believe?! The truth is there isn't one easy answer.


AI powered smart bin can detect different types of food

Daily Mail

Food waste could become a thing of the past thanks to an AI powered smart bin that let's you know the type of items you throw away most regularly. The system uses a camera, a set of smart scales and the same type of machine learning technology found in self-driving cars. It comes pre-programmed with common items and learns to recognise different foods being thrown away regularly. It uses this information to calculate the financial and environmental cost of this wasted food, so that you can tailor your next food order accordingly. The smart bin is currently aimed at commercial kitchens but could one day be a common feature in people's homes, the firm hopes.


Nvidia releases Drive Constellation simulation platform for autonomous vehicle testing

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Autonomous vehicle development is a time and resource-intensive business, requiring dozens of test vehicles, thousands of hours of data collection and millions of miles of driving to hone the artificial brains of the cars of tomorrow. What if you could do most of that in the cloud? That's the question Nvidia hopes to answer with the release of its Nvidia Drive Constellation testing platform for self-driving cars. The announcement came during the keynote address at Nvidia's 2019 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose Monday. Drive Constellation is, basically, a simulation and validation platform that allows automakers and developers to test their autonomous vehicles and technologies in a virtual environment that lives in a specially-designed cloud server.


The digital skills gap is widening fast. Here's how to bridge it

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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.


Quick ML Concepts: Tensors

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Tensorflow, Tensorlab, Deep Tensorized Networks, Tensorized LSTMs… it's no surprise that the word "tensor" is embedded in the names of many machine learning technologies. And how do they relate to machine learning? In part one of Quick ML Concepts, I aim to provide a short yet concise summary of what tensors are. Don't let the word "tensor" scare you. It is nothing more than a simple mathematical concept.


iTutorGroup and Hanson Robotics Creating the Future of Education with AI - Hanson Robotics

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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.


The Future of AI in the Workplace (Why You Don't Need to Be Scared of Robots)

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The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is spreading like wildfire. Not because it's state-of-the-art technology, but because it comes with plenty of valuable benefits. Adopting AI goes far beyond following a trend that boosts your business for a while before a new trend comes along. AI is here to stay, and it's only going to become more advanced and beneficial. According to AI research by MIT Sloan Management Review, 85% of executives believe that AI can help them gain or sustain competitive advantage.


Machine Learning Basics: Building a Regression model in R

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The course "Machine Learning Basics: Building a Regression model in R" teaches you all the steps of creating a Linear Regression model, which is the most popular Machine Learning model, to solve business problems. Machine Learning is a field of computer science which gives the computer the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. It is a branch of artificial intelligence based on the idea that systems can learn from data, identify patterns and make decisions with minimal human intervention. What is the Linear regression technique of Machine learning? Linear Regression is a simple machine learning model for regression problems, i.e., when the target variable is a real value.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Indian Classrooms- A Need of the Hour!

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It is not a news that India has an acute shortage of teachers at elementary, secondary and even at the higher levels of schools. According to the statistics given by the Human Resource & Development (HRD)Ministry of India in 2016, there is a shortage of 1 million teachers across the country. In case of Universities and Colleges, there is a chronic shortage of faculty and the problem of finding qualified people to fill this gap has become even more complicated. In such a scenario, how can India, a country which has the second largest population in the world would cope-up with the challenges of providing quality education to all. Several education experts are saying that our system needs a revolutionary technological intervention.


VRKitchen: an Interactive 3D Virtual Environment for Task-oriented Learning

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

One of the main challenges of advancing task-oriented learning such as visual task planning and reinforcement learning is the lack of realistic and standardized environments for training and testing AI agents. Previously, researchers often relied on ad-hoc lab environments. There have been recent advances in virtual systems built with 3D physics engines and photo-realistic rendering for indoor and outdoor environments, but the embodied agents in those systems can only conduct simple interactions with the world (e.g., walking around, moving objects, etc.). Most of the existing systems also do not allow human participation in their simulated environments. In this work, we design and implement a virtual reality (VR) system, VRKitchen, with integrated functions which i) enable embodied agents powered by modern AI methods (e.g., planning, reinforcement learning, etc.) to perform complex tasks involving a wide range of fine-grained object manipulations in a realistic environment, and ii) allow human teachers to perform demonstrations to train agents (i.e., learning from demonstration). We also provide standardized evaluation benchmarks and data collection tools to facilitate a broad use in research on task-oriented learning and beyond.