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Preparing students for the future of work

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Veronica is a senior editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division in New York. She specialises in market environment topics and trends that cut across industries, including the future of work, technological disruption, and economic competitiveness. In addition to these areas, she has led projects on advancements in manufacturing, historic energy demand trends, and socioeconomic topics such as organised labour, post-war impact investing and growth of cities. Until July 2014 Veronica was the EIU's commerce and regulations analyst for 29 countries, mostly in the emerging markets. She has written for various EIU publications, on subjects such as financial inclusion, international trade, and policies aimed at attracting investment and promoting innovation.


DA: Robot Can Help Student With Disability Attend Class

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The agreement between the DA's office and the school district addresses how the auxiliary aids and services provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act can be used in school to allow a student with a disability to use remote technology to communicate and attend class.


Machine Learning and the Skills Gap

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We have been talking about the cybersecurity skills gap for a decade, but the pain is truly being felt now as businesses churn out new apps with insufficient security, says WhiteHat Security's Craig Hinkley. What is machine learning's role? See Also: Live Webinar Benchmarking Your Organization's Security Performance with Security Ratings Hinkley joined WhiteHat Security as CEO in early 2015, bringing more than 20 years of executive leadership in the technology sector to this role.


Computer vision, machine learning skills help fuel surge in AI jobs

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This leveling off surprised Daniel Culbertson, economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab and author of the report, who expected job-seeker interest to remain strong, given the amount of opportunity in the high-paying field. Is it fair to say there's an AI talent shortage? "I wouldn't use these data [sets] to conclusively say there is a shortage of AI talent," Culbertson said. "What I can say is the leveling off could be due to the fact that AI is such a burgeoning and high-skilled field. To Forrester analyst Brandon Purcell, the correlation is obvious.


Embracing Mechanical Love

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Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society. KASPAR (Kinesics and Synchronization in Personal Assistant Robotics) is a robot originally conceived as part of a research project begun in the late 1990s by artificial intelligence researcher Kerstin Dautenhahn and her collaborators at the University of Reading in England. Initially, the objective was to develop "robotic therapy games" to facilitate communication with autistic children and to help them interact with others. In 2005, now at the University of Hertfordshire, the KASPAR Project was formally launched with the aim of developing a "social" robot having two missions: first, and mainly, to be a "social mediator" responsible for facilitating communication between autistic children and the people with whom they are in daily contact--other children (autistic or not), therapists, teachers, and parents--and also to serve as a therapeutic and learning tool designed to stimulate social development in these children. The objective was to teach young people with autism a variety of skills that most of us master, more or less fully, without any need of special education: understanding others' emotions and reacting appropriately, expressing our own feelings, playing in a group while letting everyone take turns, and imitating and cooperating with others.


Master machine learning -- and snag a great job -- with these key job skills

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If you'd go by the marketing newsletters of leading IT solutions vendors of the world, it would appear that artificial intelligence and machine learning are ideas that have come into being, almost magically, in the past two to three years. Artificial intelligence, in fact, is a term that was coined way back in the 1950s by computer programmers and researchers to describe machines that could respond with appropriate behaviors to abstract problems without human input. Machine learning is one of the more prominent approaches to making artificial intelligence a reality. It is centered on the idea of creating algorithms that are inherently capable of identifying patterns in data and improving their outcomes based on the large datasets. This guide is dedicated to helping you understand and identify the fundamental skills you need to master machine learning technologies and find fulfilling employment in this hot and growing field.


Startup taps ARM computer vision for deep learning skills

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Dr Ilya Romanenko played a key role in R&D leadership for 12 years at image sensor designer Apical and after the company was acquired by ARM in 2016 he became R&D Director for ARM's computer vision team.


How to Survive a Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door

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In the meantime, if one of them goes berserk, here's a useful tactic: Shut the door behind you. One after another, robots in a government-sponsored contest were stumped by an unlocked door that blocked their path at an outdoor obstacle course. One bipedal machine managed to wrap a claw around the door handle and open it but was flummoxed by a breeze that kept blowing the door shut before it could pass through. Robots excel at many tasks, as long as they don't involve too much hand-eye coordination or common sense. Like some gifted children, they can perform impressive feats of mental arithmetic but are profoundly klutzy on the playground.


Machine learning skills are lacking, CIOs lament - Microservices Matters

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Like it or not, it appears that the continuing skills gap that continues to plague many sections of the software world, including development, testing and more, has found a new victim: digital transformation through the use of machine learning. A survey conducted by ServiceNow looked at the eagerness of organizations to incorporate machine learning as part of their digital transformation. Mainly, senior executives want to buy into machine learning in order to support faster and more accurate decision making. But the survey polled some interesting numbers that point to what appears to be a significant lack of machine learning skills needed to manage intelligent machines within organizations. The report shows that 72% of CIOs surveyed said they are leading their company's digitalization efforts, and just over half agree that machine learning plays a critical role in that.


Best Method to Learn Essential Machine Learning Skills Fast

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The best method to pick up essential machine learning skills fast is to practice building your skills with small easy to understand datasets. This technique helps you build your processes using interesting real-world data that are small enough for you to look at in excel or WEKA. In this article, you will learn of a high-quality database with plenty of datasets and some tips to help you focus your time on what matters to you! Following online tutorials will keep you trapped in a dependent mindset that will limit your growth because you're not learning HOW to solve any problem. Your learning how to apply a specific solution to a particular type of problem.