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Partnership between International Refugee Assistance Project, Rosetta Stone to aid refugees

ZDNet

For the first time on record, more than 100 million people globally were forcibly displaced due to war, human rights abuses or persecution in 2022, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. That figure includes refugees and asylum seekers. The war in Ukraine played a sizable role. The UN reported more than 5.2 million refugees from Ukraine are present across Europe and estimated a total of 12.3 million people have been displaced to date. When people flee violence, poverty, and oppression, technology can help ease their resettlement and the new challenges of displacement.


Bundle lifetime subscriptions to Rosetta Stone and StackSkills for a major discount

Mashable

Rosetta Stone(opens in a new tab), worth $1,794, is on sale for $159.20 with the code ROSETTA20. Lifelong learning is a key ingredient to a successful career, a zestful life, and a cultivated mind. That includes exploring new ways of thinking, exploring new skills, staying up-to-date on current trends, and more. For some help on your mission, consider this Unlimited Lifetime Learning Subscription Bundle featuring Rosetta Stone and StackSkills(opens in a new tab). The two subscriptions are valued at over $1,700, but you can save hundreds of dollars by bundling them together.


Save 88% on a lifetime of learning with this Rosetta Stone and StackSkills bundle

Mashable

TL;DR: The Unlimited Lifetime Learning Subscription Bundle(opens in a new tab) is on sale for £162.82, You can't put a price on knowledge. First up in the Unlimited Lifetime Learning Subscription Bundle is lifetime access to Rosetta Stone, the world's leading language-learning app that makes it possible for beginners to become fluent in a second, third, or 24th language. You'll have unlimited access to all 24 offered languages and you can learn any of them at your own pace and on your own time through interactive software and proprietary speech-recognition technology. Our friends at PCMag (which is owned by Mashable's publisher, Ziff Davis) have deemed it the best premium software for learning a foreign language and gave it the coveted Editors' Choice Award five years in a row.


Rosetta Stone adds Ojibwe to language preservation initiative

ZDNet

Nate writes about the intersection of education and technology. He's also worked as a newspaper staff writer covering K-12 and higher education, business, local government, and public safety. The Ojibwe, or Anishinaabe, people have faced enemies familiar to Indigenous people worldwide: Colonialism and imperialism. In North America, these forces arrived in the form of westward European expansion. As the nations of America and Canada grew, generations of settlers forced Indigenous peoples from their land.


This massive lifetime learning subscription bundle is on sale for 88% off

Mashable

TL;DR: The Unlimited Lifetime Learning Subscription Bundle is on sale for £152.36, You can't put a price on knowledge. But if you could, £152.36 isn't so bad -- and that's all it costs to get a lifetime of learning through Rosetta Stone and StackSkills for a limited time. First up in the Unlimited Lifetime Learning Subscription Bundle is lifetime access to Rosetta Stone, the world's leading language-learning app that makes it possible for beginners to become fluent in a second, third, or 24th language. You'll have unlimited access to all 24 offered languages and you can learn any of them at your own pace and on your own time through interactive software and proprietary speech-recognition technology.


Robot 'rosetta stone' will unify the bots

ZDNet

Robotics, once a fractured field of scrappy tech startups, is starting to come of age. The latest proof is a set of interoperability standards that will allow Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) from leading vendors to integrate and work together in settings like factories, warehouses, and ecommerce fulfillment centers. The best telepresence hardware to go beyond video conferencing and make remote work truly collaborative. MassRobotics, an independent non-profit, recently released the MassRobotics Interoperability Standard to allow units from competing automation marques to seamlessly interact. Initial participating vendors include Vecna Robotics, 6 River Systems, Waypoint Robotics, Locus Robotics, Seegrid, MiR, Autoguide Mobile Robots, Third Wave Automation, and Open Robotics Foundation, all leaders in the AMR space.


Resurrecting Dead Languages with AI, Machine Learning

#artificialintelligence

Listen to this episode from Tcast on Spotify. Here is your fun fact for the day – Napoleon actually broke the Rosetta Stone. Go figure. In a way, it’s a great metaphor. The Rosetta Stone has been an incredible tool for translating multiple languages in the centuries since its discovery, proving itself a valuable aid in helping put back the pieces of many languages that tend to get broken and lost over time. The value though is not merely in being able to translate ancient languages, it’s in all the history that comes with being able to read ancient texts for the first time. Suddenly a whole perspective on historical events opens up, or knowledge of things we could never have known about otherwise is unlocked. Putting an ancient language back together doesn’t just open up words, it opens up literal worlds. Now, the geniuses over at MIT have come up with another tool that we can use to unlock a few more. A new system has been developed by the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) that can actually decipher lost languages. Best of all, it doesn’t need extensive knowledge of how it compares with already known languages to crack the code. The program can actually figure out on its own how different languages relate to one another.  So, how does that wizardry work? One of the chief insights that make CSAIL’s program possible is the recognition of certain patterns. One of these is that languages only develop in certain ways. Spellings can change in some ways, but not others due to how different certain letters sound. Based on this and other insights, it was possible to develop an algorithm that can pick out a variety of correlations.  Of course, such a thing has to be tested before it can be trusted. If you don’t test your language detector, you get bad languages. That’s probably how the whole “Aztecs said the end of the world would be in 2012” thing started. One intern with a bad translator program took it from, “And then I decided I could stop chiseling the years now. I’m a few centuries ahead,” to “the earth will stop completely rotating in 2012”. Fortunately, the researchers at MIT were a bit brighter than that. They took their program and tested it against several known languages, correctly pointing out the relationships between them and putting them in the proper language families. They are also looking to supplement their work with historical context to help determine the meaning of completely unfamiliar words, similar to what most people do when they come across a word they don’t know. They look at the entire sentence and try to figure out the meaning from the surrounding context.  Led by Professor Regina Barzilay, the CSAIL team has developed an incredibly useful tool to help us understand not just the events of times gone by, but the way people thought back then. By better understanding the languages of the past, we can learn why people did what they did. We could gain valuable insight into cultures long dead to us. That knowledge will in turn help us to better understand our past and how we got to where we are. It gets us more information, information straight from the source, or at least closer to it. If TARTLE likes anything in the world, it’s getting information straight from the source.  After all, that’s what we preach day in and day out around here. Getting our information from the source, minimizing false assumptions and bias when it comes to analyzing information. It’s great to see that same spirit at work in one of the world’s premier research centers and to see it being applied to our past.  What’s your data worth? www.tartle.co


Nine digital gifts on sale that don't need shipping

Engadget

Holiday shopping, like many things in 2020, is more complicated than in the previous years. One major consideration people need to account for before buying a physical gift, for example, is if that gift will arrive at its destination on time as much of the delivery and shipping infrastructure across the country is overwhelmed by heightened demand caused by COVID-19. If meeting a certain shipping date is impossible on your end, then you may want to consider gifting something digital this year. In doing so, you'll have the peace of mind that your gift will arrive in time for the holidays -- and you won't have to pay an exorbitant shipping fee on top of the cost of the gift. So, here's a roundup of nine stellar gifts that don't need shipping and make it possible to deliver some holiday cheer digitally this year.


Google launches hieroglyphics translator that uses AI to to decipher Ancient Egyptian script

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google has launched a hieroglyphics translator that uses AI to decipher images of Ancient Egyptian script. The new tool, called Fabricius, uses machine learning to give experts a fast way to decode hieroglyphics by uploading their files. But the tool is available to non-experts as a fun and interactive way to learn about and write in the ancient language. Anyone can type in messages and be provided with an instant hieroglyphic equivalent to share on social media. Users can also draw their own best attempt at an ancient hieroglyphic and see if Google's machine learning technology can identify it from its database of hieroglyphs. The tool aims to'help bring people closer to ancient Egyptian heritage and culture' and highlight the importance of the preserving hieroglyphics as a language.


Amazon Adds G4 Instances to Machine Learning Cloud Offerings

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Amazon's AMZN customer-oriented focus is evident from its strong efforts toward strengthening cloud service offerings. In fact, the company is making every effort to expand presence in the cloud computing space backed by robust product and services portfolio of Amazon Web Services (AWS). The move to make its new GPU-powered Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance, G4 instances, generally available is testament to the fact. Notably, these instances are capable of networking throughput of up to 100 Gbps and 1.8 TB of local NVMe storage. Further, these instances feature NVIDIA T4 GPUs and 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors.