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Preventing an Artificial-Intelligence Fueled Dystopia, One Student at a Time

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AI is coming for your job. AI is taking over the world. If we compiled all the headlines about artificial intelligence from the last year, we'd have a picture of a dystopian world where jobs are scarce and AI and automation rule everything we do. In this scenario, millions of people are impacted by AI and autonomous systems created with little regard for their consequences: They are deployed in unethical ways, riddled with errors and bias, and discriminatory. The obscurity of how AI works and where it's used result in fear and confusion.


The U.S. leads in artificial intelligence, but for how long?

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Even as the world's top artificial-intelligence researchers gathered in Los Angeles this week, many are beginning to wonder just how much longer the U.S. will remain the epicenter of AI. The Neural Information Processing System (NIPS) conference in Long Beach is the number one place for presenting breakthroughs in AI. But U.S. government policies threaten to put a dampener on the recent boom in the field. The U.S. Congress's tax plan is the latest challenge, threatening to raise costs for graduate students significantly. This follows reduced funding for fields including AI and tightening of rules on immigration for international researchers.


Calling All AI Innovators – Join the 'Cloud AI Challenge' for a Chance to Win $25,000

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This post is authored by Vani Mandava, Director of Data Science at Microsoft Research. The AI revolution is poised to unleash unprecedented innovation and impact on our society. Several research and development groups across Microsoft have hit their stride in delivering world-changing impact through the power of AI. Working together, we are creating a comprehensive Microsoft AI platform and a set of AI services that will enable the next generation of intelligent applications that will augment human intelligence. The AI buzz has been impossible to miss at numerous conferences that Microsoft has participated in during the past year.


Online Master of Science in Business Analytics - Business Analytics @ Tepper

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The Tepper School of Business developed the curriculum for the online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program from the ground up with this question in mind. In consultation with global business leaders, they determined that the greatest need is for professionals who not only have advanced analytical skills, such as machine learning and optimization, but also the appropriate business knowledge and communication skills to solve complex problems and bring value to industry. Our students develop proficiency in the full range of state-of-the-art business analytics techniques; they also learn how to tell stories through and extract insights from data. Given the Tepper School's view of a curriculum as an organic entity, our faculty continually work in concert to ensure that courses harmonize, even as they are individually updated and modified to ensure learning outcomes for students are always in step with an ever-evolving industry. The flexible online format enables students to continue working while earning their degree and apply what they learn in the classroom to their work environment.


4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Disrupting Education

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For many years, the American public thought of artificial intelligence, or AI, as some big, incredibly complex computer program that would one day achieve sentience and turn on humanity like a James Cameron conceived summer blockbuster. While movie franchises starring angry AI creations turning on their creators continue to do well at the box office, artificial intelligence has made its way into the modern American household. From algorithms on Amazon that suggest what we might want to read next to Siri and Alexa answering our questions to cars that understand traffic patterns and very soon might be driving us to work, artificial intelligence is rapidly disrupting industries. While there has been a great fear for a number of years that robots will replace workers across industries, this has largely not been born out. While robots powered by AI can often replace workers at some of the most menial, automated tasks in a factory, workers are often needed in more specialized capacities to repair, maintain, and respond to alarms that these robotic workers generate.


Students launch products that help users harness their superpowers

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Even superheroes need products to enhance their powers. Wonder Woman has the lasso of truth. On Monday evening, teams of mechanical engineering students unveiled new products with their own power-extending capabilities. These students of 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes), have spent the semester developing and designing a product prototype centered around this year's theme: "Super!" Products ranged from the fun (a game blind and sighted people can play together) to the life-saving (a real-time system for search and rescue teams) to the life-changing (a wearable device that minimizes the effects of tremors in Parkinson's patients).


RSC-BMCS / RSC-CICAG Artificial Intelligence in Chemistry

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Synopsis Artificial Intelligence is presently experiencing a renaissance in development of new methods and practical applications to ongoing challenges in Chemistry. We are pleased to announce that the Biological & Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) and Chemical Information & Computer Applications Group (CICAG) of the Royal Society of Chemistry are organising a one-day conference entitled Artificial Intelligence in Chemistry to present the current efforts in applying these new methods. We will combine aspects of artificial intelligence and deep machine learning methods to applications in chemistry. Outline Programme The programme will include a keynote lecture from a key opinion leader in the field, followed by a number of talks and flash poster presentations throughout the day. This meeting will be of interest to scientists of any level of experience from academia and industry.


If the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Work is Unclear, What Can Schools Do?

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Artificial intelligence is already reshaping the labor market. Its impact will likely become even more disruptive. But experts have historically been bad at predicting which jobs and tasks will be lost to automation, and public officials have historically been slow to respond to technological advances with smart, effective regulations. That's the nutshell of a RAND Corporation report on "The Risks of Artificial Intelligence to Security and the Future of Work," released earlier this week. What can K-12 educators and policymakers take away from the work?


Machine Learning Mastery With Python

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The Python ecosystem with scikit-learn and pandas is required for operational machine learning. Python is the rising platform for professional machine learning because you can use the same code to explore different models in R&D then deploy it directly to production. In this mega Ebook written in the friendly Machine Learning Mastery style that you're used to, learn exactly how to get started and apply machine learning using the Python ecosystem. Click to jump straight to the packages. The recipes in this book alone are worth the money, but Jason very effectively breaks down the theory behind each algorithm, and outlines their appropriate use-case.


The Benefits of Artificial Intelligence in Education - The Edvocate

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Slowly but surely, artificial intelligence (AI) has infiltrated every area of our lives, from clothes shopping to TV viewing to dating. But what is its impact on education? Will it help teachers, or make them obsolete? In fact, AI does not detract from classroom instruction but enhances it in many ways. Here are some of the benefits of AI in our educational systems.