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Boost Your Skills with New Online Technology Courses | Artificial Intelligence - Dice Insights

Leslie Stevens-Huffman, business and careers writer based in Southern California inform, According to Dice’s latest Salary Survey, 71 percent of tech professionals say that training and education are important. 

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However, only 40 percent currently have access to company-paid programs. With that in mind, what’s the most economical way for a tech professional to learn the skills they need?

Fortunately, you can bridge the knowledge gap by taking advantage of free online courses. 

Even better, completing one or more of the latest training and development programs over the summer can help you acquire the skills to move into a hot specialty or high-paying job as early as next fall.

Source: Dice Insights

Google Releases Deep Learning Containers into Beta | Deep Learning - InfoQ.com

In a recent blog post, Google announced Deep Learning Containers, allowing customers to get Machine Learning projects up and running quicker by Steef-Jan Wiggers, all in on Cloud and Integration.

Photo: cloud.google.comDeep Learning consists of numerous performance-optimized Docker containers that come with a variety of tools necessary for deep learning tasks already installed.

Google releases Deep Learning Containers in Beta to provide customers with a way to mitigate the challenge when their development strategy involves a combination of local prototyping and multiple cloud tools, ensuring that all the necessary dependencies are packaged correctly and available to every runtime. With Deep Learning Containers, customers can provision environments consistently for testing and deploying their applications across GCP products and services, like Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Cloud Run and Cloud AI Platform Notebooks – hence making it easy for them to scale in the cloud or shift across on-prem environments. Furthermore, Google will provide hardware optimized versions of TensorFlow, regardless if customers are training on NVIDIA GPUs or deploying on Intel CPUs...

With Google Deep Learning Containers in beta, customers who want to try them out can sign up in their free tier and use the available documentation.

Source: InfoQ.com

What People Get Wrong About China and Artificial Intelligence | Technology - Fortune

China is close to becoming the world's leader in artificial intelligence, according to conventional wisdom, says Jonathan Vanian, Writer at Fortune Magazine 

Photo: Pepijn Barnard via FlickrBut Jeffrey Ding, leader of all things China at the Center for the Governance of AI at Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute, has a much different take: China's prowess in artificial intelligence is exaggerated.

Ding's take on China and A.I. is a counterpoint to the belief that China and the U.S. are embarking on an A.I. arms race that echoes the Cold War. Misinformation could prompt the U.S. to go overboard with its A.I. policy related to China or implement misguided policy, Ding says.

In an interview with Fortune, Ding explained that much of what is written about China's multi-billion dollar push into A.I. often seems like it’s written in a “vacuum.” There's little context or comparison between China’s A.I. abilities and those of other countries...

Ding argues that this thesis overlooks a “crucial distinction” between civil liberties (i.e. privacy related to the government) and consumer privacy (how companies handle personal information). Chinese consumers, he said, are wary of companies that are lax in safeguarding their personal data and are concerned about their data being stolen.
Read more... 

Source: Fortune

The Geopolitics of Artificial Intelligence | Observations - Scientific American

As the U.S. and China vie for global influence, AI will be central to the balance of power, argues Abishur Prakash, leading geopolitical futurist.

Photo: Getty ImagesSomething stood out of the ordinary during a speech by China’s president, Xi Jinping, in January 2018. Behind Xi, on a bookshelf, were two books on artificial intelligence (AI). Why were those books there? Similar to 2015, when Russia “accidentally” aired designs for a new weapon, the placement of the books may not have been an accident. Was China sending a message?
If it was, perhaps, it was this: For decades, China has been operating in an Americanized-world. To escape, China is turning to AI.
By 2030, China wants to be the world’s leading AI power, with an AI industry valued at $150 billion. How does China plan to achieve this?...
As nations compete around AI, they are part of the biggest battle for global power since World War II. Except, this battle is not about land or resources. It is about data, defense and economy. And, ultimately, how these variables give a nation more control over the world.
This is not a cold war. It is an algorithmic war.Read more...
Source: Scientific American

5 Quick Tips for Improving Your Instructional Design | Online Learning - Campus Technology

Dian Schaffhauser, senior contributing editor explains, Moving a course from brick-and-mortar to online requires rethinking how you deliver content, replicate in-class interactions and pinpoint areas for improvement.

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When you're converting a traditional face-to-face course to online, while a lot of the content may remain the same, the way it's delivered and learned will, understandably, undergo change. A "mastery series" from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), focused on instructional design, teaches the fundamentals of course design for effective online learning. Recently, longtime instructional designer Elisabeth Stucklen, one of the facilitators for the course, shared five areas to pay attention to as classes are being shifted to an online mode.

Source: Campus Technology

Math Instruction | Mathematics - Spotlight on Math Instruction

Check out The Education Week Math Instruction below.

This is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:
  • The pros and cons of ending algebra tracking
  • Conquering parent and student math anxiety
  • How math coaching for teachers can boost student performance
  • Helping students develop conceptual understanding in math
You get the seven articles below in a downloadable PDF.

Download NowAs math trauma and anxiety affect educators, parents, and students, schools are exploring new ways to approach instruction. In this Spotlight, learn how educators are making math meaningful, how math coaching improves student learning, and why some states are ending algebra tracking.
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Source: Education Week

Are smartphones making us more or less productive? | Technology Intelligence - The Telegraph

Many of us can't imagine our lives without our smartphones, as The Telegraph reports.

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From answering emails to checking the news, our mobiles are surely the most productive tools we have in our lives. Almost everything is faster, easier and more efficient - or is it?

Gerard O'Shaughnessy, director of Business Marketing Services in Cleckheaton, recently said he felt so annoyed by employees being distracted by their phones, that he has begun confiscating them until lunchtime.

And he's not the only one. The Last Word Café in the British Library is believed to have told staff to hand over their phones to a supervisor when at work...
Am I addicted to my smartphone? | Dr Emma Russell reveals the warning signs 

Dr Emma Russell, Kingston University, says that if you pick up your phone after hearing a ringtone or vibration - even if you are in the middle of something - it could be a sign that you are "addicted" to your phone.

"We advise reducing notifications by turning off these alerts. If you go straight to your phone after an alert, it's what we call an addictive response," she said.

"Many people use their phone as a psychological crutch, whether it be for social interaction or the dreaded fear of missing out, or FOMO."
Some studies, such as in the Journal of Experimental Psychology in 2015, suggest that notifications are the real bane of productivity.

“We found that cellular phone notifications alone significantly disrupted performance on an attention-demanding task, even when participants did not directly interact with a mobile device,” said the report.

“The magnitude of observed distraction effects was comparable in magnitude to those seen when users actively used a mobile phone.”

Source: The Telegraph

Studying Through Delhi University’s School of Open Learning Online | Campus Ki Khabar - DU Express

The University of Delhi is a premier university of the country with a venerable legacy and international acclaim for highest academic standards, diverse educational programmes, distinguished faculty, illustrious alumni, varied co-curricular activities and modern infrastructure.

Photo: QuintDelhi University has been providing distance learning as well as regular programmes for various courses, but from this year students, will be able to access the School of Open Learning (SOL) undergraduate courses online writes Aastha Sardana.

Complying with UGC’s guidelines, the online SOL will have four components in all to help the students.

Source: DU Express

VaLinda Miller uses her love of books to open Turning Page Bookshop | Arts+Movies - Charleston City Paper

"I want to give back to Goose Creek what it gave to me," says VaLinda Miller, the owner of Turning Page Bookshop. 

Photo: Ruta SmithThose are the words Miller lives by, not only as an independent bookstore owner, but as a book lover herself.

Turning Page Bookshop is the newest addition to independently owned bookstores in the Charleston area, and the second African-American-owned bookstore in South Carolina, alongside the Malcolm X Center for Self Determination in Greenville.

Before Turning Page Bookshop opened its doors on June 1 of this year, Miller commuted to and from Seneca, S.C. at the former bookstore she owned, The Booksmith...

When entering Turning Page, a table in the center is filled with best-sellers like Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness by Jennifer Berry Hawes and Becoming by former First Lady Michelle Obama, and the walls are lined with bookshelves, each dedicated to its own genre: Bibles, Christian books, local authors, fiction, YA novels, cookbooks, and more.

Though a lot of the furniture was new and the walls were repainted, Miller kept several former designs from the previous tenant. The wall moldings that framed the styles of glasses were kept, lining the top of the bookshelves for an added aesthetic, and the mirrors were kept to keep customers engaged with the books and themselves.

"People can come in with their laptops and work on a project or paper, or can pick a book from a shelf and start reading," says Miller. "I want people to come here and feel comfortable and enjoy themselves. I want them to feel at home."

Source: Charleston City Paper

10 of the Best-Selling Books in History (Minus Religious Texts) | Book Corner - Mental Floss

Which books have sold the most throughout history? suggest Austin Thompson, researcher and app developer.

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The answer isn't as straightforward as it might seem. Older books that have been published for centuries have poor data, and a lack of copyright can allow for dozens of publishers to enter the field, making numbers even more difficult to count. Then there's the question of what counts as a single book—do you count The Lord of the Rings, for instance, as one item even though it was published as three separate books? (Tolkien himself clearly stated “The book is not of course a ‘trilogy’ . . . the story was conceived and written as a whole” and only split the story up because of length and cost issues.) Extending the issue, what is a book? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has sold an estimated 120 million copies worldwide, but IKEA printed 203 million catalogs in 2017 alone, and both Sorcerer’s and IKEA are just over 300 pages in length.

With the understanding that the definition of a book is difficult; data is often impossible to confirm; that religious books like the Bible and Qur’an will be excluded; and that this list is not exhaustive, complete, or even a "top 10," these are candidates for some of the best-selling books in history.

Source: Mental Floss

Here are the best books of 2019 so far, according to Amazon | Culture - Mashable

Time to add to your summer reading list notes Nicole Gallucci, writer for Mashable's Real Time News team.
Photo: Mashable composite: flatiron books and atria books and Ballantine books and Knopf
Summer has officially arrived, which means it's time to kick back, relax, and put a major dent in your reading list.

There are an overwhelming number of great books in the world, so if you're struggling to decide on which must-read to pick up next, have no fear — Amazon Books recently announced its selections for the Best Books of the Year, So Far.

In their annual mid-year list, editors at Amazon Books highlight some of their favorite books that published from January to June. The titles span across genres, ranging from thrilling fiction and powerful memoirs, to historical novels and more.

Here are 10 of 2019's best books so far, according to Amazon and Amazon Book Review editors.

Source: Mashable

10 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

Follow on Twitter as @GregoryCowlesSuggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books. 
Hey, baby: It’s the Fourth of July. Maybe read a book about America? My father will be — ever the history student, he’s made it a life goal to collect books about each president. (He reminds me that a few years ago, when I gave him Candice Millard’s “Destiny of the Republic,” about James A. Garfield’s assassination, I told him, “Good luck finding a whole book on Rutherford B. Hayes.”)
This week’s titles won’t help on the Hayes front — obviously — but we do have one book about two presidents: In “The Problem of Democracy,” Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein revisit the father-son team of John Adams (the second president) and John Quincy Adams (the sixth president), who between them spent much of their lives puzzling out the implications of self-rule as a form of government. Read that, and be struck anew by the coincidence that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the nation’s 50th birthday, July 4, 1826.
Democracy and America’s national identity are twin themes running through much of this week’s list. In “Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone,” the Canadian filmmaker Astra Taylor tries to develop a working definition for democracy. In “Ill Winds,” the political scientist Larry Diamond looks at threats to democratic order around the world. In “This America,” the historian Jill Lepore considers the uses and misuses of American exceptionalism. And in “Spying on the South,” the late journalist Tony Horwitz retraces Frederick Law Olmsted’s antebellum journey below the Mason-Dixon line to better understand the country’s stubborn divisions. We also recommend a couple of novels, a memoir of grief, a literary biography and a reporter’s exposé of the generic drug industry.
It’s not all bad news. When we reviewed three of those democracy books on our cover last week, we went with a cheeky grim headline — “Woe the People” — to reflect the mood of the times. But as Astra Taylor pointed out in a subsequent tweet, her book also celebrates the power of community organizing and grass-roots movements to effect change: Sometimes, she wrote, democracy’s real message is “Whoa, the people.”Read more...
Source: New York Times 

This year’s Three Books for new students focus on cities, community-building | Academics - The Stanford Daily

Civil and environmental engineering professor Sarah Billington selected the Three Books through a meticulous process, she said, focusing on cities and aiming to “increase [students’] sense of belonging by engaging with and contributing to their community.” by Mira Ravi, Author at The Stanford Daily.

Photo: L.A. Cicero/Stanford NewsOn June 24, incoming students received the Three Books of Stanford’s 2019 common reading program: “There There,” “Silicon City: San Francisco in the Long Shadow of the Valley” and “The Just City Essays: 26 Visions for Urban Equity, Inclusivity and Opportunity.” Civil and environmental engineering professor Sarah Billington selected the Three Books through a meticulous process, she said, focusing on cities and aiming to “increase [students’] sense of belonging by engaging with and contributing to their community.”

Stanford’s common reading program is a longstanding tradition. Until 2004, the books that freshmen read varied by dorm because resident fellows from each dorm would select the books. Since that year, however, all freshmen and transfer students have been assigned the same three texts to read over the summer. Also since 2004, the authors of the Three Books have been invited to the University to answer students’ questions and to discuss the books...

With this commitment in mind, Billington selected books that revolve around the theme of cities. Tommy Orange’s “There There” is about the narratives of several Native Americans whose stories are all connected in some way. Cary McClelland’s “Silicon City” focuses on the impact of technology on San Francisco, and “The Just City Essays” features 26 different authors from 22 cities who share their opinions on what a “just city” would look like.

Billington hopes the Three Books will communicate to students a message of belonging in a community, as Stanford will be a new community for the majority of incoming students.

Source: The Stanford Daily 

Intellectual Impatience (Philosophy Helps!) | Education - Patheos

Discussion and philosophy lead to virtuous living, not merely more discussion by John Mark Reynolds, president of The Saint Constantine School.

Photo: Eidos - John Mark ReynoldsWe are building a building and for that we need an architect, engineers, and other workers. I do not have training in any of these areas, so my job has been to get multiple educated perspectives (putting the project out to bid, getting an oversight team) and staying out the way.
A man must know what he does not know...

One way, pioneered by Socrates and perfected by Jesus, to grow in virtue is conversation with clarification of our ideas...

Plato writes of a “man of action” (Laches) who is a churl and a fool. He is too impatient to become truly courageous even though he has a natural boldness and a job as a general. Socrates is also a man of action, a brave warrior, but he is truly courageous in part because he has taken the time to know himself. Laches wants the reputation and the title (courage, general), while Socrates wants the reality.
Laches is frustrated when Socrates presses him on the nature of courage as virtue:

LACHES: No, I won’t say anything, Socrates, because it’s more appropriate for a Sophist to dabble in such subtleties than it is for a man who’s been chosen by his fellow citizens as one of their leaders.
SOCRATES: Well, my friend, I dare say that it’s appropriate for someone with the greatest responsibilities to have the greatest intelligence. And I do think we ought to try to see what has led Nicias to use the term ‘courage’ in this way.*Does moral philosophy make progress?

Source: Patheos 

Tap Strap: The Wearable Wireless Keyboard | Internet of Things - Evolving Science

Meghna Rao, MSc writes, Often, due to reasons such as driving, being stuck in meetings, causing disturbances to those around us or simply seeming rude, we find it difficult to pick up our phones or laptops to type out our memos to communicate. 

Demonstration of the Tap Strap.
Photo: Tap Systems, Inc.
The post-millennial generation has discovered a solution to this dilemma where it will now be possible to send messages just with the use of tactile senses on spaces. Wouldn’t that be convenient?

Introducing Tap Strap: a flexible, movement-sensitive keyboard made of a smart-material that can be wrapped around all the fingers of either hand with ease, as it fits like rings or fingerless gloves. Tap Strap helps you type on any available surface — tables, the floor, a book or your lap. This movements will in turn be relayed onto smart devices. The concept is simple in that each digit on the hand acts as a vowel and a combination of presses make the other letters, symbols, special signs and punctuations. Currently, there are 3 font sizes and 31 finger taps recognized by Tap Strap, one of these being three taps of the thumb to turn the machine on...

At the exponential rate that tech developments are being made, we’ll soon be saying goodbye to voice control and QWERTY, and welcoming virtual keyboards such as Tap Strap.

Source: Evolving Science

How teachers can learn from artificial intelligence | Education - Brookings Institution

The media has written extensively about artificial intelligence (AI), fretting about how it will replace humans in almost every job and be the demise of human civilization, says Alina von Davier, Senior Vice President - ACTNext, Adjunct Professor - Fordham University and Esther Care, Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development, Center for Universal Education.

But on a more positive note, we have gained a lot from machines and “AI-augmented” humans, from sensors to prosthetics to gene editing. Little attention, though, has been given to the more modest, but potentially impactful, knowledge transfer from machines to humans: teaching, learning, and assessment in schools.

We are referring to the deconstruction of complex human behavior into educational strategies that teachers can deploy in their classrooms. Machines can study and measure behavior in a way that the contributing cognitive and social processes that are part of children’s behavior are identifiable.

Complementing these learnings from AI, big data can also provide us with a way of deconstructing complex behaviors, or in other words, pulling complex behaviors apart to understand each contributing part. This is of course not a skill confined to AI. Teachers themselves can and do engage in these activities to understand the depth and nature of what they are teaching—and assessing.

Source: Brookings Institution

4 Models To Reinvent Higher Education for the 21st Century | Classroom - EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education

To appeal to Gen Z students and employers, universities will adopt new ways to deliver academic materials, focusing on customizable courses and experiences outside of the classroom by Eli Zimmerman, Associate Editor for EdTech Magazine Higher Education. 

Photo: ViewApart/Getty Images A recent report from Education Design Lab outlines four models for universities and colleges to stay relevant in an education world that continues to move online.

Five years in the making, the report details each of the models of innovation: the platform facilitator, experiential curator, learning certifier and workforce.

University officials can take a quiz to see which model best fits their campuses to create an innovative culture that fits the changing demands of higher education.

“Rather than simply change the delivery model or launch new programs and supports, we wanted to help institutions understand the pace of labor market changes and student needs as we stand on the precipice of artificial intelligence-enabled, full-on digital competency-based learning,” write the report’s authors.

Source: EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education

A math equation that predicts the end of humanity | Future Perfect - Vox.com

How much longer till we all die off? 760 years, give or take, argues William Poundstone, author of fourteen books.

Photo: Javier Zarracina/VoxThe most mind-boggling controversy in the contemporary philosophy of science is the “doomsday argument,” a claim that a mathematical formula can predict how long the human race will survive. It gives us even odds that our species will meet its end within the next 760 years.
The doomsday argument doesn’t tell what’s going to kill us — it just gives the date (very, very approximately).
When I first came across this idea, I thought it was absurd. A prediction must be founded on data, not math! That is by no means an uncommon reaction. One critic, physicist Eric J. Lerner, branded doomsday “pseudo-science, a mere manipulation of numbers.”
Prof. Holger Bech Nielsen
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Yet I now believe the doomsday prediction merits serious attention — I’ve written my latest book about it. Start with J. Richard Gott III. He’s a Princeton astrophysicist, one of several scholars who independently formulated the doomsday argument in the last decades of the 20th century. (Others are physicists Holger Bech Nielsen and Brandon Carter and philosopher John Leslie.) In 1969, Gott was a physics undergraduate fresh out of Harvard, spending the summer in Europe. At a visit to the Berlin Wall, he did a quick calculation and announced to a friend: The Berlin Wall will stand at least 2 and 2/3 more years but no more than 24 more years...
Demographers have estimated the total number of people who ever lived at about 100 billion. That means that about 100 billion people were born before me. Currently, about 130 million people are born each year. At that rate, it would take only about 760 years for another 100 billion more people to be born. That’s the basis of the claim that there’s a 50 percent chance that humans will become extinct within about 760 years. The flip side of the claim is there’s also a 50 percent chance we’ll survive past 760 years, possibly long past that.
As Holger Bech Nielsen pointed out, the latter part of this estimation isn’t airtight. A sharp decrease in the birthrate could postpone doomsday. Yet it’s hard to put an upbeat spin on that. It might mean a global catastrophe leaving a handful of post-apocalyptic survivors. Read more... 

Recommended Reading
The Doomsday Calculation:
How an Equation that Predicts the Future Is Transforming Everything We Know About Life and the Universe Source: Vox.com 

Student Success through Digital Learning | St John's University News

Dynamic advances in digital technology have caused today’s college students to grow up in an educational system that is profoundly different from the ones previous generations experienced. 

Photo: Eric StollerAs a result, educators must be able to keep pace with this critical trend if they want to successfully prepare tomorrow’s workforce.

That imperative was underscored throughout St. John’s University’s “Teaching Narratives Symposium: Engaging Digital Learners,” which was held recently in the D’Angelo Center Ballroom, on the Queens, NY, campus. The term “digital learners” refers to students who have spent their formative years immersed in technology and whose way of learning is shaped by this.

“Digital technology is an integral part of the everyday lives of these students, who have never lived in a world where technology was not ubiquitous. As a result, their expectations of a quality learning experience are very different. This challenges us as faculty to continually evolve our pedagogical approaches,” said Cynthia R. Phillips, Ed.D., Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, in welcoming remarks she made to guests who gathered on June 13 for the daylong event...

“How many of you were taught in a very traditional classroom environment, where someone was standing in front of a chalkboard or a whiteboard?” Mr. Stoller asked his audience. “This is the way many of us were taught, so, this is the way we are comfortable teaching others. There is not necessarily a focus on eliminating this model of teaching, which we know works. The focus is actually on enhancing and accentuating the way we reach today’s learners through the use of digital technology.”

Source: St John's University News

University of South Carolina Aiken Deploys Lecture Capture with Interactive Features | Campus Technology

Rhea Kelly, executive editor for Campus Technology reports, The University of South Carolina Aiken is rolling out a digital lecture capture and media management solution campuswide.

Photo: YuJaThe institution embarked on a year-long study and evaluation process, ultimately selecting the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform.

YuJa's toolset includes:
  • Desktop software-based lecture capture and live streaming, able to capture multiple video, audio and screen sources;
  • Hardware appliance lecture capture and live streaming;
  • Browser-based capture, enabling instructors to record content using any Apple or PC web browser; and
  • Mobile lecture capture for tablets and smartphones, via native Apple iOS and Android apps.
In addition, the platform includes a variety of social learning tools, including real-time discussions, video podcasting, course instant messaging, video quizzes and polls, the ability to create a private media channel, and other media sharing options...

Source: Campus Technology


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