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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Adult Learning Institute September programming | News Briefs - Hudson Valley 360

The Adult Learning Institute has announced its programs for September. All programs are held at Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Hudson. Call the ALI Office at 518-828-4181 ext. 3431 or email ali@sunycgcc.edu. to register by Hudson Valley 360.


Exploring Your Family History 1-2, 2-3 or 3-4 p.m. Sept. 23 and Sept. 25 in the Faculty/Staff Lounge. The Sept. 25 sessions will be held in the ALI Office Room 103. Learn about your family history, local history and/or cultural heritage without expensive online subscriptions, expense or travel by scheduling a consultation with ALI member Glenn Fisher. Advance registration is required as this program is restricted to one person per session. One time trial consultation for non ALI members is also encouraged.
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Source: Hudson Valley 360

Bordentown adult education program encourages lifelong learning | Bordentown - Community News Service

The Bordentown Community District Alliance adult education program runs high school equivalency classes, citizenship exam lessons, and more, summarizes Michele Alperin, freelance writer.

Krista Csapo works during the day as a middle school teacher in Delran, but the Bordentown resident spends evenings in what she says is “probably the most rewarding job I’ve ever done”—preparing adults to earn high school equivalency diplomas in Bordentown’s adult education program. “These adults see changes in their lives that they’ve been meaning to make for many years,” she says.

Students in the program run the gamut in age, motivation and life circumstances, says Darlene de la Cruz, supervisor of Bordentown’s adult basic education, English as a second language, and high school equivalency program. The most common reason students dropped out of school was overwhelming family circumstances, she says, and the people who stereotype these students as having been “too lazy” to complete high school are simply wrong, she says.

Csapo is particularly proud of two students. The first, after doing well in high school, stopped going to school in his junior year, when his mother went to war in Iraq. When he tried to return, the school told him he had missed too many days and couldn’t begin again until the next school year...

Some students just need a brush-up on English, writing, and math to be ready for the test. Others need a few months of preparation and practice. Those who come in at the sixth grade level start in adult basic education. When students test in at a ninth grade level, De la Cruz says, “I tell them it’s like riding a bike. You may not have been in school for a while, but once you’re into it the skills will come back.”

Students use multiple online programs in class to develop their skills, and have the option of also using them at home. “Because they are adults and have so many balls in the air, we want to give them as much flexibility in learning as possible,” De la Cruz says.
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Source: Community News Service

VA Leaders Emphasize Focus on User-Centered Design | human-centered design - GovernmentCIO Media

Agency leaders linked complex IT modernization initiatives with improving customer experience by GovernmentCIO Media.

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Speaking at the 2019 PSC Tech Trends Conference, VA leaders outlined the agency’s efforts to consolidate technical advances around a singular focus on improving user experience.

Convening for a VA-centered panel hosted by Chief Modernization Officer Suraf Asgedom, Chief of Staff of the Veterans Experience Office Lee Becker, Director of Enterprise Measurement Anil Tilbe, and resident statistician David Maron outlined how the agency’s increasingly sophisticated IT initiatives ultimately return to this recent push towards reforming veterans care.

Summarizing the agency’s perspective, Asgedom emphasized three pillars of the VA’s ongoing modernization efforts - to transform systems, simplify operations, and empower both VA employees and veterans to embrace change. Despite the sheer breadth of agency reforms, Asgedom noted they centered on a single philosophy, “This is driven in support of customer service.”...

AI processing and data management can ultimately be used to improve customer care and human-centered design for these complex segments, Tilbe concluded.

Source: GovernmentCIO Media

Where are the jobs of the future? | Monash Business School - The New Daily

There’s a lot of uncertainty about the extent of artificial intelligence on the jobs of tomorrow by The New Daily.

Here are the skills that will get you ready for the future workforce.
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Without bringing out a crystal ball, here are three areas that are already experiencing a significant rise in jobs with seemingly boundless opportunities for growth across multiple industries.
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Source: The New Daily

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

11 Ways Novices Can Start the Process of Learning AI Programming | Podium - The Next Web

Artificial intelligence systems represent a pretty exciting area of study: There is a good-sized call for people with the skills needed, and the technology is still developing and growing, according to Scott Gerber, founder of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). 

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However, it can be difficult to figure out how best to get involved with the tech, especially if you’re wanting to learn on your own.

Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available for beginners to build up their knowledge and skills—or even figure out whether this path is for them. To find out more, we asked a panel of Young Entrepreneur Council the following:
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Source: The Next Web

Computers and Humans ‘See’ Differently. Does It Matter? | Abstractions blog - Quanta Magazine

In some ways, machine vision is superior to human vision. In other ways, it may never catch up by Kevin Hartnett, senior writer at Quanta Magazine covering mathematics and computer science. 

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When engineers first endeavored to teach computers to see, they took it for granted that computers would see like humans. The first proposals for computer vision in the 1960s were “clearly motivated by characteristics of human vision,” said John Tsotsos, a computer scientist at York University.

Things have changed a lot since then.

Computer vision has grown from a pie-in-the-sky idea into a sprawling field. Computers can now outperform human beings in some vision tasks, like classifying pictures — dog or wolf? — and detecting anomalies in medical images. And the way artificial “neural networks” process visual data looks increasingly dissimilar from the way humans do.
Computers are beating us at our own game by playing by different rules...

There is a lot we don’t know about human vision, but we know it doesn’t work like that. In our recent story, “A Mathematical Model Unlocks the Secrets of Vision,” Quanta described a new mathematical model that tries to explain the central mystery of human vision: how the visual cortex in the brain creates vivid, accurate representations of the world based on the scant information it receives from the retina...

(In an interview with Quanta Magazine last year, the artificial intelligence pioneer Judea Pearl made this point more generally when he argued that correlation training won’t get AI systems very far in the long run.)
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Source: Quanta Magazine

Mathematicians Are So Close to Cracking This 82-Year-Old Riddle | Math - Popular Mechanics

But still so far, says Dave Linkletter, Ph.D. candidate in Pure Mathematics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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This week, we’ve celebrated the long-awaited answer to a decades-old math problem, and now we’re one step closer to an even older numbers puzzle that has stumped the world’s brightest minds. But many mathematicians, including the one responsible for this newest breakthrough, think a complete answer to the 82-year-old riddle is still far away.

Terence Tao is one of the greatest mathematicians of our time. At age 21, he got his Ph.D. at Princeton. At 24, he became the youngest math professor at UCLA⁠—ever. And in 2006 he won the Fields Medal, known as the Nobel Prize of math, at the age of 31.

One of the best things about Tao is that he really delivers on content, and openly shares it with the world. His blog is like a modern-day da Vinci’s notebook. Name a subject in advanced math, and he’s written about it.

So this week, Tao takes us to the Collatz Conjecture. Proposed in 1937 by German mathematician Lothar Collatz, the Collatz Conjecture is fairly easy to describe, so here we go...

So, now that we know its counterexamples are rarer than ever, where does that leave the problem? Are we one step away from a complete solution? Well, even Tao says no.  

Recommended Reading
10 of the Toughest Math Problems Ever Solved by Dave Linkletter, Ph.D. candidate in Pure Mathematics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Photo: Popular Science Monthly Volume 82 [Public domain]Wikimedia Commons.
Source: Popular Mechanics 

39 New Skills You Can Now Learn on LinkedIn Learning | New Courses - The Learning Blog

Each week presents a new opportunity for you and your team to learn the skills necessary to take on the next big challenge, reports Zoë Kelsey, Learning Supporter at LinkedIn. 

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At LinkedIn Learning, we want to do everything we can to help make that happen. Each week, we add to our 14,000+ course library. This past week we added 39 courses. What can you expect from the new additions? 

Whatever your career aspirations may be, from succeeding in your day to day job, to taking your career to the next level, to being an inspiring leader, and nailing all of the moments in between, we’ve got you covered. 

Check out one of the 39 new courses this week from being promotable to Cloud Security, and more, to invest in you and your teams’ careers. 

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:
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Source: LinkedIn Learning

Sunday, September 15, 2019

In London, it’s easy to find a bookstore that floats your boat. (Really. One is on a barge.) | Lifestyle - The Washington Post

For literary masterpieces, first editions, medieval maps, comics and more, you just have to know where to look, according to Michael Hingston, author and publisher based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Regent's Canal in Kings Cross is an unusual site for a bookstore. 
Photo: Harry Mitchell for The Washington Post

The first time I went to London, I asked a friend who lived there for bookstore recommendations. “Well,” he said with a pause, “that depends. What kind?” I was too embarrassed to admit I didn’t realize I had to specify. But given that I was in the center of the English-speaking literary world, it was an entirely reasonable question.  

That sense of overload returned immediately on a recent trip back to the city, but this time I was better prepared for the depth and breadth of London’s literary marketplace. Looking for a first edition of “Brideshead Revisited”? No problem. How about a medieval map? You can find that, too. Want to pick up a stack of recent paperbacks — from inside a boat? Step right this way (and mind your head).

No matter your interests, or your budget, London has a bookshop for you...

Word on the Water
It might sound like a gimmick — and the ambiance of Regent’s Canal certainly doesn’t hurt — but this floating, century-old Dutch barge is a legitimate secondhand bookshop. Its stock ranges from classics to photography to contemporary fiction, and the farther inside you venture, the snugger it gets; when you reach the children’s section on the lowest level, you’ll find the L-shaped couch that attracts patrons and the bookshop dog alike. In warmer weather, the shop hosts live music on its rooftop stage. When it gets chilly, there’s a wood-burning stove to help keep you warm as you browse.
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Source: The Washington Post

Why Vinyl, Books and Magazines Will Never Go Away | Business - Bloomberg

Supposedly outdated content formats like LPs and print allow consumers — and marketers — to go beyond the masses by Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg Opinion's Europe columnist.

Groovy.
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Vinyl records, paper books, glossy magazines – all should be long dead, but they’re refusing to go away and even showing some surprising growth. It’s probably safe to assume that people will always consume content in some kind of physical shell – not just because we instinctively attach more value to physical goods than to digital ones, but because there’ll always be demand for independence from the huge corporations that push digital content on us.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl album sales grew 12.9% in dollar terms to $224 million and 6% in unit terms to 8.6 million in the first half of 2019, compared with the first six months of 2018. Compact disc sales held steady, and if the current dynamic holds, old-fashioned records will overtake CDs soon, offsetting the decline in other physical music sales. Streaming revenue grew faster for obvious reasons: It’s cheaper and more convenient. But people are clearly not about to give up a technology that hasn’t changed much since the 1960s...

A similar logic applies to books. According to the American Booksellers’ Association, independent bookstores’ sales went up about 5% in 2018. These stores are where people hang out, discuss their discoveries, receive recommendations and advice. They are also where the products of small publishing houses can get more attention than they do in major bookstores or on Amazon.
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Source: Bloomberg