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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

AI vendors attack data scientist shortage with trainings | Problem solve - TechTarget

Mark Labbe, news writer for SearchEnterpriseAI and SearchBusinessAnalytics says, Internal data science training programs have helped vendors when colleges and universities have failed. Training is helping to fix the data scientist shortage.

The data scientist shortage, caused partially because AI and analytics technologies are constantly changing, and partially because colleges and universities can't keep up with the demand for data science education, is well-documented, and has been a problem for years.

To attack that shortage, data science vendors are developing internal and external training programs that provide education to their own employees and to their clients' employees.

Internal training programs 
Fusemachines, Inc., a New York-based startup founded in 2013, provides AI experts, such as developers, engineers and programmers, to companies looking to build or refine their own AI systems.

Clients request all sorts of work, but right now, recommendation engines for retailers are in particularly high demand, said Steve Rennie, director of research at Fusemachines...

One customer, a United Kingdom-based statistics company, has been working with Cloudera on a project to onboard more statisticians, Brandwein said... 

The New York-based company works with new graduates as well as more seasoned employees. Most clients are almost ready for the modern workforce, but are not quite there yet. New graduates might have a Ph.D. in mathematics, but no experience in machine learning. Older employees, meanwhile, might have much experience with machine learning, but not with using some of the newer machine learning tools.

Source: TechTarget  

Actuarial science celebrates success on 60th anniversary | Daily Illini

The actuarial science program is celebrating its 60th anniversary at the University with a Risk Analytics Symposium and an Illinois Actuarial Science Reception on Thursday, May 16., The Daily Illini Staff Report.

The symposium provides practitioners, academics and students a venue to discuss the latest technological development and discoveries, trending industrial research in actuarial science, risk management and advanced analytics at the new Illinois Risk Lab connected to the program.

The Risk Analytics Symposium will be held at the Illini Center in Chicago from 8:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Photo: Runhuan Feng
“While there have been lots of conferences on data science, the Risk Analytics Symposium is the first of its kind to focus on advanced analytics applied to uncertainty quantification and risk management,” Runhuan Feng, the head of actuarial science at the University, said in an email...

“The actuarial science group is partnering with mathematics, statistics and finance department administrations to develop a new joint master’s program in Predictive Analytics and Risk Management,” Feng said. “If successful, the new program would enable Illinois to establish itself as one of the innovators in preparing students for the nascent profession of predictive analytics.”
Read more...  

Source: Daily Illini

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Emotional Intelligence: The Social Skills You Weren't Taught in School | Mind Hacks - Lifehacker

This post originally appeared on Lifehacker and was published February 20, 2019. This article is republished here with permission.

You’re taught about history, science, and math when you’re growing up. Most of us, however, aren’t taught how to identify or deal with our own emotions, or the emotions of others. These skills can be valuable, but you’ll never get them in a classroom, explains Eric Ravenscraft, Freelance writer, editor.

Photo: Lifehacker
What Is Emotional Intelligence?
Measuring emotional intelligence is relatively new in the field of psychology, only first being explored in the mid-80s. Several models are currently being developed, but for our purposes, we’ll examine what’s known as the “mixed model,” developed by psychologist Daniel Goleman. The mixed model has five key areas:
  • Self-awareness: Self-awareness involves knowing your own feelings. This includes having an accurate assessment of what you’re capable of, when you need help, and what your emotional triggers are.
  • Self-management: This involves being able to keep your emotions in check when they become disruptive. Self-management involves being able to control outbursts, calmly discussing disagreements, and avoiding activities that undermine you like extended self-pity or panic.
  • Motivation: Everyone is motivated to action by rewards like money or status. Goleman’s model, however, refers to motivation for the sake of personal joy, curiosity, or the satisfaction of being productive.
  • Empathy: While the three previous categories refer to a person’s internal emotions, this one deals with the emotions of others. Empathy is the skill and practice of reading the emotions of others and responding appropriately.
  • Social skills: This category involves the application of empathy as well as negotiating the needs of others with your own. This can include finding common ground with others, managing others in a work environment, and being persuasive.
You can read a bit more about these different categories here...

Social Skills
Summing up all social skills in one section of an article would do about as much justice to the topic as if we snuck in a brief explainer on astrophysics. However, the tools you develop in the other four areas will help you resolve a lot of social problems that many adults still wrestle with.

Source: Lifehacker

The 34 New Skills You Can Now Learn on LinkedIn Learning | New Courses - LinkedIn Learning

Paul Petrone, Editor - LinkedIn Learning suggests, Each week presents a new opportunity for you and your team to learn the skills necessary to take on the next big challenge.

Photo:  Learning Blog - LinkedIn Learning

And, at LinkedIn Learning, we want to do everything we can to help make that happen.

So, each week, we add to our 13,000+ course library. And this past week was no different, as we added 34 new courses covering everything from AWS to mobile development to overcoming your fear of public speaking. 

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:
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Additional resources 
Want to see what else we offer?  
View all of LinkedIn Learning's 13,000+ courses today

Source: LinkedIn Learning (Blog)

World Book Day celebrations | Calendar Labs

World Book Day is celebrated every year on April 23. UNESCO undertakes the responsibility of the event. 

With the help of the event, UNESCO aims to inculcate reading habits among people, especially the youth and highlight the various issues surrounding authors, publishers and other related parties. Since Copyright is a big issue in the world of books and writing, there is always a focus on the issue on the World Book Day. That's why, in many parts of the world, this day is also known as the World Book and Copyright Day.

The first ever World Book Day was celebrated on April 23, 1995. The date as decided by UNESCO as it was also the death and birth anniversary of William Shakespeare, a world famous author. The date also coincided with the death anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes, who was a noted Spanish author. Some other well known authors whose birth or death anniversary falls on this day are Maurice Druon, Josep Pla and Halldor Laxness.

The idea of the day was taken from a Spanish tradition. April 23rd has always been celebrated as "The Rose Day" in Spain. On this day, people exchanged roses for showing their love and support, much like the Valentine's Day...

In UK as well as Ireland, the day is celebrated on the first Thursday of March instead of April 23. April 23 is the St. George's Day in UK, and hence, to avoid a clash with it, the day has been moved in UK as well as Ireland.  

Source: Calendar Labs

Celebrating 50 years of The Open University | Open University

I wish you a happy birthday!

It's our birthday: the Open University turns 50 today!
Since 1969, more than 2 million people have come through the OU's virtual doors. From 24,000 students in our first intake, we’re now one of the largest providers of Higher Education in Europe, with over 174,000 people studying with us.

For five decades, it has been our mission to be open to all people, places, methods and ideas. Our flexibility and ground-breaking learning have made us a key partner for employers to address skills gaps and improve business performance.
Thank you to our partners across different nations and sectors who took the opportunity to say “happy birthday” to us:

The Open University at 50 

As The Open University turns 50 today, we are celebrating the partnerships we have with businesses, organisations and educational institutions around the world. We invite you to join in the celebrations by using the hashtag #OU50.

Thanks to the following for your messages so far: Paul Milner at IBM, Laura Powell and Clare Frost from RSPCA, Kate Kelly at Public Health England, Ivan McDougall from the City of London Corporation, Leigh-Ann Elliott of Babington, Joe Crossley, CEO of Qube Learning, Heidi Mulvey, Tamsin Markina-Wastell and Merrin Hagger from Cambridge University Press, Talat Yaqoob of Equate Scotland, Elaine Everitt-Smith from Leonard Cheshire and Charlotte Blant and team at Youthforce.

Don’t miss the BBC documentary ‘Happy Birthday OU: 50 Years of the Open University’ on BBC Four on Thursday 25 April, at 9pm.
Read more... 

Source: The Open University

Monday, April 22, 2019

12 of the most important books for women in philosophy | Arts & Humanities /Philosophy - OUPblog

To celebrate women’s enormous contributions to philosophy, here is a reading list of books that explore recent feminist philosophy and women philosophers, writes Panumas King, marketing executive at Oxford University Press.

Photo: “Great treasure books” by Aliis Sinisalu Public domain via Unsplash

Despite their apparent invisibility in the field in the past, women have been practising philosophers for centuries. Some of the great social and cultural movements have also been enriched by the female minds and their indefatigable efforts. Explore books on feminist philosophy, gender oppression, and women’s empowerment by female authors who approach pressing issues with analytical clarity and insight. Learn more about the classic female philosophers and their legacies.

Source: OUPblog

For the First Time a Bulgarian Won a Scholarship from the Hertz Foundation | Society -

23-year-old Alex Atanasov is the first and only Bulgarian who has won the prestigious scholarship for young scientists of the American Hertz Foundation, learned from him.

Photo: Alex Atanasov
The Hertz Foundation scholarship is awarded once a year to the most prominent US graduate students in Applied Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering.

Each year, the Foundation examines the scientific developments and abstracts of more than 800 PhD students, with about 40 finalists selected. The finalists pass through two heavy two-hour interviews with a specialist in the field. Finally, the scholarship is awarded to 10 to 15 students. These selected youngsters are among the most prestigious group of young scientists, engineers and mathematicians in the world. Over the last 56 years, 1226 awards have been awarded by the Foundation.

Among the winners are: Nobel laureates; Turing Award winners, Medal holders in the field of mathematics, other major awards in the field of science; 40 members of National Academies; founders of more than 200 companies; military generals; holders of over 3000 patents; and hundreds of renowned academics.


The way we teach STEM is out of date. Here’s how we can update it | Science & Tech - Qrius

This article was originally published on the World Economic Forum’s website.

What can be done to support more humane, ethical, and effective technology? Can teaching STEM differently make a difference? argues Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman of the Board, Mozilla.

Photo: Pexels 908284
The Internet’s dark side is more evident than ever, as “Big Tech” platforms give users tools to manipulate opinion, spew hate, and incite violence. To restore the Internet’s positive potential, we must ensure that those who drive its progress learn to assess the social, economic, and political consequences of their work.

After a prolonged honeymoon for the digital economy, the dark side of the Internet, social media, and “Big Tech” has become increasingly apparent in recent years. Online, what is good for business is not necessarily good for individuals or societies. Big Tech platforms make it easy to manipulate opinion, spew hate, and incite violence. 

We once naively believed that mass access to the World Wide Web would inevitably democratize information; today, we worry about the emergence of an “addiction economy” that is bad for everyone. What can be done to support more humane, ethical, and effective technology? 

One important way to address this problem in a systemic way is by reforming education in the so-called STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and math. Policymakers worldwide are already focusing on increasing the number of STEM graduates and the diversity of STEM students. But we should also expand the scope of STEM education, to ensure that students learn to evaluate and respond to the social, economic, and political consequences of their work...

Fortunately, the seeds of this educational revolution are already sprouting. Some universities are adding ethics classes to the STEM curriculum. Stanford University, with its deep links to the tech industry, has recently added courses with topics like “Ethics, Public Policy, and Technological Change” and “Computers, Ethics, and Public Policy.”

Stanford has also recently launched a new Human-Centered AI Initiative, which recognizes that “the development of AI should be paired with an ongoing study of its impact on human society, and guided accordingly.” Last year, Cornell launched the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity. 

These early initiatives can serve as important testing grounds for new curricula and methods. But the real change will come only when all STEM programs provide students with the tools they need to carry out a credible assessment of their work’s effects on humanity.

Source: Qrius

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Two books to read that will change one’s perception of manga | Arts - The International Examiner

Paul Mori, Author at International Examiner recommends, If you have never entered the world of manga or have dismissed it for whatever reason, two books intend to change and widen the perception of manga, not only for the uninitiated, but also for the ardent fans, and do so by very different means.

Japanese Notebooks:
A Journey to the Empire of Signs
Hokusai X Manga: Japanese Pop Culture Since 1600 makes the case that many older cultural and historical forces shaped the evolution of manga into the popular form that is known today. It seeks to show that such esteemed artists such as Utamaro, Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi and Hokusai provided the pathway for manga’s development, by laying the groundwork for creating a narrative style and a visual language based on certain themes.

Although it may not seem so today, but in their own time, these artists were largely creating art for the consumption of the common man, and not for the elite. The depictions of worlds beyond, inhabited by ghosts, monsters and exotic places have parallels in the manga that became popular in the 20th century. It should not surprise anyone who knows Japanese horror films, that the grotesquely disfigured ghosts and monsters in those artists’ paintings were predecessors of what was to follow.

Even the notorious erotic content of Japanese modern manga has roots in the Shunga (pictures of spring) paintings of the Edo Period, dating back to 1770 – these range from the mildly erotic to the very graphically sexual (note: the book contains such examples) and were often officially banned, but sold secretly...

Igort writes about quirky topics of Japanese history and culture that interest him, defying convention while adding a personal stamp on everything he does. Although the abrupt shifts to historical topics and sidebars may seem initially jarring, readers will join the journey of discovery and settle in with the book’s rhythm. Though not explicit, some of the topics are of an extreme adult sexual nature, so Japanese Notebooks is clearly not for children.

Source: The International Examiner