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Friday, August 23, 2019

Sometimes You Don’t Need Deep Learning: Eye on A.I. | Artificial Intelligence - Fortune

Schneider Electric is using basic data crunching in some of its technology. And that's just fine by them by Jonathan Vanian, Fortune.

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Ibrahim Gokcen, the digital chief technology officer for industrial giant Schneider Electric, has some words of caution about deep learning—the latest craze in artificial intelligence. Sometimes, conventional data crunching works just fine.

All of the technology sold by Schneider that warns corporate customers when their industrial equipment may fail uses basic analytics or statistical analysis to make predictions. Although the software incorporates machine learning, it doesn't use deep learning, a technology that has led to breakthroughs in image and language translation.

But that's okay, Gokcen explained...

Traditional data analytics and machine learning work perfectly well for Schneider Electric, the 180-year old company that is known for its circuit breakers and other electrical equipment. Additionally, using older data crunching technology makes it easier for the company's data scientists to understand how those systems reach their conclusions—a challenge for even the best deep-learning experts.

Source: Fortune

Computer power opens doors for AI and machine learning – a NVIDIA research scientist explains | Artificial Intelligence - WRAL Tech Wire

Editor’s note:
This is the latest in the UpTech series focusing on Artificial Intelligence brought to you in partnership between and WRAL TechWire. Alexander Ferguson is founder and CEO of YourLocalStudio. Links to some earlier posts in the series are embedded for your convenience and information.

Computer power opens doors for AI and machine learning – Alicia Klinefelter, research scientist for NVIDIA explains below.

Defining AI and Machine Learning | Interview with Alicia Klinefelter (Part 1)  

Welcome back to UpTech Report Series on AI. In this video and online transcript, we sit down with Alicia Klinefelter, research scientist for NVIDIA, and ask her to help define AI and the different types of AI that we often hear about.

Alicia is an expert in her field. She has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia. Since joining NVIDIA, her focus has turned more towards high-performance hardware, including machine learning circuits and systems.

Source: WRAL Tech Wire and UpTech Report Channel (YouTube)

7 Great Free Online Courses to Help You Learn about AI and Machine Learning | Education - Interesting Engineering

These online courses will help you get started with the basics of AI and ML, says Christopher McFadden, Author.

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With all the hype around artificial intelligence and machine learning, it might have crossed your mind if these are viable fields for a career or career change. But before you make a big decision like this you might want to find out what they are all about first. 

Here we have gathered some of the best-rated and reviewed courses on these subjects that you can take for free. These are just suggestions and you can find many more on the net...

LinkedIn might be a good start here. Try to connect with someone in the field and start a conversation - who knows where it will take you!

If you want to learn about a beginner's adventure from zero knowledge to mastery, you might want to read the following story on

Where can I learn about Artificial Intelligence for free?
There are a few places you can learn about Artificial Intelligence online and for free. For example, many of the top tech universities in the world have uploaded content you can watch for free on sites like YouTube.
Read more...  

Additional resources

Women learning engineering at home
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Discover the Top Online Engineering Courses to Take in 2019 by Nader Mowlaee, Electronics Engineer.

Source: Interesting Engineering

The Amazing Ways YouTube Uses Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning | Enterprise & Cloud - Forbes

There are more than 1.9 billion users logged in to YouTube every single month who watch over a billion hours of video every day, explains Bernard Marr, internationally best-selling author, popular keynote speaker, futurist, and a strategic business & technology advisor to governments and companies. 

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Every minute, creators upload 300 hours of video to the platform. With this number of users, activity, and content, it makes sense for YouTube to take advantage of the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to help operations. Here are a few ways YouTube, owned by Google, uses artificial intelligence today...

Guillaume Chaslot, a former Google employee and founder of an initiative urging greater transparency known as AlgoTransparency, explained that the metric used by YouTube’s algorithm to determine a successful recommendation is watch time. This is good for the platform and the advertisers, but not so good for the users, he said. This situation could amplify videos that have outlandish content, and the more people spend time watching it, the more it gets recommended. 
Read more... 

Source: Forbes

OSU-Cascades fall Community Learning workshops open for registration | Oregon State University

Oregon State University – Cascades’ fall adult community learning workshops begin in September and  are open for registration, inform Community Learning.

Kinesiology instructor Lisa Flexner co-teaches the Tools for Successful Aging course.
Geared toward personal and professional development, the workshops cover topics including health, film and art, leadership development, and equity and inclusion.

The workshops will be led by OSU-Cascades faculty and local industry leaders and experts...

Fees for most workshops are $79 plus a $35 application fee. To learn more or register visit or call 541-706-2101.
Read more... 

About OSU-Cascades:

Oregon State University’s campus in Bend, Ore. features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism, recreation and adventure leadership. OSU-Cascades expanded to a four-year university in 2015; its new campus opened in 2016.

Source: Oregon State University 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

At Indiana U., video platform blends traditional and distance education | Higher Education - EdScoop News

Students can't always make it to class, but a video conferencing platform ensures many in-classroom benefits are preserved with remote attendance, Betsy Foresman, editorial fellow for Scoop News Group reports.

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Students attending Indiana University are now able to combine the collaborative benefits of a traditional classroom education with the ease of access that comes with distance learning, through video conferencing technology.

In a report published last week, the university announced it had partnered with software provider Pexip to test the feasibility of a remote attendance policy, which would allow students to join live lectures remotely. The web-based video conferencing platform delivers dual views of the instructor and classmates, enables remote students to hear the instructor and any student speaking in the class, and allows remote students to join in-class discussions in real time.

According to the report, students are excited about this new attendance option, which gives them increased flexibility around how they can attend and be present in class...

By bringing live lectures into the virtual space, motivated students now have more options and don’t have to decide between attending class or skipping.

Instead, they can listen to and actively participate in live-lectures from where ever they may.

Source: EdScoop News 

Are international students in South Korea addicted to the internet? | University - Study International News

It’s hard to escape the technological trappings of a smartphone screen or laptop while studying for your degree, notes Study International Staff.

Remember, students getting addicted to the internet doesn’t just happen in South Korea
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International students currently stationed in South Korea may already be exposed to the digital dilemmas of internet addiction and computer game habits that the country is currently facing.
With 95 percent of adults owning a smartphone and internet addiction rehab camps growing in popularity, it’s easy to see how overseas students can get carried away with the country’s digitised culture.

As one of the most wired countries on the planet, The Washington Post describes South Korea as a “Country where it’s entirely unremarkable for elementary school students to carry smartphones and where the cell network is so good that people livestream TV on the subway.”...

But despite appearing anti-social, gaming has its fair share of social elements. From online forums to conversations with neighbouring players, this digital form of distraction may soothe those feeling homesick or lacking friendship.

Of course, every student is different and not every learner gets wrapped up in digital distractions.

Source: Study International News

How to Attract and Retain Top Gen Z Talent | News and Trends - Entrepreneur

Ease into the future alongside your young recruits by Syed Balkhi, entrepreneur and the co-founder.

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There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about Millennials, but what about Generation Z? 

Gen Zers were born between 1995 and 2010, which means they’re either fairly new to the workforce (the oldest of the group being 24) or will be entering it in the near future. According to a joint study by management-consultants McKinsey and consumer-trend researchers Box 1824, Generation Z are digital natives, identity nomads, realistic, radically inclusive and want more dialogue and less confrontation. To prepare your company for this newest wave of workers, you’ve got to adapt, and here's how to best attract and retain top Gen Z talent. 
Read more... 

Source: Entrepreneur

3 Gen Z shopping trends: Digital natives want to ‘buy into better’ | E-commerce - Netimperative

There is a noticeable desire amongst the younger generation generation ‘to buy into better’ than their older counterparts, according to new research.

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Shopper marketing agency Zeal Creative has launched the findings of its most recent research.

Entitled ‘Gen Z: Buying into Better’, the findings offer key insight into the next generation’s shopper behaviour, as well as advice for brands on how to best engage with this audience.

The research involved in-depth interviews, online qualitative and online quantitative questions amongst a total of 915 Gen Z shoppers. It explored what, how and why this generation, now in their late teens and early twenties, buy...

This generation is also much more switched on and pragmatic around value exchange too, with 61% happy to submit personal data in return for rewards and offers and nearly half (42%) saying they would submit more data if it meant greater rewards.

Key take-aways for brands
· How can your products fit the needs of shoppers seeking self-improvement?
· Can you shift from being a product to being more life-style led?
· How can shopper marketing empower Gen Z with a sense of purpose?
· Can you better bring purposeful stories to life within shopper environments?
· Are you adequately rewarding Gen Z shoppers for sharing data?
· Are you employing promotional marketing to keep Gen Z shoppers interested and engaged?

Commenting on the research, Callum Saunders, Head of Planning at ZEAL Creative says: “Our research gives some fascinating insight for brands looking to reach Gen Z shoppers. 

These informed shoppers are actively seeking hacks to become the best version of themselves and buying into progressive, wellness focused products.

Source: Netimperative    

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

What’s in a PhD? | Society - Asia Sentinel

Is a doctoral degree a necessity for success in Southeast Asia?, writes Murray Hunter, development specialist based in Southeast Asia. 

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In mid-2017, Mary Yap Kain Ching, Malaysia’s deputy minister for higher education, announced her ministry was establishing a database to verify educators and others’ doctorates. That, Yap said, was because fake doctorates had become rampant in the country. Although she didn’t say it, an ever-growing list of parliamentarians has called themselves PhDs.

Across Asia and not just in Malaysia, that is an indication of aura around the title, which has led to a massive marketplace in fake degrees, ghostwriting of dissertations, and scams presenting honorary degrees to politicians, academics, business people, management consultants, and professional trainers.   Aside from the fraudsters, however, evidence indicates that a PhD is becoming more important for policy analysis positions within government, major international organizations, and large NGOs. Having said that, there appears to be a mismatch between PhD holders and job opportunities, with many graduates finding it extremely difficult to find a job.

There is a growing conflict between holding a doctorate, concerned with developing a personal framework about scientific or disciplinary investigation, analysis and understanding, and hands-on experience. Undertaking a PhD for so many years of study is not the only way to learn these skills...

Is a PhD worth it? Yes, if undertaking a PhD is part of a journey to an academic and/or research career. This is especially the case for those already employed. If not, getting a job will require more than the PhD. It’s a matter of who you know or who you can get to know. 

Whether or not you do a PhD is about weighing out the costs versus the benefits. What are you going to achieve from a PhD? What is the opportunity cost of further study versus gaining more work experience? Can you work by yourself for long periods of time singly focused on one thing? Do you have the passion for it and will you be able to keep motivated? Do you have the financial resources?

Source: Asia Sentinel