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Friday, August 23, 2019

How to use artificial intelligence today | Editor's Pick - Accountancy Age

Nash Riggins, Author at Accountancy Age writes, Artificial intelligence is no longer a piece of science fiction. 

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Enterprising fintechs are rolling out an increasingly wide range of AI solutions poised to redefine the way accountants work. Nash Riggins explores what’s currently on the market, how it’s shaping the industry and the roadblocks AI has yet to overcome.

Automation has been at the forefront of global accountancy for decades, and professionals are constantly hungry for new tech innovations that will enable them to improve effectiveness and efficiency levels for clients. Yet while demand has continued to grow for the availability of smarter and more dynamic accounting systems, adoption has been pretty slow – particularly when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI). It looks like that’s finally starting to change.
Computer scientists have been tinkering with AI for more than half a century, and the concept itself is quite simple. By utilising a series of defined algorithms, AI-powered applications are able to draw from big data sources and use deep, machine learning functionality to process data, perform high-volume tasks, recognise patterns and even make decisions – and while that may sound like space-age science fiction to some practitioners, AI-powered apps and modules have already started to make a serious impact across the global accounting sector...

Apps powered by machine learning can automatically extract data from receipts, accounts and spreadsheets and then classify that data based on pre-defined categories in order to populate dynamic custom reports on-demand. Better yet, AI reporting tools are then able to use deep learning in order to assess patterns from various data streams and go on to provide unprompted insights around budget forecasting, spending and investment opportunities.

Plenty of mainstream accounting solutions providers have already brought these sorts of products to market. For example, QuickBooks Auto Categorization is an easily enabled product feature that learns from manually recorded transactions and then automatically repeats those categorisations and organises future transactions accordingly.
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Source: Accountancy Age 

Buddhism, robots and artificial intelligence, the new frontier | Technology - The Washington Post

Peter Holley, technology reporter at The Washington Post summarizes, The $1 million robot preaches in a Japanese temple. Will it one day learn to think on its own? 

This temple in Japan has a robot priest

As interest in religion wanes around the world, and secularism surges, religious leaders have begun searching for innovative ways to spread their message and connect with potential adherents.

In the United States, some churches have relaxed dress codes, revamped worship spaces and churned out sermons that place less emphasis on sin, all while embracing Instagram and refashioning faith as a lifestyle brand.

In Japan — where low fertility rates and an aging population are reducing religious affiliation — Buddhist priests have been warning for more than a decade that their ancient tradition risks extinction. To reverse course, a Kyoto temple has settled on a new plan for connecting with the masses, one that channels ancient wisdom through the technology of the future...

The robot was created by a team led by Hiroshi Ishiguro, a renown roboticist and professor of intelligent robotics at Osaka University.

Reached by email, Kohei Ogawa, an associate professor at Osaka University who helped design Mindar, said researchers’ goal was to redesign a Buddhist statue using modern robotics technology. The result was a $1 million collaboration between the temple and Osaka University in which researchers decided Mindar should channel Kannon Bodhisattva, the Buddhist deity of mercy.

Source: The Washington Post and The Hindu Channel (YouTube) 

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.
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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. 
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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.
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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. 
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Source: Entrepreneur