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Warwick University Business School Research About AI Breaks New Ground

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Warwick University Business School Researchers have managed to develop a new form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that deploys a deep learning model to distinguish between the picture of a beautiful scenery and a more run of the mill landscape. In their paper titled, Using deep learning to quantify the beauty of outdoor places, the team put to use 200000 pictures from their website Scenic or Not.

These pictures were fed to the deep learning model to enable it to understand the characteristics of a beautiful picture. The next stage involved the researchers training the deep learning model to rate the pictures according to their beauty. The experiment was so successful that the deep learning model could actually identify Hampstead Heath, a park in London and the iconic Big Ben as a built up area.

What is quite intriguing about this model is the fact that this deep learning model comprised of neural network that is quite similar to the human neural network. The insights provided by this AI model about the collective understanding of human beings about concepts like what is beautiful is fascinating.

What is also incredible is that people who lived in the areas identified as beautiful in this experiment reported better health than the people who loved elsewhere. Another important insight gathered was the nuanced approach to beauty that the AI model took. For instance, just the existence of vast green patches did not constitute beauty, but the presence of architectural features like bridges and structures of historical importance added to the beauty of a place.

This research by Warwick University students surely brought into sharp focus that AI or Artificial Intelligence continues to make vast strides and by and by it is extending its reach into more everyday matters, rather than being confined to only high-end esoteric matters.

August 12, 2017

Students Posting On Social Media

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If you’ve seen a teenager lately, then you’ve probably seen some kind of phone or electronic in the hand of that teenager. There are a few things that you might be surprised to learn about teens and social media. Just recently, Harvard rescinded the invitation for 10 students to join the campus because of content that was posted on social media that was deemed inappropriate. Everything from sexual content to images that mocked groups in the minority was displayed. Some parents are surprised at how teens can get by with posting these images while others aren’t surprised at all because parents have no clue as to what is posted on social media.

 

Memes are a popular way for teens to post how they feel and what they are thinking with friends on social media. Some of the content is tame and often fun to watch. There are also memes that can get teens into a good bit of trouble with either parents or school officials. This is why it’s important for parents to monitor the content that teens share online. When teens share pictures and videos, it leaves an open door for other people to say something about the content that is shared. These comments could be positive or negative and can sometimes lead to arguments on the picture that the teen posted. Some students are using time in school to post content on social media. This is by no means a way that educational time should be spent. It takes parents, teachers and other school officials to make sure that teens are behaving in a proper manner while online or limit access to social media.

 

July 2, 2017

Trending Topics in Technology and Education

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https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/26/raspberry-pi-foundation-and-coderdojo-to-code-club-together/

 

Education is one of the world’s oldest disciplines, the most important, and arguably one of the most widespread. As technology advances at a more rapid pace then before each day, educational methods have the chance to become more effective at teaching. Raspberry Pi and CoderDojo have joined forces to teach people how to code, a useful skill that can help people make outstanding livings one day, if pursued. Also, getting people on board with any educational effort at a young age exponentially increases the likelihood of throughly understanding it.

 

One thing educational programs do lack is live as-you-go programs that teach users by altering or modifying things they type and explain why, until Epigrammar recently came along. Type more cohesive sentences to friends, family, and co workers. Keep from getting lost in punctuation mix ups by having Epigrammar flex its easy to follow annotations.

 

Epigrammar hopes to build upon reading comprehension skills by modifying thoughts, patterns and behavior as soon as they happen and inform students of what they did wrong. Epigrammar has a number of functions that help people succeed in learning reading, whether they are younger than the recommended age group or 30 or more years older!

 

Another educational startup, DevMountain, teaches people coding designed specifically around their place of work. This program has turned from a candy factory into a fun place to learn coding to become a better worker.

 

June 26, 2017