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Category Archives: Education

The ultimate AI skill has nothing to do with tech

Fast Company: “By learning English, individuals not only enhance their ability to communicate with AI systems but also gain insight into the language that shapes AI cognition. We’re living in an AI-powered world. The way we are communicating with technology and each other is changing. A recent study found that 40% of respondents were studying English to mitigate the impact of AI and technology on their jobs. English proficiency is emerging as a top asset in today’s business landscape. It is spoken by almost one in every five people on Earth and has solidified its position as the de facto global language.   However, it’s not just the language of business; English is also the internet’s primary tongue. That’s why it’s the learning ground for AI, and its main mode of communication, with AI developers typically training their models on English-language data. This makes it the most crucial “programming language” in AI, overtaking computer languages such as Python. With AI changing the nature of work and our daily lives, how can we utilize English to help us navigate the shifting tides?..”

An elite handful of analysts, actuaries, and accountants have mastered Excel

The Verge – “…arguably the most important software in the business world. So what do they do in Vegas? They open a spreadsheet…Competitive Excel has been around for years, but only in a hobbyist way. Most of the people in this room full of actuaries, analysts, accountants, and investors play Excel the way I play… Continue Reading

How Black Librarians Helped Create Generations of Black Literature

The New York Times [unpaywalled] – “Recent scholarship is uncovering the role of the women who ran libraries during the Harlem Renaissance where they built collections and, just as important, communities of writers and readers…“Mr. Schomburg’s collection is really the seed,” said Joy Bivins, the current director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture,… Continue Reading

How Specialty Recycling Companies Reduce Plastic Waste

Civil Eats – “With the lack of a national recycling standard and a confusing patchwork of local rules, specialty recyclers are stepping in to take whatever traditional recyclers reject. We ask a lot of food packaging. It needs to look good and keep perishable food safe, intact, and unblemished as it travels from the producer… Continue Reading

A New Book About Plant Intelligence Highlights the Messiness of Scientific Change

The New Yorker [unpaywalled], In “The Light Eaters,” by Zoë Schlanger the field of botany itself functions as a character—one in the process of undergoing a potentially radical transformation: “During the nineteen-seventies and eighties, a researcher at the University of Washington started noticing something strange in the college’s experimental forest. For years, a blight of… Continue Reading

AI in Finance is Like Moving From Typewriters To Word Processors

FT.com [unpaywalled]: “The accounting and finance professions have long adapted to technology — from calculators and spreadsheets to cloud computing. However, the emergence of generative AI presents both new challenges and opportunities for students looking to get ahead in the world of finance. From a report: Research last year by investment bank Evercore and Visionary… Continue Reading

ChatGPT in Teaching and Learning: A Systematic Review

ChatGPT in Teaching and Learning: A Systematic Review. Educ. Sci. 2024, 14(6), 643; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci14060643. Submission received: 10 April 2024 / Revised: 10 June 2024 / Accepted: 12 June 2024 / Published: 14 June 2024 (This article belongs to the Special Issue Artificial Intelligence and Blended Learning: Challenges, Opportunities, and Future Directions) – “The increasing use… Continue Reading

Financial regulators have ‘insufficiently’ addressed hedge funds’ use of AI

FedScoop: ” SEC and CFTC oversight of how investment vehicles use AI to inform trading decisions is lacking and poses risks to market stability, a report from the majority staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee finds. Federal financial regulators are playing catch-up in their oversight of how hedge funds are using… Continue Reading

‘Off the charts’: the key breakthroughs giving new hope in treating cancer

The Guardian: ‘Off the charts’: the key breakthroughs giving new hope in treating cancer. World’s largest cancer conference in Chicago shares ‘impressive’ findings in vaccines, drug trials and AI. At the 2024 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, the world’s largest cancer conference, doctors, scientists and researchers shared new findings on ways to tackle… Continue Reading

Patrons Speak Out: The Impact of Losing Access to More Than 500,000 Books

Internet Archives Blogs: “Earlier this week, we asked readers across social media to tell us the impact of losing access to more than 500,000 books removed from our library as a result of the publishers’ lawsuit. The response was overwhelming, and the stories shared were powerful and heartfelt. It wasn’t just titles that disappeared—it was… Continue Reading

Sick of scams? Stop answering your phone.

Washington Post [unpaywalled]: “The first rule of avoiding scam calls is to never answer unknown numbers, and even some known ones. Curious? Bored? Worried it’s an emergency? Wait the extra minute it takes for the call to go to voice mail, then decide if it’s legitimate. Unfortunately, every year hundreds of thousands of people in… Continue Reading