For 20 years, there were only five university labs in the world working on it. Today those five labs are very famous [Ed note: the five are University of Toronto, Université de Montréal, New York University, Stanford University and University of Oxford]. Everybody who comes out of them gets picked up by Google, or Facebook or a top university.
What are the differences between the ways that humans and machines learn? Are there specific weaknesses of the deep-learning approach that you are aware of?
You teach at Singularity University and you specifically teach about deep learning as an “exponentially advancing technology”. What resources need to be unlimited for the exponential growth of deep learning?
That’s a really good question. I actually think deep learning could be the first truly exponential technology.
...There is now, in fact, a deep-learning network for building deep-learning networks! And, indeed, the networks that they come up with are, in fact, much better than those that humans have created.
I understand you’ve been teaching yourself Chinese through a very data-intensive learning algorithm. I’m wondering how this personal learning experience, in your own brain, has informed your ideas about deep learning in silico.
... I wanted to learn more about human learning, so that I could use that knowledge to increase my machine-learning ability...
27 May, 2015, The tech threat - Is Artificial intelligence (AI) leading to inequality and fewer jobs? [Al Jazeera English]
According to Martin Ford, the author of The Rise of the Robots , a few people are "hoovering up all the income and all the success and everyone else kind of struggling" [Al Jazeera]
ICTA research leader in artificial intelligence, Professor Toby Walsh, says Watson is well suited to solving problems that involve sifting through large volumes of unstructured data.
As the volume of data available to humans increases, he says tools like Watson will be essential for helping make sense of it all. An early application of Watson is in helping clinicians make better decisions.
“The number of scientific papers being written is beyond the remit of any one person to read any more, and often it is unstructured text,” Walsh says.
One of the first Australian organisations to sign up to Watson is Victoria’s Deakin University. Chief digital officer, William Confalonieri, says the university is using Watson initially to create an intelligent digital guide for students. Deakin has received the highest ranking of any Victorian university for learning satisfaction for the past four years, and Confalonieri says the use of Watson is intended to cement this...
How does Watson learn? Watson gets smarter by tracking feedback from its users and applying that knowledge. http://t.co/up2UJSQdly— IBM Watson (@IBMWatson) June 2, 2015
Retiring CEO Diana Oblinger offers "7 Reflections" on her time with EDUCAUSE: http://t.co/8Rt3GN5iAh— EDUCAUSEreview (@EDUCAUSEreview) April 28, 2015
+ 3 Priorities for EDUCAUSE’s Next CEO - January 21, 2015 www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/3-priorities-educause...
My blog post about getting the XLRI Alumnus award http://t.co/z0V07uyxeN— Gautam Ghosh (@GautamGhosh) November 29, 2014
“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.” - Lao Tzu— WiRL Summit (@WiRLSummit) April 2, 2015
Can women have successful careers in the tech world? The Economic Survey 2014-15 says the IT and ITeS sector including Business Process Management (BPM), continues to be one of the largest employers in the country, directly employing nearly 35 lakh people. This sector will continue to thrive. Software products and services revenues for 2015-16 are projected to grow at 12-14 per cent. Women need to be a part of this growth trajectory...
Abhijit Bhaduri works as the Chief Learning Officer for the Wipro group. Prior to this he led HR teams at Microsoft, PepsiCo, Colgate and Tata Steel and worked in India, SE Asia and US. He has been voted to be one of the top HR influencers on Social Media by SHRM. He writes a popular weekly post on movies, music and management for his website abhijitbhaduri.com. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/abhijitbhaduri. Abhijit is the author of two best sellers – Mediocre But Arrogant and its sequel Married But Available. His latest book is called “Don’t Hire the Best” is about how to find a fit between the person and the organization. The views are personal
www3.imperial.ac.uk - "Tech entrepreneur ‘brain-drain’ to US is a source of concern, say researchers"
Europe is undergoing a significant technology entrepreneur brain-drain to the United States because it is not doing enough to retain information and communication technology (ICT) start-up companies.
A report by researchers from Imperial College Business School, initiated by the EIT ICT Labs and published today, found that ICT is a major economic driver for Europe. Between 2005 and 2010, investment in the sector accounted for one-third of all economic growth in the region, while ICT innovations bring positive, knock-on benefits for other industries.
The report – ‘ICT innovation in Europe: Productivity gains, start-up growth and retention’ – found that European countries are leading the way in nurturing talent, but do hardly enough to retain it. In fact, 43 percent of successful EU start-ups end up being acquired by US companies.
A study prepared by P. KOUTROUMPIS(1), A. LEIPONEN(2 ) and L.D.W. THOMAS(3)
We acknowledge financial support from the EIT ICT Labs. We also wish to thank Achim Luhn for guidance and support and Kumush Abduraimova for research assistance.
(1) Imperial College Business School, (2)Cornell University and Imperial College Business School, (3)Imperial College Business School
Tech entrepreneur brain-drain to US is a source of concern http://t.co/sUZKqfzxGj— Aija Leiponen (@AijaLeiponen) March 12, 2015
Imperial College & EIT ICT Labs report on the impact of ICT on European economy: http://t.co/rIhVRjzUf5— Aija Leiponen (@AijaLeiponen) March 12, 2015
March 2, 2015
The main thing teachers constantly lack is time. My new book, Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom addresses just that: how to manage the classroom so it is easier on the teacher and much more effective for the 21st century student.
In writing the book, the big question was: as teachers, how can we be more effective in the classroom and make our lives easier? Sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? But it isn’t with the Blended Learning model supporting teachers.
The goal of Moonshots is to support teachers in the classroom, to make teaching easier and more relevant to today’s world within the existing structure of education while simultaneously making it more effective for students.
Moonshots and Blended Learning
The goal is tied to the Blended Learning movement, which ...
Businesses, all businesses, have a common enemy: isomorphism. The academic definition of isomorphism, which comes from the field of sociology, is something along the lines of the similarity of an organization’s processes or structures to those operating in the same environment.
The technology industry will see acceleration in existing trends, as well as some brand new innovations in 2015.
MBA students and business graduates with professional or entrepreneurial aspirations in the sector should be ahead of the curve on any significant developments, so what can we expect the year to bring?
More MBA recruitment
Technology companies have stepped up their MBA recruitment efforts this year, while graduates have exhibited more interest in careers in the industry. In spring 2014, tech showed the strongest increase in onsite business school hiring of any industry for the second consecutive year...
The 'missile woman' behind India's new ICBM http://t.co/7dT5IlChbm > Where are America's "missile women"?— Vivek Wadhwa (@wadhwa) December 7, 2014
about four hours ago
We’re excited to launch Female Founder Stories, a collection of interviews with 40 of Y Combinator’s female alumnae. We asked them about things like how they got started, their experience at Y Combinator, their experience as female founders, and what they wish they'd known when they were younger. As you'll see, their answers are fascinating, both individually and in their variety.
This is the biggest collection of interviews with female startup founders I've seen in one place, and as a result we have an unprecedented opportunity to notice patterns in their experiences (and just as interesting, where there aren't patterns).
One of the most consistent patterns is how many founders wished they'd learned to program when they were younger...
The percentage of startups we accepted with female founders was identical to the percentage who applied. (And this happened organically; we didn't check the numbers until after.) Which implies the percentage of female founders we fund will increase in proportion to the percentage of female applicants...
What We Learned From 40 Female YC Founders http://t.co/rPuzwh5yeE— Hacker News (@newsycombinator) November 24, 2014
"We must identify the potential and the problems of MOOCs and decide on this basis whether they offer added value for individual universities," says HRK President, Professor Dr. Horst Hippler. To assist universities within this process of orientation and decision-making, HRK now publishes its MOOC-Reader in English. “Due to the importance of the subject and numerous requests of international partners we decided to make our MOOC-Reader available to a broader public,” explains the HRK President.
"MOOCs are very resource-intensive and are therefore not suitable as instruments to save money,” Hippler emphasises. The HRK is in favour of further investigation of the possibilities offered by developing digital teaching formats. These formats include Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)...
Below, Google's Eric Schmidt sets out his views on how to lower Europe's high levels of unemployment with disruptive innovation...
This course focuses on the concepts and tools behind reporting modern data analyses in a reproducible manner. Reproducible research is the idea that data analyses, and more generally, scientific claims, are published with their data and software code so that others may verify the findings and build upon them. The need for reproducibility is increasing dramatically as data analyses become more complex, involving larger datasets and more sophisticated computations. Reproducibility allows for people to focus on the actual content of a data analysis, rather than on superficial details reported in a written summary. In addition, reproducibility makes an analysis more useful to others because the data and code that actually conducted the analysis are available. This course will focus on literate statistical analysis tools which allow one to publish data analyses in a single document that allows others to easily execute the same analysis to obtain the same results.
28 June, 2014, "Creative destruction", The Economist
A cost crisis, changing labour markets and new technology will turn an old institution on its head
MOOCs will disrupt different universities in different ways. Not all will suffer. Oxford and Harvard could benefit. Ambitious people will always want to go to the best universities to meet each other, and the digital economy tends to favour a few large operators...
bravo à @HenriVerdier pour être devenu aujourd'hui le premier Chief Data Officer de la nation France !— Gilles Babinet (@babgi) 21 Mai 2014
That’s the spirit with which we’re today opening up our lab in Nairobi, Kenya, to more than 200 guests for our colloquium, “Africa in the New Era of Computing.” IBM researchers and business partners will explain the strategy for executing Project Lucy, our 10-year $100 million effort to take on many of Africa’s grand challenges by harnessing IBM Watson and other sophisticated technologies.
To learn more about our approach to doing business in Africa, download Project Lucy: How IBM Research is Engagin in Africa.
6 Dec 2013
As Tech City marks its third year, the government has welcomed a new report (pdf) published today (6 December 2013) which highlights the rapid growth of Tech City, from a local initiative created 3 years ago to establishing itself as the digital capital of Europe. Independently produced figures from the report highlight how London tech companies are contributing to economic growth, inward investment and high value jobs across the country.
In Europe’s biggest ever app challenge the EU is offering €400 000 in prizes to best new applications that help build smarter cities and smarter businesses. Campus Party, the world’s largest geek forum, will manage the contest, judged by specialized engineers from the EU-funded FI-WARE Consortium.
The only condition of the competition is that app entries should build on the building blocks deployed in the EU’s project to build the core platform of tomorrow’s internet.
50 of these existing building blocks already exist – and are freely available through the FI-WARE Open Innovation Lab for developers to experiment with. They provide generic functions that can be used by a wide range of different applications from all kinds of sectors, like cloud hosting, big data analysis, identity management or the Internet of Things. This app challenge seeks to enable services based on those building blocks.
200,000 euros per idea and final 30 projects could get 2 million euros each. Company must be created in France.
Themes: Energy Storage, Recycling, Sea-life protection, Vegetable proteins and chemistry, Personalised medicine and the "silver economy"
A cette occasion, un tchat vidéo Glowbl permettra de donner la parole à
Nelson MACULAN, ancien Secrétaire d’Etat à l’Enseignement supérieur du Président Lula au Brésil. En direct de Rio
Peretz LAVIE, Président de l’Université Technion, Israël. En direct de Haifa
Young SOHN, Directeur général de la stratégie de Samsung, Corée. En direct de Hawaii
Mostapha Bousmina, Président de l’Université euro-méditerranéenne, Maroc. En direct de Fès
Sam Pitroda, Conseiller du Premier ministre indien, Président du Conseil national de l’innovation en Inde. En direct de Chicago
La ciberanestesia podría ser más segura para los pacientes http://t.co/7286yNkdf7— MIT TechReview es (@techreview_es) November 5, 2013
Por tercer año consecutivo, Innovadores menores de 35 España presenta a los 10 jóvenes con los proyectos más punteros en ciencia y tecnología en el país. Estos innovadores son un ejemplo de la capacidad de los jóvenes de generar ideas disruptivas y de la valentía de llevarlas a cabo.
Nuevos medicamentos que actúan sobre el cuerpo humano como un ecosistema.
Guide URJC: Plataforma de guiado accesible y universal para espacios interiores y exteriores.
ADAPTABLE: Mesa de paciente para mejorar la eficacia en la administración de radioterapia.
‘Grafeno fotónico’ para láseres ultraeficientes y almacenamiento de energía solar.
INFANTIUM: Tecnología cognitiva, inteligencia artificial y ‘big data’ para personalizar el aprendizaje infantil.
EYE2021: Gafas que mediante un sistema acústico mejoran la independencia de personas ciegas.
F2TE3: Material superaislante para una mayor sostenibilidad y libertad en el diseño de edificios.
Fabricación de tejidos biológicos (córneas artificiales) que se integren en el cuerpo humano.
PALMIBER y ENLAZA: Vehículo lúdico e interfaz para rehabilitación de niños con parálisis cerebral.
|ROSA MARÍA JIMÉNEZ-RODRÍGUEZ
Kit para un cierre definitivo y menos agresivo de grandes heridas abdominales.
T-Mobile to Make It Cheaper to Make Calls While Abroad. Eliminates international roaming charges! http://t.co/ZZbIBxghJH— Anindya Ghose (@aghose) October 12, 2013
ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN is the largest global conference on technology supported learning and training for the corporate, education and public service sectors. Now in its 19th year, the conference will bring together over 400 speakers and more than 2000 participants from over 100 countries. In this environment which promotes international networking for all sectors ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN is the event for learning professionals to discover innovative solutions, absorb new thinking and bring home ideas in order to take action, implementing change in the field of technology and learning.
Learning is changing. Learning is also changing us. The world seems ever more complex, presenting education with new challenges. New technology can seem complicated too but it offers unparalleled opportunities, changing learning and enabling us to inspire others to learn. How is the world of learning changing? How does technology help us to change the world? With a particular emphasis on how Learning Moves, ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2013 will focus on change and the role of technology in promoting creativity and innovation...
Social science has uncovered many fascinating aspects of human behavior, from how we think as individuals to how we act in groups. We know that humans are loss averse, emotional, habit-forming creatures. We mispredict the future and misremember the past. And yet, what social science is missing is a better understanding of how these phenomena (and others) change over time, in different cultures and regions, across gender and age.
By collecting a heaping amount of data (and increasing the size of our samples), we hope to unravel nuances in behavioral variations; we hope to detect the impact of minor differences that simply wouldn’t appear in smaller samples. The pursuit of this app is to collect an abundance of data from an abundance of locations all over the world, shining light on behavioral similarities and differences, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe. To do this, we need your help! Join our team of smartphone scientists and take on small tasks that will be “pushed” to you through the app.
On some occasions, you’ll be asked to give your opinion about various topics; you may be asked to predict the outcome of an experiment or to record your thoughts on anything from wealth distribution to peer influence. On other occasions, you’ll be sent out into the world to collect data; you may be asked to interact with a stranger or observe a scene and record certain details. Prepare to be surprised and delighted by the exciting research you will be a part of.
Participate in a movement that transcends oceans and cultural barriers, gaining access to a wider range of information than ever before. Download the app now, and get started on your first mission!
GIANT, Grenoble Innovation for Advanced New Technologies
(it is necessary to book a few weeks in advance to visit -get a tour of- some of the participants installations) (+virtual tour of Grenoble School of Management)
www.giant-grenoble.org/en/industry-sitemap/giant-start-ups..."A decade’s worth of start-ups: 50 in all"...
As a founding member of GIANT, Grenoble Ecole de Management will leverage its long history of academic leadership in technology and innovation to spearhead GIANT's center of excellence in Technology and Innovation Management.
Grenoble Ecole de Management was founded in 1984 at the request of forward -looking companies—Bull, Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Merlin-Gerin— operating in the Grenoble area.
Grenoble Ecole de Management quickly moved beyond the scope of a typical business school, making forays into technology and science...
GIANT members have launched two initiatives to help campus researchers better understand the procedures involved in certain EU research and innovation programs and prepare their applications. These are just two in a growing number of services that the campus now offers to encourage cooperation and leverage expertise. These most recent initiatives focus on European Research Council (ERC) grants and the new Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. In both cases, GIANT is bringing in outside experts to ensure researchers benefit from an effective service and fully understand all the subtleties of these programs.
The ERC is a pan-European organization aimed at improving recognition, creativity, and effectiveness in the field of leading-edge European research. Following a competitive peer review process, the best researchers receive funding to conduct their research activities in Europe. Grants are awarded to projects led by both novice and experienced researchers, of all origins—the sole selection criteria is excellence in science.
To help improve candidate researchers’ chances of obtaining an ERC grant, GIANT sponsors training days given by a consulting firm. Candidates having participated in this training are invited to contact the firm once they have prepared their applications so that they can be proofread before submission. Candidates also benefit from personalized interview preparation in the presence of consultants and previous grant recipients.
In parallel, GIANT has launched a support service to answer any questions candidates may have and help them prepare applications (analysis, proofreading, etc.). The cost of training and assistance in preparing applications is covered by the GIANT Innovation Campus...
Articles about how free online courses, or MOOCs, could disrupt higher education dominated the headlines last year here at the Wired Campus blog, and they were the most popular with readers as well. Several articles about e-textbooks also topped our list of most-read articles of 2012, highlighting what has been a time of change, and anxiety, for colleges and universities.
While much about being a university professor has remained unchanged for centuries, the way today’s academics research, teach and fulfil administrative duties has changed dramatically, as a result of technological change and a cultural shift in what the public expects of academia.
In the United Kingdom, these changes are about to hit home for academics as the government’s Research Excellence Framework for assessing the value of research will now include a new component called ‘impact’, which requires professors to show how their research makes a direct contribution to society beyond academia...
Today we are faced with one of the largest skills gap in history. Take the data analyst for example, the United States will suffer a shortfall of 1.5 million individuals trained in this area by 2018, according to McKinsey & Co.
The gap exists because four revolutionary technologies are emerging at once: business analytics, cloud computing, mobile computing and social business. Each of them is a force to be reckoned with. Together they have the potential to transform businesses, government services and society. I believe that these new technologies could help rekindle economic growth around the world. But only if we close the skills gap—and fast.
This alarming situation is spelled out in a report published today by IBM, Fast Track to the Future: The 2012 IBM Tech Trends Report. Its conclusions are drawn from a global survey of more than 1,200 professionals who make technology decisions for their organizations, 250 academics and 450 students.The results are shocking...
The impact factor assumes that the most cited articles are the most influential, but influence is only one aspect of importance
...With research workflows moving online, shouldn't we be able to follow what's going on in academia better than we did 50 years ago?...
YouTube Soumitra Dutta will become the eleventh dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management effective July 1, 2012. Dutta joins Johnson from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and will succeed Joseph Thomas, who is stepping down after a five-year term as dean.
Johnson's Dean on How Technology Leads to Innovation ... discusses how he sees technology spurring innovation in education and the business world
Our purpose was to take soundings about recent developments in technology as they apply to higher education and to frame the implications for management education and Darden. Without mentioning companies or individuals, let me offer some (10) conclusions I’ve drawn:..
www.redinnova.com/en/, 14/15 June 2012.
is one of "Supporters" (first in list at end of page).
The 20 finalists for the 4th BBVA Open Talent & Red Innova competition have been chosen. 500 projects from Spain and Latin America were submitted for the “Technology and innovation” and “Financial services” categories of this competition. This prestigious international programme for entrepreneurs and start-ups supports development of innovative technology projects.
The projects chosen will be presented to a specialist jury at Red Innova 2012, which will be held at Madrid’s Circo Price on 14 and 15 June. The entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to explain their projects to leading businesspeople and others interested in the digital world.
This year, the 20 finalists have been divided into two categories:
Technology and innovation
- MoveinBlue (Spain)
- Wideoos (Argentina)
- TeDa! GalaxyMovil (Colombia)
- Kalakai (Chile)
- Clic Educa (Chile)
- Buguroo Offensive Security (Spain)
- AgentBot (Argentina)
- OxoBox (Argentina)
- Energywe (Spain)
- Socialare (Argentina)
- Meddoc (Colombia)
- Gamisfaction (Spain)
- StartBull (Colombia)
- MProjects Soluções em Informática Ltda (Brazil)
- Bolsa.com (Spain)
- BULL4ALL (Spain)
- Ventura MatchMakers (Colombia)
- RinPay (Spain)
- Ahorro.net (Spain)
- Mykey Acceso Autorizações Virtuais Ltda (Brazil)
You can find out more about these projects on the BBVA Innovation Centre website.
BBVA will give 100,000 euros to two initiatives, in return for a 10% holding in their share capital. The two winners will be announced at the end of Red Innova. Through this competition, the Bank is demonstrating its commitment to technology-based projects and talent. Through programmes such as Open Talent, BBVA supports internationalisation and the development and visibility of projects and companies committed to new business models for banking, technology and the Internet.
Tel: +34 91 374 01 16
Red Innova is an international meeting place for innovation, the Internet, creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit where Latin America meets the world. With presentations on the latest issues, Red Innova is an essential opportunity for finding out about the future of the digital world, developing international networking opportunities and getting to know leaders in technology, innovation and Internet.
Over 2000 visitors from Europe, Latin America and the USA will be able to attend presentations and workshops on the latest tools, new business projects, international investment opportunities and international success stories; there will also be a session dedicated to leading developers.
BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid leadership position in Spain, it is the largest financial institution in Mexico and it has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States. Its diversified business is biased to high-growth markets and it relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. BBVA ranks among the leading eurozone banks in terms of ROE and efficiency. Corporate responsibility is inherent to its business model, and it promotes inclusiveness and supports research and culture. BBVA operates with the utmost integrity, long-term vision and best practices, and is included in the main sustainability indexes.