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Artificial intelligence in education world

11 Mar 16

A recent article on Forbes talks about how artificial intelligence (AI) can play a significant role in the education industry. The world, as is, today is running on AI! From social media sites suggesting friends to cameras with sensors clicking the perfect picture to Siri managing our calendar- AI has sneaked into our lives through various entries. So, what is AI? It can be defined as the theory and development of computer systems that are able to perform tasks which normally require human intelligence. Visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages, are some of its features. However, one area where it is still prominently lagging behind is our education system. AI can help in evaluating the curricular materials and become a tool in adaptive learning. It can automate activities like grading in school. While AI may never be able to match human grading, it is getting quite close. Teachers, around the world, can now automate grading for various multiple-choice questions. How much is happening in India is yet to be recognised. Other benefit that can be drawn from it is through individualised learning with adaptive learning programmes, games and software. These systems can put more emphasis on topics where a child is facing problems in learning and can repeat things that students need to master. Thus helping each child to learn at his/her own pace! It can also help in improving the quality of education. For example, it can alert teachers about their lectures which are not being imbibed by the students or where they are confused. Coursera, a massive open online course provider, is using this by alerting a professor if a large number of students are giving wrong answers for an assignment. The teacher, can then, send customised messages to future students to avoid the same mistakes. While these are some of the ways AI has touched the education industry, there’s still a long way for it to become a universal language of education.

Farming is Uneconomical: Said by Father of Indian Green Revolution

26 Sep 17

The series of farm loan waivers in India shows clearly that farming as a profession is uneconomical in India. The agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan strongly said this statement. He also emphasized that abating farmer loans has never helped in solving the problem.

Swaminathan told that we all should focus on making farming more economical, more profitable and more productive rather than trying to resolve this short-term problem with loan waivers. Waiving of farm loans have been done by four Indian states. As per the election promise by the current Government in Uttar Pradesh, they have pardoned farm loans of Rs 36,000 crore in April, 2017. Then, the Governments of Maharashtra, Punjab and Karnataka also followed by waiving fully or partially. Urjit Patel, Reserve Bank of India Governor already warned previously that waivers constitute risks to inflation and credit discipline.

M.S. Swaminathan who led India’s Green Revolution in 1960s said that Government will have to retell its commitment to agriculture. He added that Government need more research, more extension, more training and remunerative marketing.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: www.bloombergquint.com




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The Dust Devils and its Impact

25 Sep 17

The moving pillars of dust and sand that are known as “Dust Devils” are the specification of desert areas on the Earth and Mars too. A recent research has revealed that around two thirds of the fine particles lifted by these cyclones can remain suspended in the atmosphere and be carried around the globe frequently. This particular finding will have effect not only on the climate and weather of these two planets but it will certainly affect our health too. It is found that almost half of the dust lifted into the atmosphere of Mars each year comes from these so - called dust devils. The scientists have taken the samples of grains lifted by dust devils at different heights.

Dust devils have different strengths and dimensions; however, of a similar structure. These dust devils lift the grains of larger diameter from a certain height and with increases of height the grains’ diameters decreases. In the terrestrial dust devils the fine dust particles appear to stay in suspension. These small mineral aerosols can travel long distances on Earth and have an adverse impact on the climate and weather. They can also reach populated areas and affect air quality along with human health. Further research is going on to understand them more effectively.

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

By: Anita Aishvarya

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Few Unknown Life Facts of Children’s Best Friend- Mr. Bean

24 Sep 17

All the children out there, how many of you missed Mr. Bean’s episodes? We expect none of you! Mr. Bean is a British sitcom created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, and starring Atkinson as the title character.

Now there are so many hidden facts about Atkinson’s life that we are going to disclose for our readers. The veteran actor Atkinson originally received an EE master’s program at The Queen’s College Oxford in 1975. Before his masters, he had completed an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering (EE) at Newcastle University.

When Atkinson was working towards his degree he pursued acting on the side with a variety of clubs, such as the Oxford University Dramatic Society, the Oxford Revue, and the Experimental Theatre Club.

During the same time, the character of Mr. Beam was created. The purpose behind Mr. Bean’s Character was to show a “child in a grown man’s body”. This concept was based on similar brands of “physical humor” comedy portrayed by famous actors such as Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Jacques Tati (particularly the character of “Monsieur Hulot” portrayed by Tati).

Priyanka Negi

Content: www.todayifoundout.com

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Human V/S Robots at Workplace in Future

23 Sep 17

With rapid changes in technologies the machines are replacing men at workplace as they insure accuracy in work and saves time. A set of habitual behaviour, cognitions and emotional activities that evolve from biological and environmental factors is called personality. As robots are coming into use at various business and work places the fear of losing the job has started tingling into our minds.

However, a research has shown that, there is nothing to worry, as robots can't perform as humans when it’s the question to have complex social interactions.  We humans can also beat machines when it comes to complete the tasks that require creativity and a high level of complexity that is not usual. Humans perform better in complex situation due to their flexibility.

A research has shown that people with higher level of intelligence, maturity and extraversion and higher interests in arts and sciences are tended to be selected into less computerized job in coming future. It is stressed that the education system must be equipped to face upcoming changes in the labour market, and fortunately it’s changing.  There are many fields who will allow the number of tasks that machines can perform better than humans, that merely increasing educational levels won't be enough to keep up with job automation rather one should be extra intelligent to prove his worth.

Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

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Recording and Animating of Dreams Will Change Future

22 Sep 17

34th Annual Conference of the International Association was conducted in Anaheim, California. The conference was on the Study of Dreams. Inspiring researchers and clinicians who have worked on the field of dreams witnessed this conference.

Daniel Oldis who is a lucid dreaming author and Social Dreaming Advisor at DreamsCloud presented his project on “Animating Dreams and Future Dream Recording”. This project aimed to establish a way for capturing and simulating motor behavior in dreams. The presentation on this project consist a demonstration of an iPad avatar animation. It was created out from real data of a sleeping participant. They also thought that their set up will reflect the movements of the participant’s dreaming body.

A lot of research on dream subject was able to establish that body movements in dreams are connected with real signals in the muscles of the sleeping body. The signals are those that appear in the same muscles that are involved in the dream behavior.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: www.psychologytoday.com

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