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Automation and You

It’s not unusual to see the terms “automation” and “artificial intelligence” used interchangeably, but the truth is that the two aren’t synonyms. Simply put, automation is technology that allows an action to occur with minimal or no human assistance. Think robots on assembly lines, grabbing, swiveling, inserting interchangeable parts. Those robots are automated; they perform their tasks without a human in control.

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Troubling Trend: Great Resignation Versus AI, Robotics And Automation

Forbes | Jan 11, 2022

Across the country, it’s quitting time. Hiring continues to sputter, with payrolls rising by only 199,000 across the United States. While the December Jobs Report shows that unemployment fell to just 3.9%, a more troubling statistic lurks beneath these results.

Moving On Their Own: Automation and AI

Apr 21, 2021

Ever since the industrial revolution, automation has been a key element in most new technologies. Nearly every branch of science wants to create autonomous and efficient inventions that make things easier for all of us. But with the rise of artificial intelligence, automation has gained a new aspect. We now have the ability to create smart robots that can do a number of higher-level tasks. We’ve moved well beyond the classic images of hulking robots on assembly lines more typical in factories during the 20th century.

Facial Recognition and How it Works

Jan 14, 2021

Facial recognition seems like the stuff of science fiction. Technology that’s capable of identifying a human face from a photograph or video and matching it from among hundreds of millions of other faces stored in a database of faces—if that doesn’t sound futuristic, we don’t know what does.

AI Trends in 2021 for You

Jan 7, 2021

For years, AI technology has been spreading an astronomical rate — and 2021 won’t be an exception. As so much of the world moved online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, AI made great strides to keep up. According to tech publications, there are a few AI trends we can expect to see more of this year. Here's a list to help explain how these trends will impact our lives in 2021.

Your Money: Higher ed using AI to connect with prospective students

The Patriot Ledger | Jan 6, 2021

Chatbots are now being used to aid in the enrollment process at a college, university, or any other higher education institution. The chatbots are being used during the "courting" period of enrollment, when students are on a fact-finding mission to figure out which schools are interesting to them. Students can introduce themselves to a chatbot found on a university's website. That bot will look up specific information from the applicant's file, provide relevant answers, communicate with the student in their native language, and so forth.

Artificial intelligence trialled on Dubai Metro to ease crowds

Intelligent Transport | Jan 4, 2021

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai is experimenting with the use of artificial intelligence to streamline the demand for the metro services in Dubai. The tech will assist in crowd management during peak hours. The interactive system used can respond to the needs of riders by proposing convenient transit timing for passengers through the analysis of service patterns. It can adjust recommendations based on overcrowding. Essentially, AI develops a model to simulate a train journey throughout the day using data gathered from real riders. Then it learns from that model and makes timing recommendations.

K-12 schools use AI and automation to customize lessons and pivot from in-person to online classes

TechRepublic | Nov 19, 2020

Trying to maintain consistent education during the Covid-19 pandemic has proven to be difficult, to say the least. AI has been helping educators through online schooling and education management systems. The pandemic has made some school districts switch to hybrid learning – a combination of in-classroom learning and at-home learning. AI has been useful in switching between those two modes.

With more automated jobs, workers need AI skills, Arizona experts say

KTAR News | Nov 17, 2020

The common idea that AI will replace humans in the workforce certainly true in part, but that’s not the whole story. Diverse populations are going to be needed to not only program but run artificial intelligence. And those populations wont necessarily need higher degrees, either. Instead, think specific skills. Think skill training. Schools can provide curricula that meet AI workforce demands, such as networking, software development, cybersecurity. It’s not rocket science. It’s computer science.

It’s time to talk about the carbon footprint of artificial intelligence

Anthropocene | Nov 10, 2020

As AI becomes increasingly widespread, the impact of its many services, programs, algorithms, and functions continues to grow. The powerful computers needed to power AI use large quantities of energy and, as a result, put out large quantities of carbon emissions. If the current pace continues, the environmental impact of AI could be severe. Fortunately, the trajectory can be altered. A new program called Carbontracker, developed by researchers at the University of Copenhagen, can be used in conjunction with machine learning to keep track of the carbon footprint of AI. This data, they hope, can raise awareness about the negative climate effect and spur change.

Here's a peek at the future of hiring with artificial intelligence

moneycontrol | Nov 1, 2020

Massive changes to recruiting and hiring are already underway thanks to advances in artificial intelligence. Bots are writing and posting job listings with more thoughtful, searchable keywords. Resumes are scanned, sorted, and matched automatically. Video interviews are analyzed for potential candidate behaviors. The hiring world is getting more personalized.

14 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Disrupt Job Searches And Recruiting

Forbes | Aug 19, 2020

With access to only your basic data – location, background, recent searches, and job history – artificial intelligence can identify which jobs you are most qualified for and can send you those tailormade recommendations. In addition to the variety of AI-related online tools helping job seekers improve resumes and target relevant jobs, AI is also assembling modern job posting boards themselves.

Unleashing the power of AI for education

MIT Technology Review | Mar 4, 2020

Educators have rallied behind AI as a tool that could be instrumental to their success and effectiveness in the classroom. Using AI tools to save teachers time by grading papers or more accurately identifying struggling students through certain behaviors can make all the difference in a school strapped for resources. And don’t forget about inclusivity: AI can be used to translate on the fly, so more students from diverse backgrounds can participate in class. Used properly, AI can level the playing field.

Artificial intelligence is slated to disrupt 4.5 million jobs for African Americans, who have a 10% greater likelihood of automation-based job loss than other workers

Business Insider | Oct 7, 2019

By 2030, artificial intelligence and AI-related technology will have replaced or eliminated 4.5 million jobs held by African Americans. By that time, 22% of all jobs will be replaced or eliminated. However, the Black community in particular is at a 10% higher risk of losing jobs from automation than the general public. In fact, Black men who lack a college degree are particularly vulnerable, while Black women fare a bit better.

How K–12 Classrooms Can Benefit from Robotics

EdTech | Sep 6, 2019

As time passes, AI will play increasingly large roles in the classroom. Recent advances in AI technology can help teachers automate essential classroom tasks, freeing up more time for planning and teaching. And students can interact with AI directly, teaching them valuable lessons and skills for a rapidly developing future.