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Thanks To AI The Future Of Education Is Personalization

“That personalized education is going to change everything”

The rise of the machines is happening across industries and carries with it both benefits and concerns. What bold impact will artificial intelligence have on education? In recent interviews with Edtech Magazine and Smithsonian Magazine, Joseph Qualls, clinical assistant professor at the University of Idaho’s College of Engineering and AI expert, expresses his bold ideas on personalization in education through the use of artificial intelligence.

AI has the potential to revolutionize completely the way children are taught. Qualls explains that education can become individualized for each child. AI can assess the child’s capabilities and interests and design a course of study that makes the most of the child’s potential. Rather than move at the pace of the entire class over a year (or a semester for college students) as students must do now, each child can move at his or her own pace. AI can guide, instruct, monitor, and remediate. Education will become more efficient and more effective. Qualls proclaims, “That personalized education is going to change everything.”

Personalization of education through AIWhere does that leave teachers? Qualls doesn’t think AI will completely replace human educators for at least another twenty years. In the meantime, the current flaw in AI will keep teachers in the loop. What’s the flaw? AI can be wrong; psychologists analyzing the psychology of AI can’t figure out why the AI makes some of the decisions it does. Qualls explains that to think, AI is using algorithms based on probability functions. So sometimes it will get things wrong. Suppose it makes a flawed assessment and sends a child down the wrong career path? To prevent that from happening, somebody knowledgeable has to monitor what AI is doing. That somebody is an experienced educator who can catch the mistakes, and as Qualls says, “provide the intuition” the machine lacks.

As the artificial intelligence expert shares his vision of the future of education, Qualls admits he could be wrong about the timing. AI in the classroom could be here sooner than we think.

The Power of Public Private Partnerships

Public Private Partnerships Can Transform America

The world is buzzing with the news that Saudi Arabia pledged to invest $20 billion in U.S. infrastructure. Since Donald Trump took over as President, he has repeatedly promised to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure projects across the nation. It is central to his plan to drastically reduce unemployment and jumpstart the U.S. economy.

Yet, many have questioned where that $1 trillion will come from, particularly in light of the fact that Trump has also been clear that he intends to reduce taxes substantially. Pundits laughed when he claimed that Public Private Partnerships, PPP, were the key to updating and transforming our infrastructure.

The Saudi pledge proves the pundits wrong. The money is there, waiting in the wings, if the government will simply get out of the way and let it be put to productive work. While the Saudi’s $20 billion may seem a drop in the bucket to a $1 trillion sea, with the leverage to be gained from private finance, it is a whopping 10% of the total seed money needed to make that $1 trillion investment a reality.

If a tiny, albeit rich, foreign nation can pony up funds this easily, imagine how much idle capital is waiting in the wings to be put to good use. The Public Private Partnership plan could become an infrastructure investment bonanza.

Fixing infrastructure with private capital - Public Private Partnership

Infrastructure Companies are Lining Up to Repair America

Companies like KBR, AECOM, Emerson Electric, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, Tetra Tech, McDermott, Macquarie, and more will be big players in the upcoming projects. America’s roads, rails, ports, airports, dams, bridges and power grid are outdated and worn out. Years of government neglect have left them in a state of disrepair.

The problem has been the competition for government funds. Money that is sorely needed for infrastructure is easily diverted into a myriad of other programs and projects. While we paid for things needed at the fringe, the core of America was falling to pieces.

In addition, government building projects and programs are almost by definition slow, unwieldy and inefficient. Yet, a variety of rules and regulations make it difficult for private business to take on the task and get things done.

This is why PPP is such a game changer. Sweeping away barriers that prevent private companies from participating is key to getting America moving again. Private companies are can build and complete projects efficiently, under budget and on time. Public Private Partnerships will allow America to develop and improve infrastructure. PPP harnesses dormant resources, and provides the biggest bang for the buck.

And remarkably, PPP projects won’t require hardly any investment from the government at all. Business will finance our critical infrastructure needs out of their own pockets. The public wins twice, by having new modern infrastructure to jumpstart economic growth, and the additional tax revenue that can be generated from that growth.

In addition, private equity is better at selecting those projects that are most needed and will be the most used. Only government would build a ‘bridge to nowhere.’ Private equity doesn’t start building a bridge until they know that there is a need and that people are going to use it.

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Saudi Contribution is Just the Beginning

Various companies like Blackstone, Goldman Sachs, Carlyle and others stand ready to finance infrastructure projects. The seed money contributed by investment funds and individuals can be leveraged, to create a $1 trillion infrastructure investment for a $200 billion dollar outlay.

A variety of sovereign funds, private equity, and corporate contributions will revitalize the physical environment of America. It’s high time that we adopt new modern ways to build and improve our infrastructure. PPP is a bold move that will have huge impacts on the American economy for generations.

Worldwide Hacks Emphasize Need for Cybersecurity

Recent ransomware attacks on hospitals in the United Kingdom have shown how vulnerable healthcare organizations are to cyber criminals. In the UK, hospitals are only just recovering from the recent hacks which eventually spread across 150 countries globally, highlighting a critical need for cybersecurity investment.

Ransomware is fast-becoming a new internet-based way of making money for criminals. It locks down files on infected computers and hackers demand payment to restore access. In the UK, NHS workers at local hospitals were asked for $300 per computer terminal to unlock their devices. Access to sensitive data, and patient records needed to conduct life-saving operations were blocked.

A British-based cybersecurity expert managed to temporarily contain the attack. However, new versions of the malware were detected this week and they are reportedly much harder to contain.

Computer geeks have been working tirelessly over the past few days to solve the latest problems, which are becoming an ever-increasing problem for organizations not just in the United States but around the world.

Need for greater cybersecurityHealthcare organizations store millions of confidential clinical and financial records. Hospitals also share sensitive patient information with multiple organizations, and the need for tighter cybersecurity is intensifying.

HANA.EXPERT is just one of the companies helping hospitals protect their healthcare data and applications. They protect cloud applications, websites, web applications, critical databases, files and Big Data repositories from hackers and insider threats.

Symantec is another leading tech firm producing ‘super routers’ that can block bad data before it even enters a home or business network. More sophisticated forms of protection are also being developed daily for government agencies and larger corporations.

According to a study by Symantec, US companies are losing more than $525 million annually because of cybercrime. Attacks against nations, organizations and businesses are now commonplace, the most recent of course being the accusations made by security agencies that Russia hacked the US elections.

Bold Business recently reported that Cloudflare had contracted a bug which placed private client data such as passwords and login details into the coding of other websites. The company has since improved its security, but if the very organizations designed to protect us are penetrable it only emphasizes how important cyber threats have become.

What’s more, the increase in “internet of things” gadgets being controlled via online platforms has led to an increased susceptibility of attack. Interconnectivity comes at a cost as anything from net-connected CCTV cameras, televisions, household appliances and media servers can be compromised.

To help combat these attacks, new security measures are devised daily, right around the world. As soon as a cybersecurity firm manages to protect an organization, hackers will find a way to break in. It’s a constant battle of updating and protecting that shows no sign of relenting. Let’s just hope this latest cyber-attack will encourage governments and organizations to improve their cyber security measures.

Calico, Google’s Secret Health Venture

Four years after it started, there are still many questions revolving around Google’s startup health venture, Calico. It has guaranteed many great things like beating age growth but until now, there is no word about its latest development. The innovative approach of Google to venture on health gave people high hopes. At present time, the ambitious mission has stonewalled every information from their side.

“With some longer term, moonshot thinking around healthcare and biotechnology, I believe we can improve millions of lives”

Calico is concentrated on comprehending aging and how to defeat it. California Life Company or most commonly known as Calico is a bold idea, which aims to increase the lifespan of humans. The startup venture promised to tackle everything from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s to cancer.

According to Larry Page, the CEO of Google, “Illness and aging affect all our families. With some longer term, moonshot thinking around healthcare and biotechnology, I believe we can improve millions of lives.”

But the vague information was said to have been released. There were broad reports of collaborations with other pharmaceutical companies and outside labs but a lot of them has discussed on the massively unclear mission of researching aging and associated sickness.

Fortune has mentioned that C4 Therapeutic boldly announced a five-year research partnership with Calico in order to develop drugs for the disease of aging, including cancer. The Verge also stated that AbbVie, a Chicago-based pharmaceutical giant, has partnered with Calico to expand and bring to market new drugs that will target on sickness associated with old age.

Health venture - Google Calico

On the other hand, Hal Barron, R&D Chief Over at Calico, said that “We know from decades of translational research that it can be incredibly challenging to find effective pharmacologic inhibitors of many of the biologically well-validated targets, particularly in cancer.”

Google has an image of being a bold leader when it comes to transparency and for its open culture but those values have somehow dodged Calico. Google was reported to have spent $1.5 billion but does not discuss what they spent it on. No answer has been provided to all the requests for interviews, which clearly sums up the fact that Google has not yet solved aging.

Because there is no concrete information, many people have speculated that Calico is going to pursue a big data approach. It was said to be gathering big amounts of information from patients and will ‘crunch it up’ in order to help speed the way to health care discoveries. MIT Technology Review supported the theory that Calico is just waiting for a big reveal.

Calico has assured people of great possibilities when it comes to the world of medicine. No one knows what Google is up to now, but many are hoping that it will result in a bold solution, benefiting the society. The startup health venture is an innovative way of delving into what the future can offer. If the mission will be successful, the high degree of accuracy that Calico might offer is going to extend people’s age and maybe save their lives.