These Kids Are Solving The World’s Problems With Their STEM Skills

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In a 2018 review by the National Science Board, on international assessment tests, 15-year-olds in the US scored below the global average in mathematics but have science scores at or slightly above the worldwide average. And according to Girls who code, 74% of middle school girls express an interest in engineering, science, and math. Still, only 0.3% choose computer science as a major in college.

In May 2020, twenty semifinalist teams with students aged four to 16, participated in a digital version of First LEGO League’s Global Innovation Awards. This year’s challenge was to identify a problem in the students’ community and identify a unique solution using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills to make their community a better place to live.

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Internet Archives Fires Back in Lawsuit Over Covid-19 Emergency Library

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In a brief filed in a New York district court on Tuesday night, the Internet Archive fired back in response to a lawsuit brought against it by five of the world’s largest publishers. The lawsuit seeks to shut down an online National Emergency Library started by the Internet Archive during the Covid-19 pandemic and levy millions of dollars in fines against the organization.

“The Internet Archive does what libraries have always done: buy, collect, preserve, and share our common culture,” the brief said. “Contrary to the publishers’ accusations, the Internet Archive and the hundreds of libraries and archives that support it are not pirates or thieves. They are librarians, striving to serve their patrons online just as they have done for centuries in the brick-and-mortar world.”

Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, John Wiley & Sons, and Penguin Random House filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Internet Archive in

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Nvidia and Google claim bragging rights in MLPerf benchmarks as AI computers get bigger and bigger

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Nvidia and Google on Wednesday each announced that they had aced a series of tests called MLPerf to be the biggest and best in hardware and software to crunch common artificial intelligence tasks.

The devil’s in the details, but both companies’ achievements show the trend in AI continues to be that of bigger and bigger machine learning endeavors, backed by more-brawny computers.

Benchmark tests are never without controversy, and some upstart competitors of Nvidia and Google, notably Cerebras Systems and Graphcore, continued to avoid the benchmark competition.

In the results announced Wednesday by the MLPerf organization, an industry consortium that administers the tests, Nvidia took top marks across the board for a variety of machine learning “training” tasks, meaning the computing operations required to develop a machine learning neural network from scratch. The full roster of results can be seen in a spreadsheet form.

The second phase of machine learning,

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Strata Decision Technology to Acquire EPSi From Allscripts

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CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Strata Decision Technology (Strata), a pioneer and leader in the development of cloud-based financial planning, analytics and performance tools for healthcare, today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire EPSi from Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) for $365 million. EPSi is a leading provider of financial decision support and planning tools for hospitals and health systems.

“By bringing these two outstanding companies together, we believe that we can build one of the most important companies in helping to solve the biggest problem in healthcare – the cost of it,” said Dan Michelson, Chief Executive Officer of Strata. “Our focus will be to accelerate innovation to provide broader and deeper solutions to help our customers, deliver the highest service levels in the industry, and create the very best place to work in healthcare.”

Hospitals and healthcare delivery systems were already under significant financial pressure with margins rapidly

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EdX Advisory Council Calls for Short-Term Credential Programs, Industry-Aligned Curricula — Campus Technology

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EdX Advisory Council Calls for Short-Term Credential Programs, Industry-Aligned Curricula

Learning platform edX recently convened the first (virtual) meeting of its MicroBachelors Program Skills Advisory Council, a group launched in early 2020 that brings together foundations, corporations and academic institutions to “solve shared challenges around reskilling and upskilling in order to address the demands of the future workplace.”  

Attendees included leaders from academic institutions offering MicroBachelors programs on edX; representatives from American Student Assistance, Walmart and Boeing (all funders of the MicroBachelors program initiative); and guests from IBM, ZipRecruiter, Raytheon and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Discussions in the meeting centered on two key areas: credentials and content. There is a real market need for short-term programs that offer immediate payoff to students and companies,” the council asserted. “It is important to foster collaboration between corporations and academic institutions to evaluate the quality and rigor of credential

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Woz Enterprise Launches Federally Recognized Technology Apprenticeship with University of Phoenix

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Transformative workforce development program to drive acceleration of careers for high-potential community college graduates

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Woz Enterprise – a division of Woz U – and University of Phoenix are bringing the technology and education sectors together to launch a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program to address the widening technology skills gap and put Americans to work. This world-class, transformative technology apprenticeship program trains community-college graduates in STEM fields with day-one skills and places them in entry-level apprenticeship jobs, while setting them on a path to earn a bachelor’s degree in an in-demand field.

“We have all heard about the tech talent gap. Hundreds of companies have been trying to address it, yet here we are in 2020, and the gap remains,” said Chris Coleman, President of Woz Enterprise. “Truly offering relief to this talent-starved industry, at scale, requires collaboration from

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Vancouver comic an internet sensation, in India

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a woman smiling for the camera: Vancouver comic Ambika Vas was born in Newfoundland but has lived all over the world.


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Vancouver comic Ambika Vas was born in Newfoundland but has lived all over the world.

Stuck in her apartment during the COVID-19 pandemic, Vancouver comic Ambika Vas started producing satirical news videos and posting them on YouTube .

Out of the blue she was contacted by Bombay comedian Cyrus Broacha , who has a satirical TV show in India called The Week that Wasn’t.

“It airs on the CNN channel in India,” said Vas , who is of Indian descent. “It’s like the Daily Show , but a little bit closer to Saturday Night Live, because there’s more sketches.”

Broacha asked her to become the “foreign correspondent” for the show. So for the last 11 weeks she’s been beaming fake news items across the globe, from the comfort of her living room.

Her instant celebrity is reminiscent of the rise of Sarah Cooper , the American comedian

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Software Has To Lead Hardware In The AI Dance

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A lot of the people who are working at the many AI chip startups have a long history in processor development in the datacenter, and that is certainly true of the folks who founded SambaNova Systems. And this is a fortunate thing because these people can leverage some of the good ideas they know worked when commercializing a new technology and avoid some of the big mistakes their former employers sometimes made.

At our recent The Next AI Platform event, we sat down with Rodrigo Liang, co-founder and chief executive officer of SambaNova Systems, which is one of the upstart custom AI chip producers vying for attention and budget dollars. SambaNova was founded in 2017 by a bunch of ex-Sun Microsystems techies as well as a few from Stanford University, which is of course where Sun itself was born in 1982. The co-founders include Kunle Olukotun and Chris Ré, professors

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Medical software firm picks Carmel for new corporate headquarters

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CARMEL — Simplifeye, a New York-based software provider for medical healthcare businesses, is moving it corporate headquarters to Carmel, and with it come 75 jobs described as “high-paying.”

Simplifeye is owned by Indiana native Dr. Ryan Hungate. It will lease the second floor of the Monon & Main building, located above Anthony’s Chophouse on Main Street at the Monon Greenway.

“We are very excited to welcome another high-tech company to our growing family of more than 125 corporate headquarters,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “Our economic development team worked hard over the past several months to showcase the benefits of establishing corporate roots in Carmel, especially in our rapidly growing central corridor.”

Simplifeye, founded in New York City in 2014, is focused on providing software technology and services to healthcare practices. Dr. Hungate, an orthodontist, previously worked for Apple and helped design the customer workflow currently used by Apple’s retail stores

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Enchanted Rock Appoints Industry Veteran as Chief Technology Officer

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New Role Oversees Growing R&D Efforts to Meet Growing Market Demand for Low Carbon Resiliency

HOUSTON, July 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Enchanted Rock, LLC, a leading solution provider of clean and affordable resiliency microgrids for commercial, industrial, and institutional customers, announced today the appointment of Ian Blakely as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Blakely joined Enchanted Rock in 2015 and brings over 20 years of experience in technology, investing, and strategy with 18 years in the energy industry. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer.

In the CTO role, Blakely will oversee the planning, development, and execution of corporate strategy on new technologies and associated products. Blakely will also serve as Executive Vice President of Asset Management, a liaison role working with investors to ensure that assets are built, operated, and maintained to achieve the highest long-term value.

“Ian is a proven leader in the energy industry and brings the

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