Sunday, December 10, 2017

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 12/9/17

Last update: Sunday 12/10/17 @ 3:30 pm
This week's cover = Alpha Zero teaches itself to become chess expert in four hours ... Other stories = Recode's top 100 techs and others ... Bitcoin  booms at $14K ... $16K ... $20K ... Google hires 10,000 human moderators for YouTube because machine learning isn't effective

The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in tech (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant #EdTech innovations in the broader context of information technology ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 12/9/17

A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views | F. Chuckles

Cover Story ... Alpha Zero's "alien" chess expertise +++++++++
  1. DeepMind’s AI became a superhuman chess player in a few hours, just for fun ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by MIT Tech Review, Science, Ars Technica, The Atlantic, Wired, Engadget
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A. HBCUs ... Half-Dozen
  1. Concerns grow in HBCU community over silence from White House. ...
  1. A graduation rate requirement in proposed House Republican rewrite of the Higher Education Act would exempt HBCUs
  1. Interested in a career in ? Need up to $25k for college? APPLY to be a NOW.
  1. It's official! has a new president, Dr. Ruth J. Simmons! She will be the 8th president of the university and the first woman to lead the university in its 140-year history.
  1. In a City Marked By Low Economic Mobility, Hopes to Build a ‘Tech Pipeline’
B. Ed Tech  ... Dozen - 3
  1. ICYMI: How the Senate & House tax bills would hit higher education
  1. can aid in teaching writing concepts in . ... message
  1. iPASS grantees shared outcomes at the EDUCAUSE 2017 conference. View the posters for each institution's updates:
  1. Examining the landscape of "post traditional" learners
  1. As part of New Jersey's goal to arm 65 percent of adults with a credential by 2025, the state is partnering with Credential Engine, a nonprofit that aims to create a registry of every credential in the US. ...
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  1. Moody’s Downgrades Higher Ed’s Outlook From ‘Stable’ to ‘Negative’ ... message
MOOCs, online, blended, flipped ...
  1. Faculty Members at One More University Push Back at via Direct message
C. Info Tech  ... Dozen + 8
Top Story #1 ... Recode's 100 +++++++++
  1. As you may have noticed, 2017 was quite the year for tech, business and media. 1/ ...
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  1. More Tesla batteries plug into hurricane-wrecked Puerto Rico
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Top Story #2 ... Bitcoin boom!!! +++++++++
  1. At the beginning of the year, the price for one Bitcoin was below $1,000. On some exchanges Thursday, it topped $20,000. ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Forbes, LA Times, Digital Trends, The Verge, Gizmodo, Economist
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Climate change, emissions, solar, wind, nuclear, etc ...
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FinTech, block chain, bitcoin ...
  1. Return on AI: Hedge funds embrace machine learning—up to a point ... via ==> ... DLL Editor's note -- Hedge funds' use of AI also reported by Bloomberg
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Drones ...
  1. LA firefighters are using drones for the first time, for reconnaissance. In the future they could use autonomous helicopters or "flying cars" to help tackle these massive blazes and keep humans safe ... via @NYTImes. ...
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Internet of Things, the Cloud ...
  1. Microsoft launches low-code platform to speed enterprise IoT development
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Self-driving and/or electric vehicles ...
  1. 13 years ago in the Mojave Desert, the world witnessed a big step towards a future of DARPA Challenge
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Virtual/augmented/mixed reality ...
  1. Difference Engine: Game over for virtual reality? ... via ==> To
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Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...
  1. Google taught an AI that sorts cat photos to analyze DNA—and it's really good at it, reports ... via ==> To
  1. Robots Will Transform Fast Food .. via ==>
  1. Algorithm is gonna get you: All the buzz at AI’s big shindig ... via ==>
Top Story  #3... Youtube's human moderators +++++++++
  1. To help battle objectionable content, is swelling its moderation team to include 10,000 staff across because AI algorithms just aren't doing a good enough job ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Washington Post, CNET, Forbes, Mashable
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...
  1. How advanced behavioral analytics will fight more cyberthreats than ever in 2018
  1. "The more we divulge things we know about them [Iranian hackers], the more they’ll shift and change." ....
Science and technology policies ...
  1. The "father of stress" was a tobacco industry shill
Political context ...
  1. Manafort said he only edited an op-ed from a colleague, but Mueller was tracking him — or at least Microsoft Word was ...
  1. The Senate passed its version of the tax bill. Just how does this impact big technology corporations? We take a look
  1. Sen. Al Franken, a vocal proponent of , resigns

D. Hackers  ... Dozen
  1. And we’re off! Computer Science Education Week (12/4-10): Members + Non-Members. Code with Your Kids: Free for members, $10 per student for non-members Our Members also access 17 Coding & Tech Classes for Kids Pre-K to 12th Grade.
  1. More pics from our hackathon to kick off courtesy of who had 4 students participate!
  1. This was Zemi’s first coding experience. She enjoyed it so much that she did not want to leave.
Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
  1. At an event hosted by today, several successful women in the tech industry spoke about greater access to computer science education. was there: ...
  1. Chance the Rapper surprises CPS students, announces Google's $1M donation ...
Founders, techs, and execs
  1. Hedy Lamarr’s Forgotten, Frustrated Career as a Wartime Inventor ...via New Yorker ...
  1. Emile Cambry talks Blue1647, Blacks and the digital divide via ...
  1. Felecia Hatcher Keynote at Walmart Headquarters Women in Technology Event |
Coding, courses, tutorials, & jobs
  1. 7 programming languages that every developer should learn in 2018
  1. So what the heck is CRISPR, anyway? Here's what you need to know ...
  1. Introduction to Blockchains & What It Means to Big Data ...
  1. Google's Cloud Video Intelligence API is available for everyone
E. Views -- Comments and Opinions  ... Dozen -2
  1. The demise of net neutrality will harm innovation in America. ...
  1. It's impossible to keep laptops out of the classroom. So why do we keep arguing about education technology? by ... via ==>
  1. The honeymoon is over in Silicon Valley
  1. How Professors Can Bring Culturally-Responsive Teaching to Online Courses
  1. How can we get HBCU students from enrollment to the finish line?
  1. The only black daily news show on TV is being cancelled. We’re going to miss seeing on our screens everyday.
  1. Still stunned at the unbelievable news that my brother 's has been cancelled. This too cannot pass. Especially now. Hell is freezing over. Time to fight on the ice.
  1. Why are supposed Black media outlets worldwide so behind the times when it comes to reporting news relevant to us? etc? If we are not being entertaining or making folk laugh, we are useless even to our own selves. We are complicit in the narrative that describes us.
  1. The emails, text messages, phone calls, Facebook and Twitter posts have been amazing. Your love for our work on is warming my heart and that of my staff. To read these amazing comments about how much the show meant to you is unbelievable. Thank u! Thank u!
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Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1. Tune in to , a podcast from to learn how top minds believe will unfold
F. Chuckles, Shame, and/or Fake News  ... Half-Dozen + 3
  1. Alabama Forced To Release Thousands Of Sex Offenders After Inmates Deny Charges
  1. While most Americans are openly disgusted by pedophiles, the bighearted people over at the seek to help them find decent, well-paying jobs where they can shape national policy.
  1. “If they said they didn’t do it, then what choice do we have but to let them go?”
  1. Good article, misleading headline. The GOP never focused on middle-class tax cuts. GW Bush included some as loss leaders in bills that mainly helped the wealthy. Ryan has always been an upward redistributionist ... via @WashingtonPost ...
  1. President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum. After President Trump departs, we encourage all Mississippians and Americans to visit this historic civil rights museum.
  1. Steve Bannon Attempts To Win Over The Black Community, Doubles-Down On Support For Trump And Roy Moore
  1. Trump Promises U.S. Will Continue To Recognize, Preserve Palestinians' Historic Refugee Camps
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@POTUS45 in his own words ... until #2020 or #25 ... 
  1. It was my great honor to celebrate the opening of two extraordinary museums-the Mississippi State History Museum & the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. We pay solemn tribute to our heroes of the past & dedicate ourselves to building a future of freedom, equality, justice & peace.
  1. A big contingent of very enthusiastic Roy Moore fans at the rally last night. We can’t have a Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Democrat, Jones, in that important Alabama Senate seat. Need your vote to Make America Great Again! Jones will always vote against what we must do for our Country.

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