Sunday, May 13, 2018

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 5/12/18

Last update: Sunday 5/13/18 @ 12:30 pm
This week's cover = Google's Duplex exciting/scary AI assistant mimics chatty human conversation ... Other top stories = Apple & Goldman Sachs partner to develop credit card  ... Virtual assistants can hear instructions inaudible to humans ... Google & Microsoft 2018 developer conferences

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 5/12/18


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

#EdTech Calendar ... TECH Dozens: 20172016



Cover Story ... Google Duplex +++++++++
  1. Google Duplex—the company's AI-powered virtual assistants mimic the chit-chattiness of human speech so well you might not even realize you're talking to a bot ... DLL Editor's note -- Google Duplex was announced at Google IO 2018, Top Story #3 (below), but Duplex is so important that it is given separate coverage here. Duplex also discussed by NY Times, Business Insider, VentureBeat, GSMArena, The Atlantic, Ars Technica, CNET, TechCrunch, Digital Trends, Motherboard ... and Google's recording of two demonstrations of Duplex in action
  1. Parody of Google Duplex phone call shows the true, terrifying future of AI
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A. HBCUs ... Half-Dozen + 1
  1. Black Panther (a/k/a Chadwick Boseman) gave commencement address at Howard University today 5/13/18 ... :-)
  1. "I very much look forward to building on the legacy of my predecessors so that Tuskegee University will ascend to even greater heights..." Dr. Lily D. McNair, 's new President. ... https://t.co/NO1qINgNPX
  1. Now on US Black Engineer: Dr. Chance Glenn on engineering and the future. ... https://t.co/ccPMEc2FQG
  1. Xavier produces more African-American students who become physicians than any other undergraduate institution in the country — including ivy league colleges. How do they do it? Intense student-to-student advising.
  1. During the 2018 BEYA STEM Conference in Washington D. C. February, Hampton University- Official Engineering Design Team earned first place in the Advancing Minorities Interest in... ... https://t.co/UUWUmtoH3e
  1. .​ alum couple announced a $1-million endowment for Howard’s Pyschology Department last week: Former Presidents Drs. Irvin D. Reid and Pamela Trotman Reid ... https://t.co/KyWHc49qK2
  1. Duke University has landed a $3 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to grow its relationships with liberal arts colleges and historically black colleges and universities like Howard University.
B. Ed Tech  ... Dozen - 2
  1. At , an institution that prides itself on its use of technology, one professor goes in the opposite direction -- banning all electronic devices in his classes. ... https://t.co/Srg7bzgblD
  1. Computer science students on a number of campuses complain that their departments can't meet demand. Their professors are also stressed. But experts say there is no clear fix for nationwide shortage of computer science faculty ... https://t.co/KfK4x5DKyZ
  1. By developing strategies that are well aligned with industry demand, is on course to meet its five-year goal of 50,000 student completions per year. ... https://t.co/eZdlnSTbwf
  1. A new analysis from Civitas Learning shows that many students are dropping out of their colleges despite having earned the majority of the credits they need for their degrees ... https://t.co/edCrPUMUu4
Analytics -- higher ed applications ... 
  1. New findings by researchers at University suggest that academically competitive college students actually perform worse over all when they get access to digital course-planning platforms that show how previous students performed ... https://t.co/kiEK63iz1s
MOOCs, online, blended, flipped ...
  1. The mostly online Rio Salado College pushes back on a critique of its graduation rates, while nonprofit colleges may be feeling more heat about their results amid the collapse of for-profits ... https://t.co/natk7UXsDT
Conferences, workshops, Twitter chats, and other events ...
  1. On Tuesday, May 8 the community got together to discuss and debate: How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design?
  1. Hey fellow innovators! Bring your questions and visions of the future for researcher, writer, speaker, consultant and teacher to on Tues, 5/15 11am PT/2pm ET ... EVENT -- 15 May 18
  1. June 18th - 20th, we'll be in DC attending the 2018 Summit for Online Leadership and Administration. Join us as we work with , , and as we tackle policy issues affecting our line of work in > ... https://t.co/y7RmHgCxC6 ... EVENT -- 18 to 20 June 18
C. Info Tech  ... Dozen + 1
  1. SpaceX has successfully launched their new reusable rocket! Follow along live here: ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by CNET, The Verge, NY Times
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Top Story #1 ... Apple/Goldman Sachs credit card +++++++++
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  1. Africa's largest company made $1.6 billion from the sale of its 11% stake in Indian E-commerce startup Flipkart
  1. Reston-based acquires platform from Goldman Sachs
  1. Apple is on track to become the first trillion dollar company in the world. It could happen by the end of the week. ... https://t.co/Tz4jU8zszj
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Climate change, emissions, solar, wind, nuclear, etc ...
  1. Car manufacturers say they believe in climate change and don’t want Trump to gut the Obama administration’s fuel efficiency rules. But the “flexibility” they’re asking for leaves them a lot of wiggle room to put the brakes on cleaner technology. ... https://t.co/TISSiyI9Ia
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Self-driving and/or electric vehicles ...
  1. Uber’s software detected the pedestrian in the fatal Arizona crash but did not react in time
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Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...
  1. Remember the robot dog that could climb stairs, open doors, and fight off humans brandishing hockey sticks? Well, it's going on sale—and soon ... https://t.co/80fa0jh8B8 ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Washington Post, Engadget, CNET, TechCrunch, The Verge, Mashable

  1. Penn State Teams Turn to AI for Solving Student Problems
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...

Top Story #2 ... "Inaudible" instructions  +++++++++
  1. Researchers can send secret audio instructions undetectable to the human ear to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant. Here's what we know: .. https://t.co/Dr4rpfcXAF ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Fortune, Seattle;e Times, VentureBeat, TechCrunch
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  1. . writes that security researchers discovered that Iranian hackers have been quietly probing internet addresses that belong to United States military installations in Europe over the last two months. ... https://t.co/X9uctXyHxH
  1. Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, Linux, BSD: All hit by same 'serious' security flaw ... https://t.co/Ldg7hiIGH2
Political context ...
  1. After years of tension, China and Japan are working to thaw their relationship — in large part because both fear Trump's trade war. ...https://t.co/bZWleLH1nh
  1. A new cold war may have its first victim: The Chinese tech giant ZTE halted most operations after being banned from using U.S. components ... https://t.co/UQDvKq3w5P
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D. Hackers  ... Half-Dozen + 1
Coding, courses, tutorials, & jobs
Top Story  #3...  Developer conferences  +++++++++
... Google I/O
  1. At I/O, Google showed its willingness to change and shape our lives ... DLL Editor's note -- Overviews of Google I/O also provided by NY Times, Business Insider, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, CNET, VentureBeat, Digital Trends, PCMag


... Microsoft Build
  1. Microsoft Build 2018 by the numbers ... https://t.co/4jp4QP5qfc ... DLL Editor's note -- Overviews of Build also provided by Seattle Times, Forbes, Business Insider, GeekWire, TNW, The Verge, CNET, ZDNet
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  1. Sample Job Titles and Salaries for Recently filled Data Science Positions in US ... https://t.co/ZluQhyhmi6
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Hackathons, workshops, meetups, etc
  1. Black Girls CODE Nashville Pop-Up: Build a Mobile App in a Day Workshop! ... https://t.co/OIbz1K5CBx ... EVENT -- 16 June 2018
  1. BlackTech Weekend NYC - presented by Etsy with support from Barclays ... https://t.co/4XtK57ptjz ... EVENT -- 17 to 19 May 2018
  1. June 14 - Black Girls CODE Detroit Chapter Presents: Women of Color in STEM Career Panel - ... EVENT -- 14 June 18

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E. Views -- Comments and Opinions  ... Dozen - 2
  1. Opinion: Part-time college students have been left out. Let’s help them (via ) ... https://t.co/c8NNWLKxq6Assign To
  1. Julien Goretti has written a great article on What is a Scientist. He is one of the judges in this year's judging panel. 🙌 ... https://t.co/pe9g2Tcl5n
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Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1. Scientists have been using quantum theory for almost a century now, but embarrassingly they still don’t know what it means ... https://t.co/o5eIv1ApB1
  1. EdSurge recently sat down with the dean of Harvard’s Extension School, Hunt Lambert, to ask him to sort through all these offerings and give his vision of where his school is headed.
  1. David Wiley, a pioneer of who co-founded Lumen Learning, sees one place where textbooks could actually be vanquished by openly licensed alternatives: community colleges.
  1. The higher education education sector is on a collision course with the world of work, with an increased blurring of boundaries between workplace learning and college, argues . ... https://t.co/57NrgJLKkl
  1. What if higher-ed networks looked more like constellations? and share highlights from ... https://t.co/xdWyWOktj9
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F. Chuckles, Shame, and/or Fake News  ... Dozen - 3
  1. Forget all we don’t know. The known facts that even Trump’s closest friends don’t deny tell a damning tale that would sink most leaders. ... https://t.co/KNNtWf2o9U
  1. By the numbers: Russian Facebook ads focused overwhelmingly on race ... https://t.co/8mCiVOxb0M ... DLL Editor's note -- These ads also covered by PC Mag

  1. AT&T deeply regrets getting caught paying the president's lawyer to help fix the Time Warner deal

  1. Enormous all-cash purchases—like Donald Trump's $100 million real estate spending spree—can look a lot like money laundering. describes how it works, and why new regulations are making it easier to unmask ... https://t.co/4M8H8EfkU5
  1. Here’s How Michael Cohen’s shell company is linked to a Russian oligarch ... https://t.co/SFO3OfmwgA ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Fast Company, Gizmodo
  1. What’s Kim Jong-un’s Last Name? Mike Pompeo Is Learning the Hard Way ... https://t.co/eYwticsFWS
  1. Report: John Bolton thinks the cyber is namby-pampy nerd stuff, except maybe the military cyber
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@POTUS45 in his own words ... until #2020 or #25 ... 
  1. The Iran Deal is defective at its core. If we do nothing, we know what will happen. In just a short time, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapons.... https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/993976643898281984