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    Fears have been raised about the future of artificial intelligence after a robot was found to have learned 'toxic stereotypes' from the internet. The machine showed significant gender and racial biases, including gravitating toward men over women and white people over people of colour during tests by scientists. It also jumped to conclusions about peoples' jobs after a glance at their face. 'The robot has learned toxic stereotypes through these flawed neural network models,' said author Andrew Hundt, a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Tech who co-conducted the work as a PhD student working in Johns Hopkins' Computational Interaction and Robotics Laboratory in Baltimore, Maryland. 'We're at risk of creating a generation of racist and sexist robots but people and organisations have decided it's OK to create these products without addressing the issues.'  Concern: Fears have been raised about the future of artificial intelligence after a robot was found to have learned 'toxic stereotypes' (stock image) The researchers said that those training artificial intelligence models to recognise humans often turn to vast datasets available for free on the internet.  But because the...
    ALLEGHENY COUNTY (KDKA) — Thursday marks a week since students in the South Allegheny School District started school, and two kids in the middle school have already tested positive for the coronavirus. The superintendent told KDKA’s Amy Wadas that between 20 to 30 kids were sent home after they were exposed on Monday. And because of this, the district is changing the way it’s doing at-home instruction. READ MORE: Infectious Disease Physician Says Masking In Schools Is The Best Way To Keep Kids In Classroom “My son had a mask on. The individual who tested positive did not have a mask on,” said South Allegheny parent Kira Shaw. Shaw said her 11-year-old son Greyson was one of the kids exposed to COVID-19 by a fellow classmate. She said she never got an alert saying her son needed to quarantine. On top of that, she’s concerned about him working independently on his lessons from home. “He has to know what assignments he’s responsible for. There’s not a calendar that shows this is due today like there was...
    Older people can pick up new skills faster if doing so benefits other people, rather than themselves — unlike young adults, who learn faster when helping themselves. This is the conclusion of a study by researchers from the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford who conducted tests involving so-called reinforcement learning. This is the understanding we develop from assessing the positive outcomes from our previous choices — enabling us to adapt our decisions to our environment. The finding that older people are more motivated to learn when it helps others could help experts find new ways to combat age-related cognitive decline, the team said. The team also found that older people appeared more likely to have 'grown out' of psychopathic traits like a lack of empathy, perhaps explaining the results. Older people can pick up new skills faster if doing so benefits other people, rather than themselves — unlike young adults, who learn faster when helping themselves, a study found PSYCHOPATHIC TRAITS AND AGE  As part of the study, the team also asked each participant to complete a test to assess...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Exploratorium has reopened its interactive learning laboratory, inviting visitors to investigate more than 650 interactive exhibits created by staff scientists, exhibit developers, and artists. Plus, there are brand new art and science exhibits to explore!A new exhibit called "Stories of Change" displays an artistic reflection of pandemic experiences and growth throughout 2020, focusing on creating a more supportive and sustainable society. This chronicle of time includes a thought-provoking gallery of photos with an opportunity for guests to share their thoughts and reactions.Additional exhibits feature visual and auditory illusions, as well as interactive opportunities to explore emerging technologies."Technology is growing so quickly and advancing so quickly that what is emerging technology yesterday is going to be part of our everyday lives tomorrow," expresses Sakamoto Landers, manager of Visitor Services at the Exploratorium.The Exploratorium is known as a public learning space that offers guests a unique opportunity to explore the world through science, art, and human perception. The laboratory's mission is to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide and change the way science is taught."We think...
    School districts in counties where a majority of voters cast their ballots for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election are more likely to have students back in classrooms, according to a website that tracks reopenings.  The Return to Learn Tracker – a joint venture between the American Enterprise Institute and Davidson College – is monitoring more than 8,000 public school districts as to whether they are operating with full in-person, hybrid or remote-only instruction.  As of mid-March, 49% of school districts in counties that voted for Trump are operating fully in-person, while 47% are hybrid and 4% are remote-only.  Schools districts in counties that voted in favor of Donald Trump during last year's presidential election are more likely now to be offering fully in-person learning, according to data from the Return to Learn Tracker. (Fox News) WHERE ARE SCHOOLS REOPENING FROM CORONAVIRUS CLOSURES? SEE THE MAP  That is compared to just 18% of districts in majority-Biden counties that are operating fully in-person, the data shows. In those areas, 64% of districts are opting for a hybrid learning model, while 17% remain remote-only.  Last July, Trump said his administration would "very much put pressure" on governors to...
    Saving the Los Angeles school year has become a race against the clock — as campuses are unlikely to reopen until teachers are vaccinated against COVID-19 and infection rates decline at least three-fold, officials said Monday. The urgency to salvage the semester in L.A. and throughout the state was underscored by new research showing the depth of student learning loss and by frustrated parents who organized statewide to pressure officials to bring back in-person instruction. A rapid series of developments Monday — involving the governor, L.A. Unified School District, the teachers union and the county health department — foreshadowed the uncertainties that will play out in the high-stakes weeks ahead for millions of California students. “We’re never going to get back if teachers can’t get vaccinated,” said Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), who chairs the state’s Assembly Education Committee and has two high schoolers learning from home. He expressed frustration that educators are not being prioritized by the L.A. County Health Department even as teachers in Long Beach are scheduled for vaccines this week. Although Long Beach is...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is recommending that all schools in the region go to all virtual learning by Monday. The government advisory group also says businesses and restaurants should reinstitute limits on gatherings. This is just a recommendation but PolicyLab, which monitors and tracks the spread of COVID-19, says officials need to take action now to prevent a crisis. “This is quickly becoming a catastrophic situation,” said Dr. David Rubin with CHOP’s PolicyLab. Rubin says their models show dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases throughout the Philadelphia region that could overwhelm hospitals. “This is literally about getting through the winter season so that we are not facing crises of people not being able to gain access to the emergency department,” Rubin said. Rubin says there is now evidence the virus is circulating in schools to students who have mild cases, but they’re primary spreaders. That’s prompted the PolicyLab to recommend all schools in the region go to virtual learning by Monday, Nov. 16 — no more in-person schooling until the first of the year. “This...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is recommending that all schools in the region go to all virtual learning by Monday. The government advisory group also says businesses and restaurants should reinstitute limits on gatherings. This is just a recommendation but PolicyLab says officials need to take action now to prevent a crisis. “This is quickly becoming a catastrophic situation,” said Dr. David Rubin with CHOP’s PolicyLab. Rubin says their models show dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases throughout the Philadelphia region that could overwhelm hospitals. “This is literally about getting through the winter season so that we are not facing crises of people not being able to gain access to the emergency department,” Rubin said. Rubin says there is now evidence the virus is circulating in schools to students who have mild cases, but they’re primary spreaders. That’s prompted the PolicyLab to recommend all schools in the region go to virtual learning by Monday, Nov. 16 — no more in-person schooling until the first of the year. “This is something that we can coordinate with our...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Will the Eagles hit ’em where it hurts? That’s the big question. The Cowboys are dead last against the run, allowing 178 yards per game. But Eagles head coach Doug Pederson likes to throw. It’s something to watch when the two square off Sunday night in South Philly. It has not been a pretty start for either team, but even with a combined 4-9-1, there’s still a buzz surrounding Eagles-Cowboys. “It gets overblown a little bit but obviously it’s a huge in-season opponent. There’s a lot of past experiences, not just with myself, but with this city and this team that give it a little bit of extra emotion for sure,” center Jason Kelce said. New to the rivalry is cornerback Darius Slay. He says feels the passion already. “I understand how big it is. Me being over there in a different division, we took division games seriously. But I feel like this week is a whole other feeling. I feel like this is a Super Bowl or die. So I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness! Y’all serious...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Roughly 90,000 New York City school students returned to the classroom for in-person learning Monday, but for everyone else, it was an experiment in remote learning.In Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Kira Ha-Healy logged on to sixth grade with no problem. Her brother Lucas, however, had a difficult time."I thought it was just me, but his entire class had trouble logging on," mom Paullette Ha-Healy said. "But it looks like the DOE was having problems with the server."That glitch was a real curve ball for her eighth grade son, who is student in District 75 and on the autism spectrum."It's incredibly frustrating," she said. "It adds a layer of undue stress. This is already a stressful time."The Department of Education issued a statement, saying, "The DOE login page was down for 10 min around 9am, which may have affected Zoom, TeachHub, email, & other platforms. We were back in business within minutes & we're continuing to keep an eye on it. Families who have any other issues can submit a ticket: schools.nyc.gov/techsupport."Related: 90,000 students return for in-person...
    The politics of reopening schools – specifically reopening them in-person as quickly as possible – will all but ensure that 50 million children enrolled in the country's public school system will be back to remote learning for the 2020-21 academic year, public health experts and educators are now warning. "The bottom line is not whether you're pro open school or against it, it's do you have a sustainable plan for keeping schools open," Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said Tuesday during a school reopening panel hosted by U.S. News & World Report. [GRAPHIC: How are the nation's biggest schools returning to the classroom?] "Because if your goal is to just keep schools open for a few weeks, then you can just go ahead and do whatever you want," he said. "But if your goal is to have in-person education for any extended period of time into the fall and winter, you need a whole strategy, and I have found it really stunning that all these political leaders who claim to be pro-open up the schools...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As families prepare for schools to resume, one Philadelphia charter school is helping students, staff and parents get ready for an all-digital start. They’re looking back at what they learned at the end of last year as a guide. Ad Prima Charter School in Overbrook and Mount Airy is gearing up just trying to make sure everyone is ready for the virtual world of learning. In mid-March, like all schools in the commonwealth, Ad Prima Charter School abruptly closed its doors at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Students and staff were forced into a virtual learning setting. “We set up trainings for the parents just to make sure the parents were aware of this new reality,” Ad Prima Charter School CEO Niya Blackwell said. That training and the three months of an all-digital program has prepared them for the start of this year as second through eighth graders continue virtual learning. “We also really benefitted of the last two-and-a-half months that our parents had a very good idea about what virtual learning is going to look...
    Ryan Tannehill: Having familiar faces back is a good thing The House Just Passed A Massive Child Care Rescue Job-search giant Indeed is rolling out a new virtual interviewing technology to help people find work quickly © Provided by Business Insider Thomas Trutschel / Contributor/Getty Images Job sites are continuing to develop resources to help unemployed Americans find work.  Indeed, one of the largest job sites in the US, recently added a new virtual interviewing technology to help companies screen a large number of candidates for open roles.  Employers can pre-screen, interview, and message candidates directly using the technology.  The tool helps applicants move through the hiring process more quickly and target employers that are looking to fill roles right now, the company said in a statement.  The announcement comes at a time when millions of Americans are unemployed and seeking work.  The aggregate total of people receiving unemployment benefits in the US totaled 17 million for the week that ended July 18, according to the Department of Labor. Indeed recently partnered with Glassdoor, another major US job...
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