I made a much needed trip to the grocery store today and was delighted to see our local Trader Joe’s enforcing social distancing in Chapel Hill. They’ve limited the number of people allowed in the store at one time and required six feet between people standing in line waiting to enter. Worse than the WHO,… Continue reading Social Distancing and Face Masks in Chapel Hill and Taipei
Today I added a page introducing Greg Jackson’s “History that Doesn’t Suck.” He and his team produce a slightly irreverent, but well-researched podcast on American History through entertaining stories. I highly recommend it. You can access the page here.
In 2012 Nikola Danaylov interviewed David Ferrucci, who had been leader of the IBM Watson project. On December 15, 2019 he interviewed him again. This time, about his work since the Watson project, including his current work with Elemental Cognition, a far more ambitious AI project. The interview address the challenges facing any effort to… Continue reading Elemental Cognition
Bernard Marr has written an article for Forbes examining the use of Artificial Intelligence in the production of fragrances. Wait… AI can’t smell, can it? It can’t, but that doesn’t seem to be a hindrance. It is able to predict what smells we will like based on their chemical composition! I recommend the article. Read… Continue reading Surely I can detect fragrance better than a computer, can’t I?
In this video Diane August, managing researcher at American Institutes for Research, explains some of the key distinguishing elements of dual language programs as well as some of the challenges faced by school districts in implementing them. The full report referenced in this video, a joint production of the U.S. Department of Education with the… Continue reading How does Dual Language Instruction Work?
The last two decades have seen a rapid rise in the number of dual language immersion programs in the nation’s public schools. In North Carolina we went from seven dual language schools in 2005 to one hundred forty in 2018. Utah has also seen a sharp rise in the number of dual language schools. These… Continue reading The Future of Linguistic Diversity in the US
The use of labyrinths as an aid to silent reflection has a very long history, even predating Christianity. Evidence for their use in Christian reflection begins very early. They became an inexpensive way to represent the pilgrimage path for those who could not make the journey to Jerusalem, for example. Here are some pictures of… Continue reading A Time for Silence
Watch the market shift over the last 23 years with some rather radical changes, but with Microsoft remaining near the top of the list. Can we project anything useful for the years ahead?
This week I was introduced to an article from the New York Times entitled “Our Culture of Contempt“, written by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank based in Washington DC. While I am not a fan of the institute, this article is particularly relevant to what is happening… Continue reading Our Culture of Contempt
…the scales have tipped in favor of online shopping with 51% of the Deloitte 2017 Holiday Retail Survey respondents saying they would be making the bulk of their purchases online this holiday season Why will more than half of this years Christmas shopping happen online? According to Forbes, it’s due to the advances in AI that enable… Continue reading An AI Christmas?