COVID-19 · Social Distancing

Social Distancing and Face Masks in Chapel Hill and Taipei

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

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Elemental Cognition

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

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Surely I can detect fragrance better than a computer, can’t I?

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?

Education · Language Acquisition

How does Dual Language Instruction Work?

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?

Education · Language Acquisition

The Future of Linguistic Diversity in the US

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