From sensors which are enabled with artificial intelligence (AI) to enabling automatic car parking facilities and to turning ordinary homes into smart homes, AI has penetrated into literally every major field possible. It comes as no surprise AI is used in the education field as well. Here is how AI is making the education sector a better and smarter place:
1. Automating grading
While grading in school is a simple process, grading for college level students can be quite an arduous task. Although AI doesn’t do everything a human being can when it comes to grading, AI is still reducing the amount of effort which goes into this process. EdX, a startup created as a joint collaboration between MIT and Harvard, is making this feat possible. As of today, 11 universities are working toward developing the AI based technology, which replicates humanised grading. Once the software is perfected, the reduction in the amount of time spent grading papers will help teachers focus on more important things.
2. Tailor made learning
One of the major benefits of AI being involved in education is right from kindergarten to graduate school, AI helps in increasing the amount of attention students receive. Just like OTT platforms streamlining content to suit the users’ needs, the education field is using AI to curate content based on what suits the students. By doing so, AI is helping the education system work toward helping students at all levels of intellect grow.
3. Smart content
One of the things which is working really well in the education field is the addition of smart content. With robots being able to create content which is just as grammatically correct as when humans write it, smart content is the most sought after field right now. AI is being used to create simplified content, flash cards and learning systems which help students understand the material better. Not a new concept, companies like Cram101 are using AI to condense the material into a digestible study guide and comes with study cards, questionnaires and flash cards. Already a hot favourite, this platform has improved the way students learn.
4. Virtual lectures
With AI playing such a huge role in the education field, virtual lectures are becoming more and more common everyday. In fact, virtual lectures could very soon replace actual classroom lectures. Universities like the University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies is already developing an AI enabled 3D gaming and animation software to create social interactions through the virtual world. AI is being used so much, augmented reality is expected to soon become a part of the classroom as well!
5. Chat Campus
More often than not, finding all the answers to your questions when in university can be quite a tricky thing. To make this a simple task, the development of the Chat Campus at the University of Deakin in Victoria is in progress. Powered by IBM’s supercomputer system, Watson, this AI enabled chat bot can answer every question college going students have. From questions about class timings, to questions about assignments, this chatbot can provide every bit of information! With a development like this, AI is quite literally simplifying the life of a student on campus.
AI is being used to improve the lives of students in leaps and bounds. If you think we missed out on any other benefits which AI has in education, comment and let us know!
Facebook Finally Launches Messenger Rooms Which Accommodates 50 People And Unlimited Video Calls
The lockdown and quarantine measures implemented in multiple countries meant that people could not commute to work or go outside for social gatherings. This scenario hugely benefited video calling and conferencing platforms and applications. Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts and Houseparty have seen a phenomenal spike in daily active users. Facebook has joined the club by finally upgrading its messenger capabilities.
Facebook Messenger is a chatting and video calling application developed by Facebook. Facebook is finally introducing a new feature in messenger named Messenger Rooms. The free feature will allow Facebook and Messenger users to create group video calls of up to 50 people, contrary to the eight people limit available currently. The Messenger Room does not require a Facebook account and works similar to the Zoom meeting rooms. Participants can join the room by clicking on a link.
The rooms do not have any time limit which lets people converse indefinitely. There are a slew of other features like augmented reality filters, normal filters, virtual masks and a feature to lock the rooms. Facebook also announced that it is doubling WhatsApp’s video call person limit from four to eight people as well. However the Messenger Rooms feature is not immediately available and Facebook will roll the feature out slowly in all the regions it operates.
In a company blog post,Facebook said that 700 million accounts participate in calls everyday between Facebook and WhatsApp. Once Facebook announced this news, shares of the video calling company Zoom fell down by 5%.
Star Wars And Coca Cola Singapore Launch Limited Edition World’s First Electronic Coke Bottles
Star Wars over the years has managed to gather a cult following which stretches across generations. Star Wars is one of the biggest and the most famous film franchises to have ever been created. The latest trilogy in the Star Wars is referred to as the Skywalker Saga and the final movie of the trilogy, The Rise Of Skywalker released last year. Movie franchises have been known to rely on merchandising as part of their promotional strategies and the Star Wars franchise partnered up with Coca Cola to create a unique and one of its kind merchandise. The output of this partnership is very unique and the world’s first electronic coke bottle.
Coca-Cola Singapore harnessed the flexibility of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays to wrap special-edition sugar-free Coke bottles with light-up, glowing lightsabers wielded by the Star Wars characters, Rey and Kylo Ren.
These bottles are part of a limited edition batch and the only way to obtain one of them is by answering a riddle which is revealed on Facebook and Instagram. Answering these riddles will reveal locations near the 7-Eleven stores around Singapore where one can obtain a special pass. This special pass can be redeemed to purchase the limited edition bottle. These bottles have a touch sensor and squeezing the bottle will light up the lightsabers of Kylo Ren and Rey. Each OLED on the bottle can light up to 500 times.
There are only 8000 of these bottles available making these collectibles very rare. Some of these bottles are sold on ebay for as much as $ 800 which is a high premium.
It will be interesting to see how this OLED technology will be incorporated and it is safe to say that we would be seeing more products which use OLEDs on their packaging in the future. Coca Cola is always at the forefront of innovation and these electronic coke bottles are a perfect example.
‘May the force be with you’ should you set out to find one of these rare collectibles!
Five Unusual Yet Useful Japanese Innovations
The Japanese are responsible for some of the most important innovations which shaped the world. However, there are some gadgets which, although useful, can seem a bit unusual. Here is a list of five such Japanese innovations, which may seem funny but are quite useful.
Five unusual yet useful Japanese innovations
1) Eye drop glasses
Every one of us has gone through the struggle of putting eye drops without spilling them. It truly is a waste of money. Hence, Japanese innovators came up with a solution and invented the eye drop glasses. Even though the glasses look funny, they ensure anybody who uses them will never waste eye drops ever again.
2) Head support
Head support is a device in the shape of an arm. Designed for people who work extensively with computers, this device is useful if you want to avoid neck pain. The device can also help keep your head in one position when you accidentally fall asleep.
3) Movable fridge
Invented by Panasonic, this movable fridge is equipped with sensors, is able to move around your house and can come to you when commanded. Known as the fridge of the future, this invention will be great to assist to the elderly.
4) Handwritten letter vending machine
In the age of smartphones, there are many who still prefer handwritten notes. However, many people are too busy or too lazy to write a letter. The Japanese scientists found a solution to this problem and introduced vending machines which generate handwritten letters.
5) Flying umbrella
The flying umbrella is a device invented by Asahi Power Services and uses artificial intelligence (AI). The flying umbrella is a solution for people who are tired of holding an umbrella while doing their daily tasks. The flying umbrella, thanks to AI, can hover above its owner, saving them from rain and allowing them to do their tasks without any problem.
Did we miss mentioning any other unusual yet useful Japanese inventions? Comment below and let us know.
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