Ever-Evolving Earth, Never-Ending Opportunities: 101 of AI, Machine Learning and their future scope

From making life easier to re-imagining life, technology has evolved exponentially. In the new day where life begins with the click of a button, Artificial Intelligence has become the civilization’s spine. From controlling the humanoids to our Driverless Cars, AI finds its place in human life every day. It has become so integrated with our lives that we forget to notice its presence. With the rapid advancement in technology, one can expect an entirely AI-managed Earth in the coming years.

Popular science-fiction has always infused the horror of an AI uprising someday in the journey of humankind. But have you ever thought of what it would be like to be the flawless creator of an AI that will rewrite the world’s destiny? It is said that “When in Rome, be like Romans.” With ever-evolving earth around, one cannot miss his way up on the ladder to progress. Thus, the need for learning a new language of living becomes significant.

Replacing the traditional educational realms of Engineering and Technology, the new Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning curriculum have already taken over popular science schools. They prepare their prodigies for tomorrow, enabling them to be innovators who rewrite the world’s destiny. Popular companies like Google, Microsoft, OpenAI, etc., are already running billion-dollar projects to substantiate learning in this area.

The benefits of this new realm of knowledge are countless. One can keep going all-day narrating how this benefits the self and the world. Artificial Intelligence is already being used in research projects for quick calculations and accurate analysis. Beyond this, a myriad of business sectors employs Artificial Intelligence.

Cyber Security is a crucial area where Artificial Intelligence finds its applications. High-end firms use sophisticated Artificial Intelligence modules to protect themselves from cyber-attacks. Cognitive AI is an excellent example of this field. It detects and analyses threats while also providing insights to the analysts for making better-informed decisions. Artificial Intelligence comes in handy in detecting frauds and helps organizations and people in avoiding scams. For example, Recurrent Neural Networks are capable of detecting fraud in their early stages. They can scan extensive quantities of transactions quickly and classify them according to their trustworthiness.

The automotive industry has been making use of Artificial Intelligence for a long time now. From the autopilot in airplanes to the latest self-driving cars has made it beneficial for the greater crowd. Besides the big-billion aspects, Artificial intelligence finds its place in daily life more than ever. The “Hey Siri” or “Okay Google” that we say countless times is nothing but us conversing with the computer intellect.

Machine Learning is a sub-field of Artificial Intelligence. It aids in building automated systems that can learn by themselves. Here, the system enhances its performance by learning from experiences without any human intervention. This helps the machines to make data-directed choices. The machines use learning from past experience using the available data to make predictions. For example, consider the use of Google Maps for navigation. It tries to show the fastest route with less traffic and congestion. It accomplishes this task by using Machine Learning algorithms. Machine Learning also aids fields such as the automotive industry, quantum computing, computer vision, robotics, and more.

According to Gartner’s studies on employment sectors, there will be 2.3 million job opportunities in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning realm by 2022. Also, a Machine Learning Engineer’s salary is much higher than the wages offered to other job profiles. According to Forbes, the average salary of a Machine Learning Engineer in the United States is US$99,007. In India, it is ₹865,257. One who is interested in being an expert in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning should have the following necessary skillset-

  • Programming
  • Understanding of data structures
  • Mathematics
  • Software engineering
  • Data mining and visualization
  • Machine Learning algorithms

To help young minds to make their way to the future, Zity Botz has carefully curated a curriculum inclusive of all the essential skills that one needs in mastering Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Through the interactive learning session spanning across a child’s school life, Zity Botz will culture the innovator in them to take over the future.

Zity Botz has divided four levels of STEAM learning coursework for four age groups in 12 different grades. By the time a Zity Botz student completes their school curriculum, they will also have four proficiency certificates, marking their mastery of essential elements in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Shaping the learners’ skills with innovation and creativity, Zity Botz’s courses will guide their thoughts from the cradle to the grave.

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Let go the steam of studies with STEAM

Education needs evolution. Today’s students being the tomorrows of the world need to evolve and adapt to the challenges they encounter in the real world. The traditional education system has only focused on making the students memorize the textbook knowledge, which was usually spoon-fed to them by their particular subject teachers. This flawed system has only provided an unintegrated syllabus with no proper outcomes, which led to many people’s suffering. They couldn’t resolve the real-world challenges posed to them which made them unfit through ‘qualified’ to the demands of the world.

It is in this context where a well-researched learning system such as STEAM becomes relevant. Focusing on the children’s needs, STEAM provides an integrated learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. The addition of arts in it makes it more pertinent to the growing global demands of the world as it aids the students to think from multiple perspectives. However, do not confuse STEAM with STEM as STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. A STEM curriculum combines these four subjects into a blended learning environment. Students, through the curriculum, learn the scientific method and apply it to their everyday life. Educators particularly created STEM for the development of the science and tech industries. However, the curriculum doesn’t aid in the creative development of the students. Here comes the relevance of STEAM. STEAM adds arts, mainly manual art, fine art, social art, and physical art, into its program and helps in the holistic development of the students aiding in their creative and cognitive development. It sparks a child’s curiosity and helps them think out of the box when finding a solution. The STEAM field also enhances students’ communicative skills and empathy towards others, thereby aiding in their overall development.

STEAM is an educational framework that brings reality into the classroom. It makes a student more adept for the rapidly changing needs of the world. It also integrates various subjects for easy comprehensibility among students. It works on the principle of trial and error method wherein students find the most suitable solution to a problem based on the insights they gain from several reiterations. Thus, STEAM is both artistic and mathematical; it helps in the development of both the side of the brain.

The STEAM movement originated at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and has since been widely adopted among many institutions and organizations. The objectives of the STEAM movement were created to do the following:

  •     Transform research policy to place art and design at the center of STEM
  •     Encourage integration of art and design in education.
  •     Influence employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation.

Thus, STEAM provides a student with the necessary tools and methods to explore new and creative ways of problem-solving, displaying data, innovation, and linking multiple fields. Implementing STEAM principles into education allows for more understanding, innovation, and a cohesive education in the classroom.

Studies have shown a very evident difference in students before and after STEAM education. Students who struggled to memorize in the traditional educational system became curious and innovative, overcoming the challenges posed against them by self-designed aids of thought. STEAM’s efficiency is thus revealed to the world.

Daring students to be wrong, listening to others’ opinions, trying many different ideas, creating solutions based on real-life problems, and all the more training the students to develop the necessary skills by themselves in the ever-changing world is the foundation for STEAM educational approach.

In conclusion, STEAM studies aim to provide innovative and critical thinking through the interpretation of science and technology by engineering and arts, based on a language of mathematics. Thus, STEAM studies make a student more creative, experimental, innovative, and different making them more suitable and adept citizens of the world.

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Evolution of Robotics

EVOLUTION OF ROBOTICS

The word robot was first mentioned in a fictional play by Karel Čapek, a Czech writer. The story of play revolved around a company called Rossum’s Universal Robots, which was depicted to have gained immense popularity after starting to manufacture workers in large numbers. These so-called workers did everything that humans preferred not to do while all they lacked was emotions.

Since that imagination until now, we have come a long way to the age of AI-infused autonomous machines where robots are being granted citizenships and digital human is also a thing. While recalling that robots were initially supposed to be doing only labour-intensive mindless jobs, here is a sneak peek into the exciting journey that this technology has taken:

Emergence of Robotics

The industrial revolution paved the way for new advances in the area of science and technology. This was also the time when “robotics” was established as a study of science and usage of robots. In an attempt to prevent an anticipated misuse of robots in a rapidly increasing automation industry, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov drafted the following famous “Laws of Robotics”:

Law One: A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a being to come to harm.

Law Two: A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with a higher order law.

Law Three: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with a higher order law.

To showcase the necessity of such laws, Asimov went on to write about three fictional stories in which robots brought the end of humanity. He hoped to see a world where these human-like robots would act only as our servants- henceforth, proposing a mandatory set of programming rules to prevent them from causing any harm to humans.

The world of Today

Technology is all set to make us, not only physically, but also emotionally dependent on robots. An example of this is Yotaro, a baby robot built with the sole aim to encourage young couples in Japan to become parents. It lets you experience the “real sense” of physical contact as with a real baby and supposed to trigger similar emotions.

On touching its soft and warm face or stomach, Yotaro sets off to show a variety of different reactions like smiling, crying, sleeping, sneezing, and expressing anger. The exact reaction chosen depends on the sense of touch that it experienced and interpreted. An intelligent emotion control program handles the change of expressions- for example, when its nose is touched, Yotaro sneezes; when its cheeks are touched, it becomes happy and so on. It can even simulate a running nose!

Our future

Technological singularity is said to be that hypothetical point in time at which machines grow up to be so intelligent that it is no longer possible to differentiate between them and humans. Scary as it may sound, we must also remember that humans evolved until this point by forcing other species into an existential crisis- maybe it’s time to pay back!

 

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Robotics in Schools

Robotics in Schools

 

It is important now more than ever to prepare students for the future as we now have a technology driven world. Robotics takes education technology to a new level, creating the next evolution in teaching. That’s because introducing robotics to schools means making STEM skills and knowledge hands-on and fun, to prepare students for the future in a way that feels more like creativity and less like homework.

Robotics is also a field that has the ability to empower young girls in the classroom. STEM-focused fields are traditionally male dominated, leaving young girls to question their ability to program or build computers. Because the tech world is not one that focuses on or is created for girls, by engaging them with robotics and technology in the classroom we can begin to change that. When girls realize their ability to build robots and program, they are empowered to have successful futures and create innovative technology.

Some of the key benefits of teaching robotics in school:

  1. Introduction to Programming

Teaching young students the abstract subject of programming can be a challenging feat. Programming is often too complex for most students to grasp. Robotics is a simpler to understand and more tangible introduction to programming.

When students program physical robots, it’s easier for them to see what goes wrong as they learn what robots can and cannot do. They learn the skills needed to create precise and accurate instructions and have fun while learning valuable lessons. Teaching robotics in schools gives students the opportunity to address the growing demand of teaching STEM subjects while learning how science, engineering, math, and technology work together and interact.

 

  1. Increases Creativity

Robotics is a production-based learning module. Students have the opportunity to create something tangible and make it perform the actions that they program it to do. Not a lot of fields combine creativity with engineering and technology like robotics does. When students are given the opportunity to create something interactive that they think is cool, their engagement levels increase, and they retain more information. You might be surprised at the things kids can create when given the right information and tools.

  1. Preparing them for the future

It’s no secret that jobs in the STEM field are the fastest growing careers. By the time all of our students graduate in a few years or so, over half of the available jobs will be in the STEM field and a large chunk of the rest will require employees to have some STEM knowledge. When students are introduced to robotics in their school years, they can discover any interests and talents that they may have in this job market. Without the knowledge or access to robotics education, there’s no way for students to build interest in these fields. Without robotics education in public schools, who knows how many potential creators and innovators there are who were never given the resources to realize their potential.

  1. Develops teamwork skills.

The STEM skills that robotics teach are great for inspiring tomorrow’s engineers. When students work in groups on a project with a robot they quickly see that technical skills, such as coding, are very important. However, their robot won’t move if they don’t know how to collaborate with others and communicate their ideas. Through robotics in the classroom, students learn how to express themselves and listen and relate to others, honing valuable life skills.

STEM lessons are extremely important for students as they prepare to enter the 21st-century workforce. Through robotics, students can learn more than just how to code. They can learn skills in leadership, community involvement, communicating across different technology platforms, finding their passions, and teamwork, which will position them for success well beyond their school years

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See Robot Spot 3D-Map a Ford Transmission Factory

Ford has announced it has leased a pair of Boston Dynamics’ Spot robotic dogs.

Ford is using the robots to help it 3D-map its Van Dyke Transmission Plant. “By having the robots scan our facility, we can see what it actually looks like now and build a new engineering model. That digital model is then used when we need to retool the plant for new products,” said Mark Goderis, Ford’s digital engineering manager. The automaker named one of them Fluffy. The other is keeping its Spot moniker assigned to it by Boston Dynamics.The dogs are used to capture 360-degree images of areas in the plant that are difficult to get to using a traditional 3D camera on a tripod. They’re equipped with five cameras and can navigate stairs and kneel down to get into hard-to-reach places. Their four legs allow the robots to walk, doglike, around the plant at speeds of up to 3 mph—so they’re not exactly zippy. The battery lasts for two hours.

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