Seven Skills Students Need for Their Future

Dr. Wagner has identified what he calls a “global achievement gap,” which is the leap between what even our best schools are teaching, and the must-have skills of the future:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
  • Agility and adaptability
  • Initiative and entrepreneurialism
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Accessing and analyzing information
  • Curiosity and imagination

How do you work on building these skills? No college I know, teaches them yet. How do you embed them into the existing educational system? There are other challenges too? How do you convince teachers, students, parents that you need these skills?

LinkLog: Collective Intelligence 2012

We seek papers about behavior that is both collective and intelligent. By collective, we mean groups of individual actors, including, for example, people, computational agents, and organizations. By intelligent, we mean that the collective behavior of the group exhibits characteristics such as, for example, perception, learning, judgment, or problem solving.

With a fascinating set of topics, this conference promises to be a great one.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • human computation
  • social computing
  • crowd sourcing
  • wisdom of crowds (e.g., prediction markets)
  • group memory and problem-solving
  • deliberative democracy
  • animal collective behavior
  • organizational design
  • public policy design (e.g., regulatory reform)
  • ethics of collective intelligence (e.g., “digital sweatshops”)
  • computational models of group search and optimization
  • emergence and evolution of intelligence
  • new technologies for making groups smarter

Semantic Web InfoStream – 20th May 2011

New Additions to the SemTech SF program
Aditya Kalyanpur, research staff member for IBM Research will lead a session entitled “Building Watson: An Overview of the DeepQA Project for the Jeopardy! Challenge,” a discussion of the the DeepQA technology and describe what it was like to build a Watson, the computer system that won on Jeopardy!

Thoughts on the Intelligent Web
from Sir Tim Berners-Lee: “It’s not the Social Network Sites that are interesting – it is the Social Network itself. The Social Graph. The way I am connected, not the way my Web pages are connected. We can use the word Graph, now, to distinguish from Web. I called this graph the Semantic Web, but maybe it should have been Giant Global Graph!”
Music and the Semantic Web workshop
About ease of editing and owning of music metadata (who should own it? third parties? artists? record labels? who should host the canonical URI for an artist?), about relationships of Semantic Web standards with industry standards like ISRCs, ISNIs, MPEG etc.
Thematic Series around #RDF in chemistry now online
Thematic Series around #RDF in chemistry now online Thanx to the great support from the people at BioMed Central / Chemistry Central (not sure how apart / the same these two are), and Jan and Bailey in particular!, the Thematic Series around the ACSRDF2010 meeting of last August in Boston, …
Spotlight on Syllabs
A recent article highlights Syllabs, “a web service built to apply semantic analysis to website text in a few extremely useful ways. The Syllabs API can detect the language of text, detect which ‘named entities’ a block of text mentions (people, businesses) and find related keywords to any keyword. When you hear about the semantic web, this is the sort of API driving that future.”

Multicore Infostream – May 20, 2011

Nvidia Snaps Out Snappier Tesla GPU Coprocessors
Nvidia Snaps Out Snappier Tesla GPU Coprocessors By Timothy Prickett Morgan 22 Get more from this author GPU chipmaker Nvidia knows that it has to do more to grow its Tesla biz than slap some passive heat sinks on a fanless GPU card and talk up its CUDA parallel-programming tools. ..

Book Review: Professional Parallel Programming with C#

Book Review: Professional Parallel Programming with C# by Mike Riley Parallel extensions represents one of the most exciting additions to the .NET Framework 4. They allow .NET developers to leverage the full power of multicore computing architectures with relative ease. Although implementing and using extensions may be straightforward, it takes …

Microsoft updating .Net for easy concurrency
Microsoft updating .Net for easy concurrency By Joab Jackson Microsoft is building two new additions to its .Net framework that should make it much easier for programmers to utilize all the cores of a multicore processor. The additions should not only ease the complexities of writing a program to run …

VIA announces new QuadCore processor
VIA announces new QuadCore processor VIA Technologies Inc. will launch what it claims as the most energy-efficient processor in the market. The company’s new QuadCore processor features an optimized, energy-efficient multi-core architecture. It delivers multi-threaded performance across the board for multi-tasking, multimedia playback, productivity and internet browsing using minimal power. …

InfoQ: Scala 2.9.0 Introduces Parallel Collections
InfoQ: Scala 2.9.0 Introduces Parallel Collections The latest Scala release 2.9.0 introduces parallel collections to easily utilize multicore processors. Other new features are an improved REPL, ScalaDoc and new packages for interacting with the operating system. By Mirko Stocker

Daily Links May 20, 2011kill

Source: Check page alerts, InfoMinder, Infostreams and Twitter Stream

Top 75 College Education Tweets and Twitter Accounts  via @onlinecourse
Unemployed, educated, and indebted, more Millennials seeking work beyond U.S via @onlinecourse

Hacker Monthly  Hacker Monthly – checkout the special issue on startup stories. I found this via YC News and a @checkpage alert.

Growing need for data heads  US will need 140,000 to 190,000 more people with “deep analytical” and data analysis skills. A bigger more surprising number is  the  need for 1.5 million more data-literate managers.  Now let me go and Google ‘data literate managers’. From indeed.com:

Data Literate Managers jobs nationwide (about 1,704 jobs).
Data Literate jobs nationwide (about 4,827 jobs).

Quite a skill gap.  Go and do a job search on LinkedIn for Data Scientists. The last time I looked there were about 16. They may hire more, now that they had a good IPO.

WeekendHacker A boutique network of developers & designers. Find help for your (very) small projects. I did not find much on the site when I registered. I got an email confirmation asking me to email projects to a given address. But the concept of a market for small apps is interesting.

Snippets – A Useful Tool for Product Teams from Marissa Mayer’s talk

Snippets – from Marissa Mayer’s TiEcon Talk

A 5-7 bullet blog post sent by every employee at Google on Monday describing what was accomplished the week before.

The snippets are aggregated and made searchable so any one inside Google can find out who else is working on things they are interested in.

This is not an exact quote. I was trying to listen and take notes while Marissa Mayer was talking – not an easy thing to do.

She was amazing and is full of energy. Always a pleasure to watch/listen to people with so much passion.

Twitter: The ROI of Curating Content on Twitter

The more we listen, the more we know. The more we know, the more we notice. The more we notice the more we can use to figure out what we need to know next.

Recursive knowledge acquisition :)

Love this part of the post. Liz does such a great job of articulating how she benefits from Twitter. Your benefits may vary but there is no doubt that there are. Here are some of mine:

1. Made new friends
2. Strengthened some of the old friendships by being in touch more often
3. By connecting my Twitter account to my FB account, I start more conversations
4. I learn so much more than I ever imagined. I make it a point to follow people from many countries and many walks of life. We are getting a virtual tour of all those places through the eyes of our Twitter friends.

The Sharing Economy

The evolution of the social web, explains Botsman, first enabled programmers to share code (Linux), then allowed people to share their lives (Facebook), and most recently encouraged creators to share their content (YouTube). “Now we’re going into the fourth phase,” says Botsman, “where people are saying, ‘I can apply the same technology to share all kinds of assets offline, from the real world.’

Twitter is a tool for sharing knowledge. If you look around you will see many more:

- Quora
- Slideshare
- Scribd
- Wikipedia
- Several specialized wikis

Besides sharing bits there are lots of movements towards sharing places and objects as well. These include:
- BnB (bed and breakfast places)
- Couchsurfing ( where you simply share a couch)
- car pooling
- carshare and zipcar