This week's must-read stories
Looking at the world through Mathematics
A formal and rigorous vision of Mathematics should be accompanied by an instrumental or practical vision. Teachers must model real-life phenomena and allow students to not only learn and pass their Mathematics courses, but to value and appreciate the potential of this knowledge in their personal and professional environment.
Innovation in education through science fiction
Science and technology cannot solve by themselves the problems that humanity faces today, but finding ways to activate imagination could be a key component in solving the challenges. Tecnológico de Monterrey has created the TecPrize: Moonshots for the future. The project is structured around a series of challenges seeking innovative technology-based proposals to improve higher education.
Will robots steal our jobs?
A new McKinsey study modeled the possible employment changes for more than 800 occupations, based on different scenarios and considering the automation adoption pace and future labor demand. One-third of today’s activities could be displaced by 2030. Furthermore, 30 percent of the hours worked globally could be automated by 2030.
Google to promote computational thinking and computer science in libraries
The American Library Association (ALA) received $500,000 in grants from Google to implement coding programs in libraries all over the U.S. ALA developed a program for students called “Libraries Ready to Code.” Its goal is to enhance libraries with computational thinking and computer science activities.
Computer Science Education Week and the 50th anniversary of kids learning to code
The Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) aims to inspire students to take interest in computer science. This year marks the 50th anniversary since computer programming was first introduced to kids.
Amazon to boost Machine Learning programs using its cloud service
The AWS Machine Learning Research Awards program will fund university departments, faculty, Ph.D. students and post-docs that are conducting research in machine learning. Projects can apply to obtain cash gifts and credits from Amazon.
New MIT class brings together AI and hardware
With its new Hardware Architecture for Deep Learning course, MIT’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department aims to teach students the interactions between hardware and Artificial Intelligence, two traditionally separate disciplines.
What we are reading
Priceless Experience for Young Scientists (paywall) (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Importance of Awe in Education (Singularity HUB)
Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting (The New York Times)