This week's must-read stories MIT and IBM are teaming up to build a $240 million AI research lab and business incubator


MIT and IBM are teaming up to build a $240 million AI research lab and business incubator
IBM will invest $240 million to create the MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab in a 10-year partnership with the MIT with the goal of propelling scientific breakthroughs that unlock the potential of AI. The new lab will focus on fundamental artificial intelligence research with the aim to “advance AI hardware, software, and algorithms related to deep learning and other areas”.

Survey among information security leaders reveals shortage of skills
A survey shows that leaders of the information security industry think that the digital security skills gap is a challenge for organizations and their defense strategies. According to some predictions, there will be a global shortage of two million digital security professionals by 2019 and every year 40,000 cybersecurity jobs go unfilled.

The state of Artificial Intelligence in business
The MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group conducted a survey with more than 3,000 leaders, analysts, and technology experts across industries to identify the strategies that companies are using to implement Artificial Intelligence in their business model.

Google and Bertelsmann will fund 75,000 Udacity scholarships to bridge the digital skills gap
The European Union has predicted that half a million Information and Communication Technologies jobs will remain unfilled by 2020. To bridge the digital skills gap, Google, Bertelsmann and Udacity are opening 75,000 full scholarships for residents of Europe, Russia, Egypt, Israel and Turkey. 

Father of the flipped classroom says we should let students use their phones in exams
Eric Mazur, pioneer of the flipped classroom, urges academics to take the next leap allowing students to use their laptops and phones in exams. He says universities should use technology to encourage more collaboration between students outside the classroom.

LOST: a simulator for making logistics decisions
Inspired by Isaac Asimov’s "Foundation", Professor Ernesto Pacheco developed LOST (Logistics Simulator) with the aim of understanding how people make decisions in the area of logistics. The game fosters the integration of different elements to enhance the learning experience and make it possible to detect areas of opportunity. 

Millennial parents and students still prefer pen and paper for productive learning
A new study found that 96% of parents think that paper is essential to their kids’ learning and that their children do well on homework when they write it down by hand. The report also lists some of the benefits of reading on paper, arguing that it allows you to better concentrate on the material, which improves how well you remember and recollect it".