Coding is a language — and that’s why kids can learn it faster than you

Across the world, the conversion of information into a digital format – also called “digitalization” – has increased productivity in the public and private sectors. As a result, virtually every country in the world is working towards a digital economy. As this new economy evolves, special skills like computer programming are needed. This is like a language of numbers, known as code, which allows people to write instructions that are executed by computers. The goal is to create something: from a web page to an image, to a piece of software. Early coding languages emerged in the 1940s. These were… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Everything you need to know about neuromorphic computing

In July, a group of artificial intelligence researchers showcased a self-driving bicycle that could navigate around obstacles, follow a person, and respond to voice commands. While the self-driving bike itself was of little use, the AI technology behind it was remarkable. Powering the bicycle was a neuromorphic chip, a special kind of AI computer. Neuromorphic computing is not new. In fact, it was first proposed in the 1980s. But recent developments in the artificial intelligence industry have renewed interest in neuromorphic computers. The growing popularity of deep learning and neural networks has spurred a race to develop AI hardware specialized for neural… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Here are 10 career skills you can start mastering this Memorial Day weekend

TLDR: Learning never takes a holiday — so dive into these 10 career-redefining skills that could jumpstart your professional pursuits. With so much instability in the global job market, it’s no surprise that everyone is thinking about their career plans. No matter whether you feel fulfilled and secure in your current position or think you’re expecting new challenges soon, expanding your skillset is never a bad career move — and might actually make all the difference in landing a new opportunity or new employer. As part of your Memorial Day plan to jumpstart your professional life, pick up training in… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Shopify helped earn the founder of Ring $1 billion. Here’s how you can follow that gameplan

TLDR: The Ultimate Shopify and Ecommerce Expert Bundle will give the complete 411 on building and growing a successful online sales operation. Almost a decade ago, serial entrepreneur Jamie Siminoff couldn’t find any investors to bite on his latest big idea: a home doorbell with a camera to see who was on your doorstep. Kickstarter offered too many problems and Siminoff even famously struck out in front of the sharks on the hit show Shark Tank. So in 2015, Siminoff launched his product, now rechristening Ring, on his own on Shopify. After quickly raking in over $1 million in sales,… This story continues at The Next Web...
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How to use pre-trained models in your next business project

Most of the new deep learning models being released, especially in NLP, are very, very large: They have parameters ranging from hundreds of millions to tens of billions. Given good enough architecture, the larger the model, the more learning capacity it has. Thus, these new models have huge learning capacity and are trained on very, very large datasets. Because of that, they learn the entire distribution of the datasets they are trained on. One can say that they encode compressed knowledge of these datasets. This allows these models to be used for very interesting applications—the most common one being transfer learning. Transfer learning is fine-tuning pre-trained models on… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Disney debuts Zenimation, which mixes soothing sounds with familiar art

Disney today launched its latest series, called Zenimation, a collection of shorts that combine the company’s animation with some soothing sound effects. I don’t know about y’all, but something like this was exactly what I needed to help cure my quarantine fatigue. Indulge your senses. All episodes of @DisneyAnimation’s #Zenimation, an Original Series, now streaming on #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/1NSkirtNvI — Disney+ (@disneyplus) May 22, 2020 Each Zenimation short loops together art from some of Disney’s animated films with sound effects such as wind, rain, animal noises, and other soothing sounds. The animation is pulled from classics like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Lion… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Final Fantasy XIV Online with 30 days of play time is free through 26 May: Here’s how to get it

Square Enix today announced that the Final Fantasy XIV Online: Starter Edition, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in the Final Fantasy universe, is free to download on Playstation 4 from now until 26 May, after which you can keep it forever. If you have a Playstation 4 and an account already, all you need to do is head to the Playstation store, either here or on your console, and navigate to the game’s page. You’ll notice the Starter Edition is free, but this isn’t a crippled or lite version. It comes with the full A Realm Reborn quest line and dozens of hours… This story continues at The Next Web...
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A history of sex in video games: When has it crossed the line?

The year is 2012. Square Enix reveals a gameplay trailer of its upcoming action-adventure title, Tomb Raider, at E3. At a pivotal moment, gaming legend Lara Croft has been discovered in a hiding place during a dramatic escape from an enemy encampment. A grizzled, armed man grabs her by the shoulder, then proceeds to run his hands down the sides of her body. The camera pauses as he’s doing so to allow the viewer to process what they’re seeing: one of gaming’s strongest and most fearless protagonists — who has never before even shared a kiss in-game — is about… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Cannabis is more effective at preventing and treating COVID-19 than hydroxychloroquine

A team of scientists from Canada have identified at least 13 strains of cannabis sativa they believe can aid in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. The President of the United States of America has spent the past few weeks touting a dangerous drug called hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic treatment for COVID-19. Unfortunately, the president’s expertise is in reality TV, not medicine. Several studies have shown that hydroxychloroquine, a drug designed to treat malaria, has dangerous side-effects when used to treat coronavirus, including death. The quest for a COVID-19 drug that will both make Donald Trump and his friends in… This story continues at The Next Web...
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This free AI chatbot helps businesses fight COVID-19 misinformation

Avaamo, a company that specializes in conversational AI, recently built a virtual assistant to translate natural language queries about the COVID-19 pandemic into reliable insights. In other words, it’s an AI-powered chatbot that can answer just about any question you have about the pandemic. Avaamo’s Project COVID uses a deep learning system called natural language processing to turn our questions about the pandemic into website and database queries. It works a lot like Google or Bing, you input text and the AI tries to find the most relevant information possible. The big difference is that Avaamo carefully guards the gates… This story continues at The Next Web...
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