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The Evolution of AI: Google Assistant

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The Evolution of AI: Google Assistant At I/O 2018, Google presented the next generation of Google Assistant, their on-device AI personal assistant and competitor to Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Amazon’s Alexa.

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Can education systems anticipate the challenges of AI? (IIEP-UNESCO strategic debate)

Steve Vosloo

I was honoured to be a discussant in the IIEP-UNESCO strategic debate in Paris on the question Can education systems anticipate the challenges of AI?

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Realities360 Conference Preview

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In just three weeks, from June 26th-June 28th, the Realities 360 Conference, hosted by the eLearning Guild, will be held in San Jose, CA. The Float Team is excited to be both attending and presenting at several sessions at the conference.

Steve Richey’s Article in International Society of Performance Improvement publication April 2018

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Utilizing Presence in Augmented?Reality Reality Applications to Improve Learning Outcomes Steve Richey, a software developer here at Float who focuses on mobile, augmented reality, and machine learning has written an article for the International Society of Performance Improvement on Utilizing Presence in Augmented-Reality Applications to Improve Learning Outcomes.

New to Mobile Learning Development: 3 Big Problems and 7 Solutions

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Float’s and Augmented Reality – Catching Up On Recent & Future Events

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Augmented Reality Recap 2018 So, it’s clear that augmented reality is a hot new technology that is bridging the gap between real and virtual environments. (To To learn more on AR and how its affecting the learning industry read up on What Does AR for Learning Enable That Previously Wasn’t Possible? in a previous Float blog post … The post Float’s and Augmented Reality – Catching Up On Recent & Future Events appeared first on Float. Augmented Reality Conference

TAG xAPI Webinar on March 20th, 2018

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Intrigued with learning more about how xAPI is revolutionizing the learning community? Join us on Tuesday March 20th, 2018 at 2:30pm EST for a webinar hosted by IEEE Technical Advisory Group on xAPI. The webinar will consist of a 30 minute session followed by 15 minutes after reserved for Q&A. Chad Udell will be speaking on behalf … The post TAG xAPI Webinar on March 20th, 2018 appeared first on Float. Webinars Experience API free webinar webinar xAPI

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The Pros and Cons of Digitization on Jobs – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

Digitization will have profound effects on the world of work. According to McKinsey , while technology will lift productivity and economic growth, up to 375 million people may need to switch occupations or upgrade their skills.

Can ICT4D Have a Cambridge Analytica-Facebook Moment? Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

Facebook currently has a Cambridge Analytica problem. It is under severe pressure to explain how 87 million users had their personal data leaked and offer assurances of how it will not happen again. Beyond the US, Cambridge Analytica has been a player in multiple elections in Kenya and Nigeria.

UNESCO Request for Input on Guidelines for Digital Inclusion – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

In 2018 around half the world’s population will be online, which is a major achievement. It also means there is still much work to be done to include the other half. The next four billion users look different to those already benefiting from digital opportunities for livelihoods, life and work.

3 New Reports on Edtech for Refugees, Displaced Populations and Deprived Settings – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

There are over half a billion children living in countries affected by conflict and disasters , making them three times more likely to be out of school than children living in stable, but low-income countries.

Six Practices for Digital Inclusion – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

UNESCO, in partnership with Pearson , has released the final batch of case studies of digital solutions that are inclusive for people with low skills and low literacy, helping them to participate in the knowledge society in innovative ways.

The Challenges of Being a Sustainable Edtech Venture – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

Earlier this month I attended FUTUR.E.S in Africa in Casablanca, the first event to connect French, Moroccan and African digital ecosystems. Startups, academics and government shared projects in various sectors, including education.

3 Data Types Every ICT4D Organization Needs – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

After five years researching the effectiveness of non-profit organizations (NPOs) in the USA, Stanford University lecturer Kathleen Kelly Janus found that while 75% of NPOs collect data, only 6% feel they are using it effectively. Just to be clear, these were not all tech organizations.).

Every Big Data Algorithm Needs a Storyteller – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

The use of big data by public institutions is increasingly shaping peoples’ lives. In the USA, algorithms influence the criminal justice system through risk assessment and predictive policing systems, drive energy allocation and change educational system through new teacher evaluation tools.

Across Africa the Feature Phone is Not Dead – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

Quartz Africa reports that last year feature phones took back market share from smartphones in Africa. The market share of smartphones fell to 39% in 2017 (from 45%), while feature phones rose to 61% (from 55%).

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In ICT4D We’re Principled, But Are We Practiced Enough? – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

Last month CO.DESIGN published the 10 New Principles of Good Design (thanks Air-bel Center for the link). The article, which is based on a set of industrial design principles from the 1970s, makes for important reading.

Why Digital Skills Really Matter for ICT4D – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

In an increasingly online world, people need digital skills to work and live productively. One of the major barriers to digital uptake is a lack of these skills. Across Africa, seven in ten people who don’t use the Internet say they just don’t know how to use it.

Creating Killer ICT4D Content – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

Creating killer content is critical to ICT4D success. One of the major barriers to digital uptake is a lack of incentives to go online because of a lack of relevant or attractive content.

Voice for Development: Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

While ICT4D innovates from the ground up, most tech we use comes from the top. Yes, it takes a little time for the prices of commercial services in Silicon Valley to drop sufficiently, and the tech to diffuse to the audiences we work with, but the internet and mobile have made that wait short indeed.

Algorithmic Accountability is Possible in ICT4D

Steve Vosloo

As we saw recently, when it comes to big data for public services there needs to be algorithmic accountability. People need to understand not only what data is being used, but what analysis is being performed on it and for what purpose. Further, complementing big data with thick, adjacent and lean data also helps to tell a more complete story of analysis.