In 2010 when the country finally went ahead with automated general elections, I attended a briefing conducted for the media by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic-TIM, provider of the precinct count optical scan or PCOS system. Even my low-tech comprehension could easily digest the process of automated voting: instead of writing down names on a ballot, I would shade circles beside the names, slide the ballot into the machine, wait for confirmation that I had voted, and then go to the Comelec-deputized teachers so I could have my forefinger daubed with indelible ink. When the polling centers closed, we would wait for the results. No more laborious manual tallying on blackboards or large sheets of paper. No more ballot snatching. No more waiting for days and even weeks for results. “Trust the machine,” the Comelec chairman at the time, retired Supreme Court Justice Jose Melo, told me. I trusted Melo. But the machine? When the briefing folks began talking … [Read more...] about Trust the machine?
By Michelle Ma WSJ Mon., May 13, 2019 Today’s middle schoolers may be the first “artificial intelligence natives,” a generation that’s grown up interacting with YouTube’s algorithm or Amazon’s Alexa smart speaker. Educators are grappling with how to teach children to be responsible consumers of the technology. Blakeley H. Payne has one idea. A graduate research assistant at MIT Media Lab who studies the ethics of AI, Ms. Payne designed a curriculum to teach children about concepts like algorithmic bias and deep learning. She tested the week-and-a-half-long program in October with about 225 fifth- through eighth-grade students at David E. Williams Middle School in Coraopolis, Pa., outside Pittsburgh. Ms. Payne, who does not have a background in education, developed the course of study with input from computer science teachers and researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her “unplugged” curriculum mainly … [Read more...] about How to teach kids about AI
A woman accompanied her husband to the doctor’s office for his checkup. Afterwards, the doctor took his wife aside and said: “Unless you do the following, your husband will surely die. Here’s what you need to do. Every morning, serve him a good healthy breakfast. Meet him at home each day for lunch so that you can serve him a well-balanced meal. Make sure that you feed him a good hot meal each evening and don’t overburden him with any stressful conversation, nor ask him to do any household chores. Also, keep the house spotless and clean so that he doesn’t get exposed to any dangerous germs.” On the way home, the husband asked his wife what the doctor said. She replied, “He said that you’re going to die.” I don’t think she’s much of a communicator. By the way, if you go home every night and you discover that your wife serves you nothing but pork every night, then it looks like she’s got a plan for you! There is … [Read more...] about Communicate with power
Judging from the essay Khun Vint’s grandson wrote about his hatred of maths, the 10-year-old boy is a child prodigy. I don’t think any Thai fourth-grader would know that the ancient Greeks invented maths (me neither) and I doubt any of them has such a strong vocabulary. Most 10-year-old Thai kids know only words that have a consonant-vowel-consonant pattern, much less are able to write coherent sentences. This sentence alone – “Though my most favourite subject is art, my family compares me to my friends, saying I should be like them” – would make a Thai university student cower and tremble. I must credit his grandpa for the boy’s excellent English. Khun Vint should write a book on how to teach kids English. It would be sensational if not revolutionary. Somsak Pola Samut Prakan … [Read more...] about Who needs maths when your English is this good at 10?
NATIONAL GALLERY Singapore’s rooftop is today a sea of green, covered by more than 30 less-known plant species that thrive in reclaimed areas around Singapore including Changi, Tuas and the Southern Islands. On display until October 27, the transformation is the work of Singapore artist Charles Lim Yi Yong who was commissioned by the gallery to transform the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden into a social space titled “Sea State 9: Proclamation Garden”. Singapore artist Charles Lim Yi Yong fills the National Gallery Singapore’s roof garden with more than 30 lesser-known plant species that thrive in reclaimed areas around Singapore. It is the gallery’s latest roof garden commission series and also Lim’s first extensive foray into re-designing a physical space for his work. The title of this living art installation references the act of proclamation made by the Presidents of Singapore over the past five decades, in which reclaimed sites are … [Read more...] about Forgotten foliage