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Thursday, November 1, 2018

AI and Education- Two Pieces of the Same Puzzle



Imagine, you’re dashing out of your living room tomorrow, running up your driveway, and sliding into your car. You’re late for office, you overslept. And you know your boss is sure to ream you in front of the entire staff if you don’t send this mail before you get there. You’re typing; your fingers are working as fast as they can. But you’re only human. You’re making mistakes, and you don’t have the time to rewrite the misspelled words. It’s not good; your boss will take one look at it, and you’ll be out of a job by lunch.

But that’s not going to happen, because while you're making mistakes, your mobile is correcting it as you type.

What is it?

Is it magic?

Is it a god sent blessing?


No. It’s your device’s inbuilt Artificial Intelligence which is so sophisticated that it can detect when you’re making a typing error and fix it on its own. And thanks to this AI, you can send the email and keep your job.

What about ecommerce websites like Amazon? Once you search for a particular item, it keeps bombarding you with suggestions of similar products for days after that. Even Google uses your search data to show you ads. All of it is possible because of AI. In the past decade, we have taken such giant leaps in the AI technology, that now we have highly advanced personal assistants like Siri and Alexa in our day-to-day lives. They are not only able to obey our audio commands, but learn things about us and our routines and do chores on their own. All of it to make our lives a little easier.

From companies combining AI with their analytics system to learn patterns of their sales to enterprises using AIs to assist their workers in the factories, the entire world is quickly becoming one with these AIs. They make our lives less stressful and reduce the potential of making a mistake by many folds.

Education is one of those realms which is greatly benefiting from modern-day AIs as well. As we see more and more advancements in the AI infrastructure, the education sector is finding more and more new ways to use these AIs and train, teach, and prepare better students. And today we will focus on some of the most prominent ways the education sector is benefiting from Artificial Intelligence.

So let’s dive in!

Reduces frivolous labor

A teacher’s life is not easy. From taking classes all day and dealing with hundreds of students, to taking attendance, preparing notes, schedules and grading and making papers late nights, she has to do it all. But because of AIs, these laborious tasks have been slashed significantly. New AIs are emerging which can grade papers on their own, without the slightest intervention being required from the teachers. AIs capable of assessing a multiple choice question test already exist and are used by many colleges. But industry leaders believe that soon, even better AIs will emerge which will be able to grade theory papers and essays as well.

AI is also set to reduce the amount of work that is required to be done in the administration wing of colleges and schools. Many colleges have already automated the admission process, which takes care of student paperwork on its own. Furthermore, using biometric systems combined with AI, some institutions are able to not only store the attendance of students and teachers but find patterns in their leaves if there are any.

Virtual Facilitators

From a student’s point of view, AIs can be of great help in increasing their learning efficiency. The problem with the classroom culture is that a teacher is available to her students only for a couple of minutes. In those minutes she has to take attendance, teach all she had planned to teach that day all the while dealing with chaotic renegade elements among the students. This doesn’t leave a lot of time for students to have a back and forth of ideas with her about that day’s lesson. So the confusions that they have, remain and they have to try and catch the teacher in hallways with their doubts or reach out to her on her email to make an appointment. But there is no way to guarantee that she’ll even reply.

This leaves gaping holes in a student's knowledge about a particular topic.

As a remedy to this issue, intelligent chatbots are now surfacing. The most popular among them these days is Georgia Tech's first AI teaching Assistant. Say hello to Jill Watson. Professor Ashok Goel and his team of Georgia Tech’s grad students developed Jill to respond to a large number of queries which are posted by the online students on a forum. Jill was developed using IBM Watson infrastructure which is also popular because of its victory over two Jeopardy champions.

The most interesting thing of the entire case, however, was that that none of the students who were interacting with Jill even knew that she was an AI. Such incredibly advanced computer programs can change the face of the education spectrum forever.

Smart Content

In the past few years, computers have taken another step forward and have started to create digital content on their own which is error free, both knowledge and grammar wise. It is called smart content, and it is growing more popular with each new advancement in the AI domain. Solutions like Cram101 are capable of turning a book’s worth of data into small packets of information. This platform takes a book and then breaks it down into notes, chapter summaries, practice tests, and flashcards. Many students find it rather tedious to sift through thousand pages long books; it eats up a lot of there time, especially during exam times. So digital solutions such as Cram101 come in very handy because they break down these bulky books into a more condensed form so that students can handle it.


Teachers nowadays are also able to create digital contents using platforms like Nexttex Learning. It allows users to create digital curriculums, audio and video content for students to better help them understand complicated topics.

Personalization

Not every student is the same. Some are brighter than others. Some have better-grasping capabilities, and some learn slowly. Furthermore, some students prefer a more practical way of learning things, and some like to spend their days in libraries, going through books. It is not possible to say which method is better. Each one of them works for a different type of student. But a teacher doesn’t have the luxury to treat every student differently. She has to follow a generalized form of teaching because she has some fifty students in her classroom to teach.

With the coming of AI in the education sector, possibilities have risen for a more personalized approach to teaching. These AIs are quickly transforming into digital professors who can help students by devising a study regime which is best suitable for a certain type of student. This way, a student can learn all he can in the class from his actual professor and at home from his digital professor in ways which is optimal for him.

Adaptive Learning

It is in an AI’s job description, that it learns from its environment, on its own. That is what makes it intelligent. It adapts according to the situations. This adaptive nature of AIs, adds more flair to its allure, especially for the education domain. The best thing about AIs is that one AI can look after many users and yet provide personalized services. Every user that has this AI has a personal version of it. This AI can evaluate every student’s growth and the pace at which it is happening. Then it can tweak its current method of tutoring just for that student to achieve better results. Based on its learning, AI can then also suggest revisions on particular topics so that a student's learning and knowledge is always complete.

AIs as Exam-Proctors
Distant learning leads to distant examinations. And the fundamental trouble with distant exams is that there is no way to make sure that an exam-taker is not cheating. But new AIs are now being developed which can work as proctors at these distant examination centers. Thus using these AIs, runners of distant learning programs can improve the authenticity of their exams and make sure that the students don’t cheat their way through.

Data gathering

Data gathering is one of the founding pillars of any AI system. It notices something new, and then it learns it. This can be of great value to teachers and students alike. Using AI, students can grade their teachers based on their knowledge, class control, and other such metrics. These student feedbacks can be vital in improving a teacher's technique.

On the other hand, AIs are now capable of evaluating an individual student's growth and use that personal data to form a bigger picture. If the data gathered from all the students shows that alterations should be made in the curriculum or that some topic needs revisiting or that students are not responding well to a particular teacher or her technique, then actions can be taken.

Conclusion

From robot professors who will make actual biological professors obsolete to AI companions which will assist students from their birth and throughout their education, helping them in learning things in a way which is tailored just for them, possibilities are infinite. The way AI works, learning and then executing it, if you think about it, is very close to what teachers do with their students. We learn, and then we implement.

This paints a scenario where AI and other automation have merged with the education spectrum so intricately that we can create a genius out of every child. No one will be left behind. There are even AIs who are helping ASD inflicted kids in learning social behavior. Now naysayers are many; some say that machines are replacing one sector at a time and some say that they will one day dominate us. But to expostulate them, I would say that computers are not here to take over, AI is not here to outsmart humans but to make humans smarter and better educated. We need to find a way to work with this technology rather than going against it. AI and education are basically two pieces of the same puzzle. And it would do all of us a lot of good if we just stopped fighting this fact and accepted it.


Author Bio: Arpita is an SEO expert providing her services to one of the most highly acclaimed software studios- Matellio LLC. Her passion resides in sharing knowledge with the world and grow by keeping abreast of the latest industry facets. She has crafted some well-crafted and incredibly informative write-ups that have received great commendation from her readers.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Choosing the right data entry software for your enterprise

Today, everyone knows (or they should) that utilizing on brand new, state of the art software solutions can help all businesses improve their efficiency, operate more smoothly, and be able to compete better in their markets. Current business markets need fast, flexible, and adjustable organizations that can utilize modern tools to be able to keep up with the pace.
This is why data entry software solutions are very important as well. However, there are so many solutions available that it can be difficult to analyze them and choose the perfect one for your business needs. Finding the right tool can give your business many advantages but it’s not that easy to find what you need.
This is what we will talk about here, and we’ll try to give you a couple of tips that can help you in your search.

Determine your information processing requirements

Simply put, the first thing you need to know is what amount of data will your business work with on a daily basis and this is how you will be able to understand if you need a simple spreadsheet tool, a word processing tool, or your business needs imaging or database entry software.
It is also important to consider the source of your data, as questionnaires have different requirements and cataloging values, while text searches have their own requirements. If you plan on using your tool for smaller questionnaires, you will be able to suit your needs with a basic spreadsheet program.  
More complex information sources require a full data entry software solution. If you need to take information from various paper forms, getting imaging software is necessary for scanning and displaying paper forms so that you can fill your database.

Mobile, offline or cloud

There are programs that work great on tablets, mobile devices, and mobile apps. On the other hand, there are programs which are great for managing data offline or online. You can also find cloud-based solutions some of which convert documents while others come with advanced duplicate tech.
You need to determine your data management needs before you can choose between these programs. If your organization handles a lot of files and clients remotely, going for a cloud-based solution that has mobile app capabilities is the way to go. If you handle your clients internally within your IT infrastructure, maybe you should look for an in-house solution.
Organizations such as hospitals that have both computer and paper files may look for strong in-house solutions that can handle a large volume of files which need to be transferred from different mediums.

Consider security

It is important that you find solutions that will keep your data safe at all times. When looking for the right software solution, make sure that you inquire about security and whether the software is updated frequently.
This is especially important for cloud-based and online software solutions, as a lot of information will be stored or simply go through the online environment. This means that there is a greater risk of someone stealing it or misusing it. Make sure that proper security measures are in place and that the program is updated often, with new layers of protection.  
These are the important things you need to consider when opting for data entry software. Take your time and perform thorough research before choosing a tool to make sure that you get the right solution that you can utilize on for a long time.

Still, if you think that this is too much work, there is an alternative: outsourcing data processes and letting someone else handle this for you. This can be a good alternative if you have no experience or knowledge in this field.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

How to recover recently deleted videos from my CF Card

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!My wife is going to kill me, I deleted my wedding videos by mistake!




She told me to store the information in the cloud, by I forgot to do it. She is going to kill me:

There is no recycle bin in the memory card. I reviewed all the instructions and there is no way to recover deleted photos.

After Googling a lot, I found a pretty nice software that I think it can save my life and my marriage.

The name of this software is CFCARDRECOVERY:


The URL is the following:

You can download a version for Windows or Mac. You will need a machine with any of these operative systems. This software can be installed in multiple languages:



The installer is small. It takes 3.8 MB and the installation is a simple wizard:



By default, it is installed in the Program Files, but you can chose the location:


You can select a folder or use a default folder that will be created during installation:

It is also possible to create a shorcut:


Once selected the options, press the Install button:
 You will be able to see the shortcut in desktop. Double click the shortcut:

The UI is pretty simple. You have options to scan the files to recover:


It can recover, pdf files, word files, outlook files, rar, files, images and videos:

You can recover 3GPP Videos, 3GPP2, AVI, MP4, MPEG, Quick Time, SONY AVCHD, ASF, WMV files, RealVideo and more:

The software is available in multiple languages like English, Spanish, Czech, German, Rusian, Swedish and more:
In order to start, use your CF Card:

 Insert your CF Memory Card in your computer:



Select your drive with the CF Card Memory, Search for Video and press Start Scan:

After some minutes, you will be able to see the videos:

In options, you can see or change the path of the recovered files:



If you go to the path defined in options, you will be able to see the videos:




The software will detect the video and you will be able to recover the information. In my case, my wife never noticed that I deleted my wedding videos by mistake and I lived hapily ever after.

Conclusion
If you have a camera, an iPhone, Android with a memory card, it is now possible to recover the information using CFCardRecovery
This tool is very simple to install and use and you can recover multiple file types with few clicks.








Tuesday, October 31, 2017

5 tools you need in your kit before software launch




New software is launched on a regular basis; however, not all of them manage to gain traction. Only few are a smashing success, while the rest are soon forgotten. According to Booz & Company, 66% of new products fail within two years and 96% of innovations do not give any return on investment, Doblin Group says. When it comes to software, it is not only about how great the idea is, it is also about how you communicate your idea to your potential customers. Hence, it is imperative that you work on your launch strategy. The good news is that there are a lot of tools out there that can take the burden off your shoulders and make the launch process seamless.

Here are five useful tools that you can leverage before launching your software:

1. Submit.co

If you want your brand to stand out and come under the limelight, you need media coverage for your new product. People will only take interest in your software if they know about it. Submit.co is just the right tool for the purpose. The site has an entire list of all tech-related sites that can help you tell your story to the world. The best part is that it has categorized all the sites according to the number of Twitter followers. Sites with the highest number of followers include Huffingtonpost, and techcrunch. Apart from that, it also shows you Alexa rank of each site and categories for which each site is popular for. For example, Zdnet.com is popular for gaming and kids’ category. Sites are also categorized according to the regions.

Submit.co, however, is just a stepping stone for your coverage. It gives you a direction; you need to contact individual site yourself to get your story out there. 

2. Betalist

Imagine going through the entire process of launch only to find out that your software has glitches and bugs, which are hindering its adoption. Betalist saves you from all that hassle. The platform allows you to test your software before launching it for a wider audience. The platform has early adopters who test your product and give you early feedback.

To get featured on Beta list, your software should not have substantial coverage and should be submitted pre-launch. Plus, your website should have custom-designed landing page, which describes the software and the way people can sign up for it. If you qualify, it will take around two months to get featured. Depending upon the number of tweets your software receives and the engagement you are able to generate, you can get featured in the Trending Startups section on the homepage.

Betalist can give you an immediate boost in awareness as it gets more than 70,000 views per week and the newsletter has more than 10,000 subscribers. On an average, products get 300 clicks per week, but this number will depend upon your product.

3. Accelq

Accelq is acloud-based testing software which allows you to deliver high-quality software. The tool ensures that quality is maintained throughout the development process. It conducts test at every stage of development. Its best feature is change bots, which keep your tests updated and keeps you away from the hassle of maintaining your software manually. The tool provides you with actionable reports that allow you to make informed decisions. The company claims that you can cut down your maintenance cost by 70% and accelerate the process by three times. Since the efficiency of the quality assurance team multiplies with accelq, you can reduce time-to-market of your software without compromising on quality.

Accelq comes with various pricing plans. The basic version costs $100 per month and is mostly suitable for business managers. The all-inclusive plan costs $250 per month and is ideal for automation testers, quality assurance team and developers. On the cloud, however, the software costs a bit more; the basic version is around $150 per month while the all-inclusive plan costs $300/month.

4. Active Campaign

Active Campaign takes entire responsibility of marketing your software by automating the whole process. Through this tool, you can add subscription form on your website and once you have collected data, you can segment it based on users’ interests and activity and send them targeted campaigns. You can also create interesting newsletters and email campaigns directly from the platform using the free templates.

Moreover, the tool also allows you to manage the entire customer lifecycle. You can automate follow-ups for leads to convert them into users and ultimately advocates for your software. Active Campaign comes with a number of pricing plans. Its basic plan ‘lite’ costs around $23 per month and can be used by maximum 3 users. The basic version, however, comes with limited features. The Enterprise version is the most expensive one at $229 per month. However, it supports unlimited users and comes with some extra features such as free design services, free social data and custom mail server domain. 

5. Maitre

This easy-to-use tool allows you to generate curiosity before the launch. All you need to do is build a custom widget and put it up on your website’s homepage. The widget is basically a waiting list plus a referral system. Customers are rewarded if they get their friends to sign up as well. Some incentives can include coupons. You can choose when your subscribers can receive the coupons. For example, someone can get a 20% discount on inviting 5 friends. It will also show you how many coupons have been sent and when. The best part is that the entire process is automated; Maitre sends automatic emails to subscribers based on their activity. The company claims that campaigns with automated emails generate 40% more referrals and engagement. According to Jake Bronstein, the founder of Whistler Wash, it took them only 10 minutes to customize the widget and they were able to generate 15,000 sign ups with 800 kickstarter backers.

The tools mentioned above can make your life easier by streamlining the entire launch process. The choice of tools, however, largely depends upon the type of software being launched. Hence, before making any payments, clearly define the objectives you want to achieve.


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AlyciaGordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hotspot software to administer your Wi-Fi


Introduction

Do you have a restaurant, Hotel, Pub or any other public area with Wi-Fi ?
Do you need to control the Wi-Fi access for your users?

Now it is possible to do it with Antamedia Hotspot Software.


After testing several different applications for Wi-Fi Hotspot, now I can say that Antamedia Hotspot Software is the best.

Why?

Here you have some of the main features:
  • Very easy to install
  • Easy to learn and configure
  • Great performance
  • Support for customer surveys
  • Few hardware requirements
  • Integrated with TripAdvisor and Yelp
  • You have different login options
  • Integrated with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google and VK. 
  • Cool themes
  • Paypal support
  • Automatic marketing emails
  • Easy to configure internet plans per location
  • Can be integrated with Oracle Suite PMS 
  • Cloud integration (Ruktus, DDWRT, etc)


You can use this software to create a gateway to provide internet to other devices and it is very easy to control the time that it is used, the bandwidth, URLs allowed, etc.


Installation

This software provides thousands of options to administer the HotSpot service and it is very easy to install.

It takes just a couple of minutes or less to install it. It does not require an expensive Server to install it. You can for example install HotSpot in a Server with 2 GHz processor.
It supports almost any Microsoft Windows edition including 32 and 64 bits (Windows 2003, 2008 and 2012, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10).


  



Install this software is fast and very intuitive. It does not require to be an IT expert in networking to have this software ready.

Getting started

Once it is installed, you have 3 roles configured (Administrator, Operator and Manager).
After installed, you need to configure the software. With other HotSpot applications, it is really hard to configure the network. In many cases, I rejected the software solution because it was really hard to learn and understand.

This is not the case with HotsPot Software because the configuration is simple and it offers the autoconfigure which is extremely useful to non-experienced administrators.  With HotSpot Software, you can easily configure the most important settings in few minutes with few clicks.


 

  
I really loved not only all the settings available, but also, how you can easily configure all of them.
You can easily configure DHCP and exclude IPs, block the IP or block by MAC address. It includes Speed Boost that allows to increase or decrease the internet speed according to a schedule configured. For example, you can configure an IP to navigate from 8 to 12 AM or only at night or only on weekend or working days.

 
  
It is also possible to create invoices for the internet used. The customer does not require additional software to use this Hotspot service. You can login with a login and password or using a code provided by the service.
  
Another interesting feature was the option to configure the way that the customer connects to HotSpot software. There are several options starting from a login page. You have 12 options inside the login page like an alphanumerical ticket, a login and password, the hotel room number, customer email, the room number plus the phone number, etc.
It is also possible to provide free access, but with different options like a shared keyword, free access by just accepting the terms of use or even by using social network accounts.

 



It is also possible to change the theme of the home page for the customer according to defined rules. For example, according the Wi-Fi location or the name of the location according to the days and hours.
 

    
The user can get the user information by setting surveys and it also includes several templates for surveys or if you prefer, you can create your own customized surveys. The user can review the surveys using date filters, account filters, location filters and these surveys can be linked to TripAdvisor.
Another interesting feature is that you can create free accounts, paid accounts, pre-paid accounts, recharge credit to accounts already created and these accounts can be linked to different plans. For example, you can limit the internet speed, time, navigation quotes, expiration dates, etc.

  

You can easily administer the time navigating or set a quota to limit the GB to navigate or enable or disable users:


It is also possible to create usage reports:



     
Conclusion
It is really hard to explain all the features that Hotspot Softwawre de Antamedia includes. It may require a book for it. However, I am sure that this software accomplishes most of the common requirements for IT administrators because HotSpot is easy to install.

The software is flexible, it offers a great number of features and configurations to customize according to your needs. That is why I am sure that it is one of the best HotSpot options (if it is not the best).