This extraordinary AI has stunned computer scientists with its writing ability

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The GPT-3 program can write articles, produce code, and compose poetry. Seven years ago, my student and I at Penn State built a bot to write a Wikipedia article on Bengali Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s play “ Chitra .” First it culled information about “Chitra” from the internet. Then it looked at existing Wikipedia entries to learn the structure for a standard Wikipedia article. Finally, it summarized the information it had retrieved from the internet to write and publish the first version of the entry. Read Full Story

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Why requiring a résumé is ruining your chance at finding a good hire during the pandemic

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Your most savvy job hunters may not include newly developed soft skills or evidence of “micro-learning” on the typical one-pager of work experience. By September this year, 1 in 3 Americans no longer worked for the same employer they started with at the beginning of 2020. Job markets are shifting beneath our feet, people are being catapulted into completely different industries, and it’s forcing us to take a hard look at what really matters when hiring. Notably: soft skills—or the ability to hit the ground running whether you’re an amateur or a pro, an industry vet or a complete newbie. Read Full Story

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Our lack of will to expand broadband access has left millions of students disconnected during closures

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As schools close and students and teachers are forced to improvise ways to do distance learning, it’s exposing a big fault line in our society: our refusal to guarantee every household internet access. Over the course of the past two weeks, all but three states have announced a statewide closure of schools. As districts and teachers struggle to come up with viable distance learning plans, they do so knowing that their best laid plans will likely still leave approximately seven million children without the ability to “go to school” for the rest of the year. Why? Because those students don’t have broadband at home. Read Full Story

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