From Tonga to Timaru in 1972: Filipo Motulalo’s Tongan language journey

Faith in the power of language and faith in God were central to the Motulalo household. Like many other Tongan families, caught by the Pacific migration wave that washed through New Zealand in the 70s, they had ended up in Newton, a rough and ready inner-city Auckland suburb. The setting may have shocked their mother […]

University unveils new program to bolster educational development

“We could make the master’s degree for Chinese language education available to teachers like Wu until his retirement. We can encourage the school to form a research team and have a professor from our university become their mentor. An interest group can also be set up to discuss essay writing teaching methods in school, where […]

Programming languages: Julia touts its speed edge over Python and R

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Teachers Resigning Across U.S. Cite Remote Learning Frustrations, COVID-19 Concerns

“I had to consider the health of my family. I am a science teacher. We gather evidence and we make decisions. If there is competing data, we look at both and weigh them,” Kevin Fairhurst, who resigned from his teaching position at Arizona’s Queen Creek Unified School District on August 13, told Healthline. “The data […]

The Minecraft: Education Edition beta program will arrive in schools next month

Microsoft says in its blog post that the program will run in over 100 schools from 30 countries around the world. The plan is to get feedback from teachers so any issues can be ironed out before Minecraft: EE is released with an early access program in June, when it will be available in 11 […]

Programming languages: C++ jumps in popularity as Java falls away

“After 2005 it didn’t hit the 10% [mark] anymore and in 2017 it scored an all-time low of 4.55%. But if compared to last year, C++ is now the fastest growing language of the pack (+1.48%). I think that the new C++20 standard might be one of the main causes for this.”      

Microsoft’s TypeScript language: Startup reveals long journey to JavaScript spin-off

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Google Search Now Reads at a Higher Level

One illustration of BERT’s power offered up by Google is how it helped its search engine interpret the query “Parking on hill with no curb.” The current version of its search algorithm responded to that as if it referred to a hill that did have a curb. The BERT-powered version highlights a page advising drivers […]

Recipe for selling software in a pandemic: Be essential, add some machine learning, and focus, focus, focus

It should be noted that Microsoft is a customer. Prophix is used at a department level inside the Redmond giant, for individual teams to look at their numbers. That data can be rolled up to a corporate level, a practice that is common among some big companies using the software.

Opinionated and open machine learning: The nuances of using Facebook’s PyTorch

“We don’t have the ‘not invented here’ syndrome. You can take a PyTorch tensor and connect it to NumPy. It works by creating a NumPy struct in C, and then directly using a pointer on it. All you have to do is a very cheap, free almost, operation – query the C struct. In NumPy […]