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How The Education Sector Modifies To The New Normal?




As coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, people are thinking of when everything will return to normalcy. Everyone is willing to get back to their workplace since work from home is nothing less than a struggle. Similarly, children can’t wait to go back to school either because who likes studying without friends?

“Epidemiologists suggest people will have to adopt the new normal since Covid-19 is not going anytime soon. Are you wondering how it would be?”

Undoubtfully, it will involve higher levels of health precautions to eliminate the threat of contracting the virus. Digital technology will play a vital role in ensuring the smooth functioning of banking, business, health, and especially the education sector. After all, none of the countries can afford the loss of education since the economy needs to dig itself out of recession.

Therefore, schools, colleges, and universities are crawling towards virtual infrastructures. In regions where the threat of viruses is minimal are opening schools with safety protocols. Thus, sooner or later, everyone will have to adapt to this change, and the education sector has already plunged into it. Look below to see how the education sector modifies to the new normal.

1. Online Classes

Every educational institute is bringing forward technical infrastructures that support some form of virtual learning. Online learning is being pushed deeper as the ultimate solution, addressing the challenges of this industry during this pandemic. Instructors are using videoconferencing to foster face-to-face communication with students, along with some other learning management systems.

Hence, the concept of online learning is growing extensively. Universities are offering online degree programs with the same credentials. Likewise, you can take online classes for high school credit, allowing you to graduate timely. Most of the schools are doing this flawlessly, while some teachers are still learning the ropes. However, this new normal is solely dependent on technological tools that are not accessible to everyone.

2. External Partnerships

The pandemic is highlighting an education gap since everyone is not privileged enough to have iPads and laptops. Likewise, not every teacher is tech-savvy, especially high-qualified senior professors. Surprisingly, educationalists are addressing these concerns. In this new normal, they build a healthier home and school relationships to facilitate robust and consistent communication.

Schools are teaching parents how to navigate the learning environment and guide children with online classes. This idea is also expanding in local communities to help other institutions enforce effective educational programs. With these partnerships, it will become easier for everyone to cope in these uncertain times without sacrificing education.

3. Virtual Assessments

In this pandemic, students are going through a tough time with a lot of mental pressure. Hence, educational institutes are reviewing exams and assessments, allowing everyone to adjust to the new normal. They are making students accountable for learning while also supporting and encouraging them by offering flexibility. It lets students finish their assignments when they are ready and capable of doing it.

Teachers are imposing strict deadlines, but if someone is unable to meet them – they are also offering leverage to students. Likewise, the grading based on how much students have learned in these uncertain times rather than only considering results. The focus on mastery of learning and adaptation of grades that indicate knowledge is likely to make education more meaningful. Thus, the grades given will project fairness, compassion, and flexibility.

4. Prioritizing On Flexibility and Empathy

The current pandemic came like a surprise to everyone, leaving people clueless on how to deal with it. Educators and teachers are trying to develop skills that can help students thrive without pressurizing them.

Unsurprisingly, there is a need for flexibility, empathy, and adaptability. Teachers are likely to develop these skills through life experiences and encourage students to do the same. Now, students will receive more opportunities to practice and establish skills beyond the classroom walls.

“Educationists focus on growth mindset, appreciation of mistakes, and resilience as these are the most crucial life lessons in this pandemic.”

After all, teaching them to empathize with others can help make the new normal bearable and effortless on society.

5. Social DIstancing and Face Coverings

Fortunately, some regions and cities have been prosperous in reducing the threat of Covid-19. As a result, they are resuming with life by opening schools but with all safety protocols. Honestly, parents were having a tough time managing their children’s learning routine, assisting them with homework, and classwork. Those who didn’t have digital tools were already lagging.

However, schools are no longer the same. They are divided into two shifts to practice social distancing. Half of the students take classes in the morning, while others in the evening. They can no longer sit with their friends since distance should maintain at all times. Likewise, students can’t enter the school without a mask and gloves. In the coming months, all schools reopening will have to adapt to this new normal.

Final Thoughts

The new normal focuses on learning but without compromising on safety protocols. Pushing online learning is quite an incredible concept because students are learning from the comfort of their homes. It works perfectly if education systems adopt efficient platforms and policies that reduce teacher’s burdens and keep their morale up. All this is likely to continue for several years, so the earlier you get used to it, the better!

Also, Read Challenges Public School Education Faces Today



Disney Joins Global Facebook Boycott




You might have missed it in the news, but during recent weeks and months, there’s been a global protest movement happening with respect to Facebook and advertising revenue. A loosely-aligned alliance of some of the biggest and most respected brands and businesses on the planet has taken the decision to either temporarily or permanently stop spending money on Facebook’s advertising platforms in protest against what they feel is a lack of action against hate speech on the social media platform. After weeks of sitting on the fence, Disney has now joined the ranks of the protesters – and that could have significant implications for Facebook.

Disney joins Facebook advertising boycott

The boycott has been going on since early June and is thought to have cost Mark Zuckerberg’s company several million dollars thus far, but if the Facebook CEO was worried about it, he wasn’t in the mood to show that concern to investors or the media. As recently as the beginning of July, he dismissed the protest and stated his belief that the companies “would be back soon,” which he may live to regret. His perceived arrogance about the situation only appears to have increased the determination of the protesters to be heard, and as July draws to a close, he’s now looking at a bigger hole in his advertising revenue figures than he was when the month began. 

Businesses and companies from almost every major industry are involved in the protest, including Cola-Cola, Starbucks, Microsoft, Target, and Unilever. Without the combined funds that each of those companies spent with Facebook on a weekly basis, there was always likely to be a tangible difference to Facebook’s revenue picture, but Disney poses a unique problem to Zuckerberg’s stance on the matter. As the world’s largest entertainment company, they’re not just another advertising client. Until they made the decision to cut their funding, they were the single biggest client Facebook dealt with. Disney deciding to join in with the boycott means that Zuckerberg has lost his biggest customer. In almost any other business, losing your biggest customer would be a trigger to stand down or resign. There’s no sign that Zuckerberg is likely to do that just yet, but he may finally have to re-examine his reluctance to change the company’s policies on policing content posted by users.

There might be more than one reason that Disney has decided to sever advertising ties with Facebook temporarily. While the company has always been child-focused, in recent years, we’ve seen Disney take significant steps away from most forms of adult content. One such example is the range of Marvel online slots that used to be available at online slots websites such as Rose Slots, all of which have been pulled. Facebook has semi-recently become involved with the online slots industry itself, having developed an in-house slots page. Those in charge of Disney clearly don’t wish to be associated with online slots even if the figures tell them that they can make money from doing so, and so the combination of a perceived hate-speech problem coupled with a new online slots service might have been the final straw as far as Disney’s decision-makers are concerned. 

It’s understood that Disney’s withdrawal goes for Instagram as well as the main Facebook website, and will also result in the removal of adverts for Hulu as well as Disney Plus and other core Disney products. It’s thought that some Disney products and services will still be advertised, but at a far lower spending rate than Facebook has become accustomed to receiving from the company. That will negatively impact Facebook’s earnings projections for the remainder of the year, and that can only be deemed as bad news for the company’s shareholders. There has already been more than one half-hearted attempt to remove Zuckerberg from his position by irritated Facebook shareholders. Should the value of those shares now drop dramatically, it’s likely that calls for the founder’s head will resume. Zuckerberg has thus far managed to cling on to full control of his company throughout every negative publicity storm it’s endured in recent years. Only he and his shareholders know whether this will be a case of one time too many.

Statistics that have been made available by the Wall Street Journal show that Disney spent in excess of two hundred million dollars on advertising through Facebook during the first six months of 2020. The combined income that Facebook made from advertising during that period was several billion dollars, but there are now more than one thousand companies – large and small – involved in the boycott. No single one of them would be capable of causing harm to a company of Facebook’s means by stopping their spend, but the cumulative effect of so many – and especially so many large companies – has to be significant. No business in the world would easily be able to shake off the sudden loss of two hundred million dollars, and the unexpected announcement will likely send shockwaves through Facebook’s head office. While Facebook claims to be making progress on social issues and hate speech, an independent team of auditors appointed by the company completed a report on July 8th and returned a damning verdict. According to the auditors, Facebook has not only failed to take action on hate speech but has also taken decisions that have allowed incidents of hate speech to occur and to go unchecked. Facebook promised to take the feedback on board and make changes, but the findings of the report have only served to amplify the concerns that many companies already have about who is allowed to post on Facebook, and what they’re allowed to say and do with that platform. While Zuckerberg has repeatedly reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that everybody has a right to freedom of speech on his platform, there comes the point where free speech becomes hate speech – and becomes a crime in the process. If the auditors are correct, Facebook is yet to come up with a consistent way of defining where that line is.


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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 1)





OpenAI’s Latest Breakthrough Is Astonishingly Powerful, But Still Fighting Its Flaws
James Vincent | The Verge
“What makes GPT-3 amazing, they say, is not that it can tell you that the capital of Paraguay is Asunción (it is) or that 466 times 23.5 is 10,987 (it’s not), but that it’s capable of answering both questions and many more beside simply because it was trained on more data for longer than other programs. If there’s one thing we know that the world is creating more and more of, it’s data and computing power, which means GPT-3’s descendants are only going to get more clever.”


I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.
Kashmir Hill | The New York Times
“Critics of the big tech companies are often told, ‘If you don’t like the company, don’t use its products.’ My takeaway from the experiment was that it’s not possible to do that. It’s not just the products and services branded with the big tech giant’s name. It’s that these companies control a thicket of more obscure products and services that are hard to untangle from tools we rely on for everything we do, from work to getting from point A to point B.”


Meet the Engineer Who Let a Robot Barber Shave Him With a Straight Razor
Luke Dormehl | Digital Trends
“No, it’s not some kind of lockdown-induced barber startup or a Jackass-style stunt. Instead, Whitney, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at Northeastern University School of Engineering, was interested in straight-razor shaving as a microcosm for some of the big challenges that robots have faced in the past (such as their jerky, robotic movement) and how they can now be solved.”


Can Trees Live Forever? New Kindling in an Immortal Debate
Cara Giaimo | The New York Times
“Even if a scientist dedicated her whole career to very old trees, she would be able to follow her research subjects for only a small percentage of their lives. And a long enough multigenerational study might see its own methods go obsolete. For these reasons, Dr. Munné-Bosch thinks we will never prove’ whether long-lived trees experience senescence…”


There’s No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe
Caitlin Harrington | Wired
“…technology has a way of creating new consequences for old decisions. Today, some 30 million people have taken consumer DNA tests, a threshold experts have called a tipping point. People conceived through donor insemination are matching with half-siblings, tracking down their donors, forming networks and advocacy organizations.”


The Problems AI Has Today Go Back Centuries
Karen Hao | MIT Techology Review
“In 2018, just as the AI field was beginning to reckon with problems like algorithmic discrimination, [Shakir Mohamed, a South African AI researcher at DeepMind], penned a blog post with his initial thoughts. In it he called on researchers to ‘decolonise artificial intelligence’—to reorient the field’s work away from Western hubs like Silicon Valley and engage new voices, cultures, and ideas for guiding the technology’s development.”


AI-Generated Text Is the Scariest Deepfake of All
Renee DiResta | Wired
“In the future, deepfake videos and audiofakes may well be used to create distinct, sensational moments that commandeer a press cycle, or to distract from some other, more organic scandal. But undetectable textfakes—masked as regular chatter on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and the like—have the potential to be far more subtle, far more prevalent, and far more sinister.”

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8 Ways How AI is Transforming the Sports Industry?




The advent of technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence has turned our lives upside-down. By making machines behave, think, and act like human begins, artificial intelligence is changing the face of every industry, including sports. AI is bringing a radical transformation in sports like football/soccer, formula 1, and many others.

The technology is being used for strategizing, training, advertising, broadcasting, and various other purposes. Curious to know more? You are in the right place. Here, in this article, we have provided eight ways AI is revolutionizing the world of sports.

8 roles of artificial intelligence in the sports world

  1. Recruiting players
  2. Monitoring health, fitness, and safety
  3. Examining workout and training
  4. Designing practice and performance improvement programs
  5. For better fan engagement
  6. Improving advertising
  7. For accurate referring
  8. Enabling automated journalism

Let’s read them in detail:

Recruiting players

Artificial intelligence can be used in the sports industry to examine the performance of potential recruits. Various devices built with the power of artificial intelligence, big data, and machine learning can also assist in keeping a record of a player’s performance and previous data (passes made, runs, goals, scored, etc.) before deciding to invest into him/her.

Monitoring health, fitness, and safety

AI in Fitness app

The predictive and diagnostic capabilities of artificial intelligence can be used to maintain the health, fitness, and safety of players. AI, now a part of medical kits, can help to evaluate the fitness of a player and also assist in diagnosing various physical and mental diseases at an early stage.

Wearables powered by artificial intelligence can be used to track the movements of players and observe other physical parameters. These devices can also look into cardiovascular and musculoskeletal issues.

Training and coaching

AI can be used to analyze the past and existing training and coaching programs to create the ones that deliver exceptional results. For instance, an AI-powered wearable device developed by PIQ and Everlast helps in understanding how successful a training or workout program is. The device is specially built for combat sports, such as boxing and martial arts, captures and evaluates minor variations in the actions of the player.

Artificial intelligence can also help coaches to improve the performance of players by looking into the position & motion of the players, observing various metrics such as spin and speed. By using this technology, coaches can make better decisions for matches.

Designing practice and performance improvement programs

AI, along with sensor technology, can help in improving the techniques of players. Moreover, it can also offer real-time feedback about the performance of a player. The technology can also play a significant role in creating personalized training and performance improvement programs so that every exercise can be used to its full effectiveness.

For better fan engagement

AI-based chatbots and virtual assistants can help players engage with their fans and provide required information about a sport. Additionally, such chatbots can also assist fans or viewers of a sport in knowing their ticket status, find the checking point, know the match schedule, or make queries regarding a particular tournament. Providing the required information at the click of a mouse helps in delivering unmatched customer experience.

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Improving advertising opportunities

Artificial intelligence can identify the best moments of the game by monitoring a player’s emotions, actions, and expressions. It can also recognize the language of the commentator to find out the most thrilling moments or highlights of the game. Moreover, the technology can also offer subtitles for a live event to make it understandable for the mass viewers.

By looking into this insight, advertisers can decide the time of their advertisements to grab the attention of their audiences. AI can also help in sports marketing by recognizing the best camera angles for a match. In addition, the technology has the potential to provide valuable information (by examining the previous statistics) to the commentators, so that they can improve live commentary.

Two renowned firms, Opta and Grabyo, have joined hands to create, handle, and publish real-time video clips for the fans at a particular match.

For accurate referring

Referring is one of the most important advantages AI leverages to the sports, mainly cricket. The well-renowned hawk-eye technology utilizes artificial intelligence to determine if the player is out or not in case of the leg before wicket appeal. The technology helps referees to make the game rule-abiding and fair.

Decision Review System (DRS) and Video Assistant Referee (VAR) that utilizes slow-motion replays are the two other examples of how this technology is transforming the world of sports.

Enabling automated journalism

Automated journalism is still a fantasy, however, the way AI and ML are developing, it could soon be a reality. The development of such a system will change the way of sports broadcasting. Just imagine, a machine powered by AI and ML preparing reports on a particular match or sports. Isn’t it exciting?

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As of now, artificial intelligence is being used to create the videos of a match’s or event’s highlights. This task, if done manually, can eat up a lot of time and require a great deal of effort. By using an AI-based system for identifying the best moments from a match, the media can reduce their time to market.

For instance- An AI-powered solution, WordSmith, developed by Automated Insights, can quickly process the sporting events’ data to generate brief descriptions and stories automatically. Moreover, it can also recognize the language, grammar rules, and writing style required for creating the story.

Final Words

Artificial intelligence indeed is a game-changer in the field of sports. The technology helps coaches to improve their players’ performance by analyzing the data collected from wearable and other sources. Besides this, there are many other roles AI can play to revolutionize the sports world. Go through this article to dig deeper into how AI can impact this domain. In case if you are keen to use this technology in any sports application, then reach out to a reliable and experienced AI development company or hire AI developers. Since there are many companies offering AI development services, you need to find the one that offers the worth of your money without compromising the quality.

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