August 3, 2018: Friday News Roundup

Happy Friday, everyone! We’re hoping all the Udemy LIVE attendees from last weekend have made it home safely and are busily applying what they learned. We learned a lot too! Today’s roundup might teach you a thing or two as well.

4 Billion New Minds Online: The Coming Era of Connectivity
Just stop a minute to let that number sink in. Then read on for one futurist’s take on how networks will continue to grow to accommodate so many users. It will involve 5G connection speeds (“the core of tomorrow’s trillion-sensor economy”), balloons hovering above the ground in “an aerial wireless network,” and thousands of satellites “delivering a constant stream of broadband to the most remote corners of the globe.”

A Robot Hand Is A Breakthrough For More Capable AI
Engineers continue to devise robots that can more closely replicate human movement, in this case a hand that can “flip a cube into specific positions.” Sounds like no big deal to you and me, but it’s an important achievement for the algorithm behind the robot hand, which was originally used to train AI in gameplay.

Employers Eager to Hire Try a New Policy: ‘No Experience Necessary’
Unemployment is at a historic low in the U.S., and companies are having trouble finding qualified candidates to fill job openings. That’s prompting some to revisit their job requirements. As this article points out, this shift is a boon to people like self-taught programmers, who once needed a computer science degree to get hired. Go get those skills!

How to Stop Saying “Um,” “Ah,” and “You Know”
It can be pretty excruciating to listen to a speaker who stumbles over their words constantly. It’s also rather painful if you’re the one speaking. We tend to deploy “filler words” when we’re nervous, distracted, or just not sure what to say next. This article examines how fillers “jeopardize a speaker’s impact and how we can eliminate them from our vocabularies.”

1930s: Open-Air Schools
We close out the roundup with something a little different today: a blast from the past, rather than a peek into the future. In the early 20th century, England introduced open-air schools to combat tuberculosis. The students braved the elements no matter the weather, even in the dead of winter when ink froze solid. Sure makes learning online from the comfort of home seem pretty nice!