September 23, 2016: Friday news roundup

Happy day-after-the-autumnal-equinox! Is it feeling like fall where you are? Perhaps the new season puts you in a mood to turn over a new leaf in your career, in which case you should check out Udemy’s job openings. Meanwhile, thought-provoking articles are always in season around here, so let’s get to it.

Computer science class fails to notice their TA was actually an AI chatbot
At Georgia Tech, a professor created a bot to serve as a teaching assistant in his computer science classes. It was an experiment born out of necessity: his real TAs were overextended. Turns out “Jill” did a great job and the professor will be using more bots in the future. I wonder if English majors would have realized they were dealing with AI…

The surprising quality you need to be successful as a woman in a male industry
With a long background in financial services, including serving as a CEO of Merrill Lynch and Citi, Sallie Krawcheck knows a thing or two about being the only woman in the room. She founded and now leads an investment company focused on a female clientele. So, what was the must-have trait that helped her rise through the ranks on Wall Street? It’s a good one.

We need a better way to visualize people’s skills
Is the résumé overdue for a revamp? This writer puts forth an interesting idea: building profiles that illustrate candidates’ competencies in a variety of areas over time. The objective is to show “precisely what people can do,” in the same way the GitHub grid displays developers’ contributions and projects.

There’s a powerful hack to remember something you’ve just learned
Turns out exercising your body (at the right time) can help your mind achieve peak performance too. This finding came out of a very small study, and more research is needed to understand the phenomenon better. Still, it aligns with more established science showing physical fitness and cognitive health are closely connected.

Facebook, Google, other tech giants answer Obama’s refugee plea
We are thrilled and honored to be included with some of tech’s leading innovators in working to improve the lives and conditions of refugees around the world. As this article points out, the UN estimates that in 2015 alone, conflicts and persecution “forcibly displaced” 65.3 million people worldwide, the biggest forced displacement since World War II. The UN has classified 21.3 million of them as refugees. Udemy is doing our part by enlisting refugees to be instructors and create courses in their areas of expertise, which will let them earn legal income.