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While you might feel like you’ve conceived the greatest idea for an invention in the world, the fact is, it’s easy to come up with product ideas. In fact, Steve Jobs used to say that ideas themselves hold very little value. Everyone has ideas and we create them at an immeasurable pace as a species because we can’t help but think about the possibilities and what ifs.
Often, it is our inquisitive and innovative nature that sparks the inspiration of a product idea while you’re having lunch or walking the dog. The bottom line is that product ideas are nothing without professional design, engineering, and manufacturing services.
Artificial intelligence can already outperform human design
So, you’ve decided you’re going to hire a team of product designers to help you make your idea a reality? That’s an understandable course of action in today’s tech climate, but fast forward a decade from now and you might just have a desktop software that does it all for you based on a set of parameters which you can provide and adjust to your likings.
There is already targeted, design-oriented AI software that can test millions of different design possibilities and determine an ideal design based on your supplied criteria. While some companies have already used this kind of intuitive AI to design highly aerodynamic drones, it can be used for something as simple as determining which type of single-side-PCB would be the best fit for your device prototype.
Testing possibilities at a naturally impossible rate
So, how can a machine possibly design something on its own? Well, this kind of AI works by first assembling a core design based around data related to existing alternative products. So, building upon the previous example, if you were developing a drone then your starting point would be a composite mix of all the current drones on the market.
That’s usually a decent starting point, but then from there the software can test the design on various simulations to determine optimal values for attributes like speed, efficiency, aerodynamics, weight, and shape. There are existing intuitive AIs that can perform millions of these tests and continually refine the design based on test feedback during the time it would take a team of humans to test one or two design possibilities using the conventional prototype-building approach.
The potential rate of advancement is frightening
In closing, it’s important to consider the ramifications that this kind of problem-solving computing could have for society in the near future. While it’s true that the most immediate effects will be beneficial in that we will enjoy more optimally designed products from narrow AIs that are trained to perform specific tasks, that would only be a speck at the beginning of a general AI’s learning potential.
If you combined the efforts of many computers into a single general AI that’s capable of unguided intelligent thought, you could have thousands of years of human progress completed in a matter of weeks. In a situation like that, we’d be dealing with an entity that would be far beyond our own understanding, which would undoubtedly have the knowledge and robotic ability to create new forms of biological life or create profoundly positive or negativity events for existing life forms, like the humans who haphazardly created it.
Learning a new language is never easy but the internet has utterly revolutionized this process by adding in a host of useful tools and putting them at your fingertips. Today, rather than focusing on the age-old traditional tips on how to learn a language (the kind you can find in dusty tomes at your local library), we are going to focus on how you can get a jump start on the language learners of yesteryear by tapping into the myriad of language resources available online.
How each language presents its own challenges
While many languages share a common ancestry, each one is unique and consequently presents their own unique set of challenges. For instance, English speakers may find languages like Spanish and French challenging but accessible thanks to their similarities in structure, however, other languages such as Arabic and Korean are notoriously difficult due to the fact that their makeup is comparatively ‘alien’. Luckily, not only can the internet offer you a great many resources to learn a language, but it can also help you tailor your learning to meet the challenges of a specific language. For instance, you can find many resources where you can find Korean torrents with audio and grammar exercise to help you engage with the quirks of this language. So, without further ado, here are our top 5 tips of learning a language online.
Get an app
If you’ve been learning a language for a while you probably know this trick already. If you don’t, then strap in for a whole new way to engage with languages. The most well-known language app is probably Duo Lingo. This was one of the first to combine the magic formulas of gaming and learning together to create an engaging experience, unlike anything that had gone before it.
Since then there has been an explosion of great apps that can help you learn in a way that doesn’t feel like a chore. Duo lingo has over 20 languages including German, Irish and even Klingon if you’re interested! For those looking to overcome a language that is really challenging for them, you can find apps tailored to specific languages such as Dongsa, which is designed to help a user learn the many conjugations of Korean verbs.
Use video and audio online to develop an ear
One of the greatest challenges historically for those trying to learn a language from afar is getting the pronunciation right just from written information. Nowadays you can overcome this problem entirely thanks to the myriad of video and audio available online.
Useful resources include the likes of websites such as FilmOn, which hosts television stations in a multitude of languages and http://www.sbs.co.kr/, which allows you to access torrents of Korean news for free. There is also language software, such as FluentU, that will take videos and content you know and love and convert them into a language lesson for you. This is a good way to make language learning a more engaging experience.
Download exercises and course material online for free
While it is good to take charge of your own learning and create lessons out of your daily media consumption, it is still a good idea to take advantage of the expertise of teachers and language experts to get to your goal. Thankfully, you can now access virtual teachers for next to nothing.
There is a huge amount of free teaching exercises and even entire courses available online if you do a little digging. For instance, if you are looking to master Korean, there is https://www.koreanfromzero.com, which offers an entire teaching course in PDF form, or the famous and now award-winning https://talktomeinkorean.com, which offers a breathtaking amount of teaching material for free with explanations in English and presenters who offer some entertaining conversation.
Chat regularly with native speakers and other learners
Not only can you torrent the sounds and speakers of another language into your home via video and other media, but you can also engage with native speakers directly thanks to tools such as Skype and Google hangouts. The first step is the find a language exchange partner.
Websites such as italki.com are a great way to do this. This is a sort of forum or chatroom for those in the market for an Intercambio. They also allow you to filter according to a number of factors such as age and hobbies, meaning you can find a like-minded person to help make what can be a scary experience (I.e. talking to a native speaker for the first time) a little less so. Once you have your partner, set up a date via Skype etc. and away you go!
Learn to read
It may sound like a tip from an 18th-century school teacher but learning to read a new language is still a central aspect of the process and you can now find an unlimited amount of engaging reading material in your chosen language online. For instance, Newspapermap.com offers access for free to newspapers from around the world. Not only is this a great way to learn things like sentence structure, but it also offers an opportunity for a little cultural background research that will surely come in handy whenever you finally touch down on your language’s country of origin.