Kenya POWER

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Do they qualify to trade carbon?

About 5 years ago, not sure when it exactly started, Kenya Power introduced ‘Cement’ Poles to transmit power. This was to cut down its usage of trees for poles, a guess though.

Is it working well with the new innovation? Honestly it is not. It is either the quality is compromised or someone is sleeping on the job. In a day, thousand of those poles are knocked down. Even a cow can bring it down if it kicks hard. That one aside. Do Kenya Power qualify to claim credits by cutting down the use of trees? My take is, NO!…..

First how much power is required to make one concrete pole?? (from fossil fuels.. unless they using solar power which they are not using anyway)

Secondly, compare with the number of trees along the power lines in the name of keeping it clear. I…

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On Pi Day, A Chance to Make an Impact

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By Megan Maffucci, MIT Open Learning

On March 14, math enthusiasts everywhere will take a moment to appreciate 𝛑 (pi), that irrational number equaling the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi Day (3.14) is marked annually worldwide with creative pi-themed classroom projects, nerdy baking contests, and other pi (and pie!) filled activities to recognize the importance of this elusive and never-ending number to mathematics and science.

Inspired by the power and possibility of pi, March 14 has become a significant day for MIT, giving way to two special MIT Pi Day traditions. First, it is the long-awaited day every year when MIT announces its admissions decisions for the incoming undergraduate class. It is also MIT’s annual giving day, when alumni, parents, and friends of MIT around the world come together to support the Institute during the 24 hours of Pi Day…

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DIGITAL REVOLUTION AND FAKE NEWS. HOW CAN THE SPREAD OF FAKE NEWS BE CURBED WITHOUT CURTAILING THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION?

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FAKE NEWSThe advancement and growth of the internet and social media platforms has led many people to take advantage to deceive others on various matters in our society ranging from politics, economics to social. Many people are the dupe of misinformation as a result of fake news surfacing online, rendering them misinformed and putting the Nation in an unnecessary dilemma.

Fake news is any piece of message that carries false information which is on the lookout to mislead readers or viewers. A group of Authors (Menczer, Sloman, Pennycook and Sunstein 2018) defined fake news as; fabricated information that mimics new media content in form but not in organizational process or intent; which overlaps with other information disorders, such as misinformation (false or misleading information) and disinformation (false information that is purposely spread to deceive people).

HOW CAN THE SPREAD OF FAKE NEWS BE CURBED WITHOUT CURTAILING THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

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BLOGGING AND HUMAN RIGHTS. HOW CAN BLOGGING BE USED TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF KENYANS?

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DEMOBlogging is one of the protective tools that Kenyans can utilize to protect their fundamental rights outlined in the United Nations Charter and Kenya constitution.

The word blogging is born from a ‘blog,’ which according to (Rosenberg, 2009) as was cited by (Puschmann, 2013) can be defined as; concentration of weblog/ weblog is the form of online publishing, communication, and expression that has gained significant popularity since its emergence in the late 1990s. Therefore, ‘blogging’ is a verb, which entails a process of writing a blog, a journal in which you share your thoughts about a particular subject with readers, as defined by YourDictionary.

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Human rights are rights that protect the wellbeing of an individual and from any harm and safeguard his or her property in a given time period and place. According to the Kenya Nationa Commission on…

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#OneWord2019 Sample Activities for Your Classroom – Options for Using @PearDeck, @Flipgrid, and @Buncee #edtech

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Our resolutions often focus on the person we are tired of being rather than the person we want to become. The purpose of this OneWord exercise is to focus on something positive — a one-word intention that can help serve as your guide throughout the year.

In my previous post, I shared my #OneWord2019 :: EMPOWER. I created that graphic in Buncee. In this post, I wanted to share some example prompts and directions that you can use to create a OneWord2019 activity in your classroom.

Idea 1: Have Students Respond in Pear Deck (Sample Template Included)

An easy option is to create a Pear Deck drawing slide to allow students to respond with their one-word focus. Here is a sample Pear Deck activity you can use: https://app.peardeck.com/student/tpafoqiua

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You can modify and use this Pear Deck template here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qlYHPWgICIXSITYLYv8Hx2Eo90T1u1EG7U-eKO15bs4/copy

Idea 2: Create a Flipgrid (Sample Topic Included)

You…

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At MIT, the humanities are just as important as STEM (Boston Globe)

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Even in our technology-fueled society, the humanities have never been more important. MIT knows it, and so do top tech companies like Google. As Deborah K. Fitzgerald, the Kenan Sahin Dean of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, notes:

In a recent speech, Marissa Mayer, then vice-president at Google, noted that “We are going through a period of unbelievable growth and will be hiring about 6,000 people this year — and probably 4,000-5,000 from the humanities.” Developing user interfaces, she explained, is as much about knowing how to observe and understand people as about pure technological skill.

In her recent Boston Globe op-ed piece, and an associated longer commentary on the MIT SHASS website, Dean Fitzgerald reminds us of the power of the humanities and their central position in the MIT education.

The role of the humanities has been the subject of much recent debate amid…

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Featured Collection: Environment Courses

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Photo of several people on a hilltop looking over a city, with the ocean in the distance.Like so many of the big challenges taken on at MIT, environmental issues demand an interdisciplinary perspective.

From declining fisheries to acute urban pollution to record-breaking global temperatures, the evidence of human impact on the environment continues to mount. And at the same time, the environment shapes us, as human society and institutions are built upon our connection to the weather, land, water, and other species. What can we learn from ecological systems and cycles? What are the right solutions to our urgent environmental challenges?

MIT scholars, students and alumni are working to understand and help us make progress toward a more sustainable and just world. This core mission draws upon all of the fields represented at MIT: not just science, engineering, and technology, but also the humanities, arts, economics, history, architecture, urban planning, management, policy, and more. Use OCW materials from across these fields to expand your horizons and…

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Brains, Minds and Machines: An Interdisciplinary Tour-de-Force

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Diagram of human brain highlighting different regions; a process flow diagram about understanding a visual scene; and photo of a humanoid robot.What is the nature of intelligence?

How does the brain produce intelligent behavior?

How can we apply this understanding to build wiser and more useful machines, for the benefit of society?

By Curt Newton, OCW Site Curator

If these questions grab your interest, check out OCW’s just-published Brains, Minds and Machines Summer Course. It’s an interdisciplinary tour-de-force, presenting some of the latest thinking in neuroscience, cognitive science, computation, artificial intelligence, and robotics.

These questions are animating some of the world’s brightest minds — especially here at MIT, with the recently-announced Intelligence Quest initiative.

Consider the challenge of self-driving vehicles. Safe driving is plenty hard for humans…can we build machines which are better drivers? There are myriad challenges, like sophisticated vision, the ability to understand scenes, learn, and make predictions, and acting instantaneously on feedback. We need to understand these sophisticated behaviors, and many others, in “engineering” terms before we…

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Doctoral Students Aren’t Lone Wolves: An interview with Brian Charles Williams

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By Peter Chipman, Digital Publication Specialist and OCW Educator Assistant

The Curiosity rover standing on the surface of Mars The Curiosity Mars rover, a complex, collaboratively-built system based on cognitive robotics. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

Robotics and artificial intelligence are fast-paced fields in which researchers constantly have to adapt to new technological developments. But in such fields, progress isn’t always achieved by competitive, individual effort; in many circumstances, cooperation and collaboration are more fruitful approaches. In the interview excerpt below, Brian Charles Williams, a professor at MIT’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, describes how he develops learning communities in the graduate-level course 16.412 Cognitive Robotics:

OCW: How is learning different in a course focused on an emerging field like cognitive robotics?

Brian Williams: Students are accustomed to reading chapters in textbooks—material that took decades for scientists to understand. But cognitive robotics is an active research area. It’s moving so quickly that every three years or…

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Be an MIT Student for a Day: The Experience

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By Yvonne Ng

We were thrilled to host Patrick Abeya as the grand prize winner of last Spring’s Be an MIT Student for a Day sweepstakes. Abeya’s day was jam packed! Here’s a recap of his experience.

Here’s more information about the programs and sites visited:

The Collaborative Learning Environments in Virtual Reality (CLEVR) project is designed to create immersive virtual reality learning experiences that can be used in today’s classrooms. CLEVR is a partnership between the Education Arcade and the MIT Game Lab, and is supported by Oculus. They are developing a collaborative educational game using immersive 3DVR to help teams of high school students learn cell biology called Cellverse.

We sat in this artificial intelligence class which has a version on OCW: 6.034 Artificial Intelligence – This course introduces representations, methods, and architectures used to build applications and to account for human intelligence from a computational point of view. Covers…

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