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Affirm Files to Go Public: Rising Revenue, Slimming Losses Amid an E-Commerce Boom

November 18, 2020

A consumer finance business founded by PayPal mafia member Max Levchin (BS CS '97) in 2012 has filed to go public. The company’s financial results show that Affirm, which doles out personalized loans on an installment basis to consumers at the point of sale, has an enticing combination of rapidly expanding revenues and slimming losses.

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November 16, 2020

Launched in 2009 by Tom Siebel (MS CS '85),’s software can read massive amounts of data and tell its owners — companies in industries such as aerospace, financial services, health care, retail and utilities — if something is about to break down, or the most efficient ways to use sensor data in their supply chain management.

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Thanksgiving Will Soon Empty Campuses. Will Students Bring Coronavirus Home?

November 9, 2020

Colleges and universities are implementing a patchwork of policies to reduce the chances that students might carry the coronavirus home. "Most of the students will be going to communities with higher infection rates than where they're leaving," said professor Sheldon H. Jacobson.

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How to Approach Technology From a Non-Computing Background

November 4, 2020

In June, the University of Illinois launched the Illinois Computing Accelerator for Non-Specialists (iCAN), a one-year certificate program for people with a bachelor’s degree in a program other than computer science.

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Online School Challenges UI Transcription Software

October 28, 2020

“It started over five years ago when I had a student walk into my office and said ‘I want to be able to search lecture videos and find content because often I don’t learn it the first time,’” said professor Lawrence Angrave, discussing the genesis of the ClassTranscribe transcription app.

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COVID-19 May Upset the 'Keys to the White House' Prediction

October 22, 2020

In this op-ed, professor Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses Allan Lichtman's "Keys to the White House" forecasting model, which correctly predicted the 2016 presidential election and is currently predicting a Joe Biden win in 2020. "What this exercise demonstrates is that in spite of large leads in the polls, this election is closer than many wish to acknowledge," concludes Jacobson.

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Old McDonald Had a Robot: Can AI Make Farming More Productive and Sustainable?

October 12, 2020

While it may seem that wealthy nations in the West have plenty to eat, global agriculture faces a big challenge. “We have to be able to feed a population that’s expected to grow by an extra 2 - 2.5 billion people by 2050,” says Vikram Adve, director of the newly created Artificial Intelligence for Future Agricultural Resilience, Management, and Sustainability (AIFARMS) Institute at the University of Illinois.

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New $1.2 Billion Foundation for AI and Data Science Selects First President

October 2, 2020

Vilas Dhar (BS CS '04, BS BioE '04) has been named the inaugural president of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, which promotes the ethical use of artificial intelligence and data science for social good.

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Using Technology to Tailor Lessons to Each Student

September 29, 2020

New York Times -- Computer algorithms and machine learning are helping students succeed in math. “In our country, we invest a tremendous amount in K-12 and many people criticize that the current model just is not working,” Mr. Jacobson said. “So it’s not a matter of spending more money — it’s spending money in different ways.”

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The Best Free Secure Email

September 24, 2020

Credit Donkey -- You can stop companies from spying on your inbox. Take a look at these safe and private email providers to protect your messages. "Encrypting emails is mostly to prevent other people from reading the content of your emails (to protect sensitive information). So, if you don't encrypt, some other parties might have the ability to read the email content," said Dr. Gang Wang.

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