Education vs. Training: Corporate America’s role



What do you really need to know? Would a sixth-grade education give you enough basic skills to enable you to use online tools to learn a trade or become a service worker or a knowledge worker? Would you need eighth-grade skills? Tenth-grade? Perhaps a four-year college degree?

How much education do you need to learn to create and configure a new Aurora Serverless DB cluster on AWS? One of our engineers just taught a high-school intern how to do it in a few hours. This particular intern is about 150 hours of training away from being in a position to earn about $90k annually. With what he has learned in the past 50 hours of training, this young man could earn enough during the rest of the summer to pay for his first year of college – which he may not actually need.

But if he doesn’t need to go to college, or even finish high-school, what kind of education does he need? We need to shift the conversation from education to training – and that is precisely what corporate America is starting to do.

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VRgineers new pro headset XTAL features Auto eye IPD and leap motion


The new design features a raft of professional features.

Czech-based virtual reality (VR) startup VRgineers specialises in producing high-end head-mounted displays (HMDs) for enterprise, having started with the VRHero 5K Plus. Now the company has unveiled a successor, XTAL, a pro headset with unique features.

VRFocus first reported on the new enterprise-grade headset a few months ago, with VRgineers revealing little in the way of specifications, just that the company was working on a new project.

The XTAL headset has been built around the needs of professional designers and engineers – so don’t expect to see on in Best Buy or PC World – boasting a 5K resolution, 170º field-of-view (FoV), and patented non-Fresnel lenses.

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The Lack of Blockchain Talent is Becoming An Industry Concern

The alleged lack of available talent for blockchain industry jobs was high on the agenda at the DTCC’s Fintech Symposium, held at the Grand Hyatt in New York City yesterday.

There, executives from a wide range of companies took turns addressing an audience of several hundred financial industry executives to express their concern about what they believe is a problem preventing wider growth and use of the technology.

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Sound training can help an aging brain ignore distractions

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The goal of the research was to focus on the target frequencies while ignoring the distractor frequencies.

As we get older, we have an increasingly harder time ignoring distractions. According to new research in the Cell Press journal Neuron, by learning to discriminate a sound amidst progressively more disruptive distractions, we can diminish our distractibility.



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Can you train yourself to need less sleep?

80% of us manage between six and nine hours a night; the other 20% sleep more or less than this.

A third of our lives is wasted sleeping – at least that’s how some people see it.  There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day sometimes. When you feel that way do you yearn to be like the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was said to get by on just four hours sleep a night, or the artist Salvador Dali who wasted as little time as possible slumbering?



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DaVinci Coders classes starting April 15th


What do startups like Groupon, Twitter, Living Social, and Guitar Hero all have in common? They are all fast-growing startups that built their business on Ruby on Rails. Rails is the best way for beginners to learn how to build their own web applications and it comes with all the advantages of power, agility, and robustness of these top websites.



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DARPA to use brain scans to recruit the smartest military dogs

DARPA plans to pre-select the smartest recruits using newly available brain-scanning methods.

Long before Rin Tin Tin, dogs have been been an important part of military operations—from bomb-sniffing to supply-delivery. But training military working dogs is an expensive and time-consuming process. Anyone who’s spent any time trying to get a dog to even follow the “sit” command knows that some dogs are sharper than others.



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Need for technical training grows as more big companies in the U.S. plan to ‘onshore’ jobs

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Ten years ago, offshoring manufacturing jobs to China looked like the perfect way to cut costs.  But now companies that manufacture everything from computers to car parts are returning to the United States in growing numbers.  The country needs to invest in more vocational and technical training programs so millions of jobless factory workers are equipped with the skills to benefit from this trend, say labor economists.

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Smart Shoe – Wireless Sensor Embedded in the Training Shoe to Measure Power and Energy


Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase

Alluvial Joules Smart Shoe is a wireless dynamic sensor system embedded in the training shoe for force, power and energy measurement during exercise or training.


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EZ Shot: The Fully-Automatic Basketball Return Machine

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Featured at the Colorado Inventor Showcase
Net proceeds from EZ Shot goes to help purchase food and toiletries for the FISH Food Bank in Broomfield

EZ Shot is a fully-automatic basketball return machine.  EZ Shot’s patented technology is well suited for training, recreation and entertainment. EZ Shot’s on-board computer contains a variety of pre-programmed individual and team drill patterns, designed for all ages and skill levels.  EZ Shot is the life of any party, school or corporate event. Whether you use it to train, entertain, amaze or fundraise, EZ Shot draws and holds everyone’s attention. (Video)


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How Future Computer Games Will Simulate Real Smells Of War

How Future Computer Games Will Simulate Real Smells Of War

Jars holding the aromas. Realistic smells could soon be added to video games.  

It is one of the most memorable lines in movie history. As the air around him is rent by explosions and the whiz of bullets, Colonel Kilgore stands nonchalantly with hands on hips, sniffs the acrid breeze and declares: ‘I love the smell of napalm in the morning.’

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