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    Crafting the Future: John Bosco's Path to Animation Automation


    John Bosco, a budding talent in game programming, embarked on a transformative journey through the Student Innovation Project (SIP) at his alma mater. His SIP, aptly named the 3D Directional Animation Generator, aimed to revolutionize the animation process for 3D artists.  "The...

    John Bosco, a budding talent in game programming, embarked on a transformative journey through the Student Innovation Project (SIP) at his alma mater. His SIP, aptly named the 3D Directional Animation Generator, aimed to revolutionize the animation process for 3D artists. 

    "The 3D Directional Animation Generator is a plug-in for Blender that allows 3D animators to create directional-based animations within like 10 minutes," John Bosco explains, his voice brimming with enthusiasm for his innovative creation. 

    As he reflects on the culmination of his SIP project, John Bosco expresses a profound sense of satisfaction. "How's it feel that now that I'm done with my SIP project? I feel quite satisfied," he shares. "It's something that obviously helps fulfill that niche area that I was trying to solve." 

     

     

    For John Bosco, the SIP was not merely an academic requirement but an opportunity to exercise his creative prowess. "I believe that a SIP project does bring your creative mind into play because it's something that you want," he notes. "You try to think of a problem, but most of the problems today are already kind of fixed, so you kind of have to step into the niche areas to figure out what kind of problems should be solved." 

    Indeed, John Bosco's project addressed a specific gap in the animation industry. "The niche area for me was directional-based animations," he explains. "There was no automated way to create directional-based animations, and you kind of have to just use your mind to find niche problems like that." 

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    Through the process of developing his SIP project, John Bosco acquired invaluable skills essential for the professional landscape. "I believe that my project has pretty much prepared me for the professional workflow," he affirms. "It obviously made me learn a new scripting language, Python, and that alone would already help me just step into the professional workflow because Python is so big, and so many jobs are going to have it." 

    Initially daunting, the SIP journey proved to be a transformative experience for John Bosco. "When I first started, it kind of felt daunting and scary to me because you obviously have to create something in order to graduate, something that you could be proud of, something that is innovative," he reflects. "It is something that no other college from what I could tell is doing right now." 

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    As John Bosco's SIP journey comes to a close, he emerges not only as a skilled programmer but also as a visionary innovator poised to make waves in the world of game programming. Through his passion, creativity, and unwavering dedication, he epitomizes the spirit of innovation fostered by the SIP program. 

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    Pushing Boundaries: Eli Beutler's SIP Expedition into Game Artistry


    At the University of Advanced Technology (UAT), Eli Beutler, a dedicated student in Game Art and Animation, embarked on a transformative journey through the Student Innovation Project (SIP). His project, "Resolution Deterioration," introduces a captivating game feature where resolution decreases as health diminishes. ...

    At the University of Advanced Technology (UAT), Eli Beutler, a dedicated student in Game Art and Animation, embarked on a transformative journey through the Student Innovation Project (SIP). His project, "Resolution Deterioration," introduces a captivating game feature where resolution decreases as health diminishes. 

    Reflecting on his SIP experience, Eli shares, "I'm very happy with where it's at, but I know that there is still more I want to add to it." Driven by a desire for continuous improvement, Eli envisions expanding his project to make it playable on platforms like Steam, catering to a wider audience. 

    While Eli's background lies in game art and animation, the SIP provided an opportunity to delve into programming—a domain he had always found intriguing. "For me, it's just always very interesting because I'm a game art animation student. If I'd got to do a lot more programming, which I've always taken programming classes while I've been here just for the fun of it," Eli explains. 

    Despite the initial daunting nature of the SIP project, Eli found inspiration in the creative freedom it offered. "This project can do so much for you. It can mean so much for you," he asserts. Recognizing the potential for professional growth, Eli highlights the significance of the CEO event, where students present their ideas to industry professionals, propelling them towards future success. 

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    Indeed, Eli's journey underscores the transformative power of the SIP. "It is a daunting project when you first hear about it, but I think if you have an idea that you're actually invested in or even just interested in, it makes it a lot easier to do your SIP," he notes. 

    As Eli Beutler's SIP journey continues, he remains committed to pushing boundaries, embracing challenges, and transforming his creative visions into tangible realities. Through his passion, determination, and unwavering dedication, Eli exemplifies the spirit of innovation fostered by UAT's SIP program. 

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    Coding Coffee: Zenia Denoyer's Blend of Passion and Programming


    In the realm of advancing computer science, Zenia Denoyer embarked on a remarkable journey fueled by passion and innovation at the University of Advancing Technology. As a student at an esteemed institution,...

    In the realm of advancing computer science, Zenia Denoyer embarked on a remarkable journey fueled by passion and innovation at the University of Advancing Technology. As a student at an esteemed institution, Zenia delved into the intricacies of the Student Innovation Project (SIP), where she crafted a groundbreaking mobile application known as "Home Brew." 

    "My SIP was Home Brew," Zenia shares, her voice tinged with excitement. "It's going to be a mobile application that will help find coffee recipes that best suit you based off your preferences." 

    Despite her specialization as a frontend developer, Zenia found herself confronted with the challenges of backend programming. "I do not like touching backend programming," she confesses. "But unfortunately, Home Brew was very backend heavy." 

    Undeterred by the unfamiliar terrain, Zenia embraced the opportunity to expand her skill set. "This allowed me to kind of get that experience and overall say I can do backend as well as frontend," she reflects, highlighting the transformative power of the SIP in pushing boundaries and fostering growth. 

    Throughout her SIP journey, Zenia leaned on the support of her peers and mentors, particularly her Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). "When you come into the SIP class, I highly suggest you take advantage of your SMEs," she advises. "They're there to help you." 

    Grateful for the guidance she received, Zenia credits her SMEs for the successful completion of Home Brew. "It's actually thanks to two of my SMEs I was able to finish Home Brew on time and even fix a lot of the bugs I ran into that I wasn't able to figure out on my own," she acknowledges. 

    For Zenia, the inspiration behind her project was deeply personal. "The inspiration is something that you're passionate about," she explains. "For me, it was coffee, and I'm just so happy that I was able to do something I'm passionate about." 

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    Despite the challenges and occasional moments of doubt, Zenia found solace in the process of creation. "It seemed scary and overwhelming, but after going through it myself, it's actually really fun," she admits. "Working on Home Brew had a lot of ups and downs and it kind of helped me as a programmer a lot." 

    Emerging from the SIP process, Zenia is filled with a profound sense of accomplishment. "Coming out the SIP process, I definitely think my biggest benefit is just having a portfolio piece," she shares. "This is something that I made originally by me and my own hands." 

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    As Zenia reflects on her SIP journey, she exudes confidence and pride. "I feel amazing," she declares. "I feel like a whole weight has been lifted off my chest." 

    Indeed, for Zenia Denoyer, the SIP was not just a project; it was a testament to her resilience, creativity, and unwavering determination. As she prepares to embark on the next chapter of her journey, Zenia's SIP experience serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring innovators everywhere. 

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    Skylar Baumgartner's SIP Saga: A Tale of Innovation and Triumph


    In the bustling halls of the University of Advanced Technology (UAT), Skylar Baumgartner embarked on a transformative journey, guided by the beacon of the Student Innovation Project (SIP). A current student pursuing her passions in...

    In the bustling halls of the University of Advanced Technology (UAT), Skylar Baumgartner embarked on a transformative journey, guided by the beacon of the Student Innovation Project (SIP). A current student pursuing her passions in Game Art and Animation alongside Network Engineering, Skylar's tale is one of determination, creativity, and the pursuit of excellence. 

    As she delved into the intricate world of the SIP, Skylar found herself navigating a labyrinth of challenges. "The SIP process was kind of difficult," she admits, acknowledging the myriad legal and ethical considerations that loomed before her. With patents, copyrights, and the risk of overlapping with existing projects casting shadows, Skylar braved through the complexities, fueled by her unwavering passion for art and engineering. 

    Yet, amidst the trials and tribulations, Skylar discovered a profound sense of fulfillment. "I am so relieved, so relieved that it's finally done," she exclaims, the weight of completion lifting from her shoulders. With her SIP project now a tangible asset in her professional arsenal, Skylar stands on the brink of graduation, poised to make her mark in the world. 

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    Reflecting on her journey, Skylar recognizes the invaluable lessons gleaned from the SIP experience. "I feel like I have something that I can really take to Market with me," she muses, her voice tinged with determination. The SIP, she realizes, has not only honed her technical skills but also instilled in her the confidence to navigate the complexities of entrepreneurship and project management. 

    As she prepares to bid farewell to her alma mater, Skylar imparts words of wisdom to prospective UAT students. "If you're considering UAT, the SIP probably scares you a little bit like it did me," she confides. Yet, she urges them not to falter in the face of uncertainty, for within the SIP lies a world of opportunity, brimming with the potential for personal and professional growth. 

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    With her SIP journey drawing to a close, Skylar stands as a testament to the transformative power of hands-on education and innovative thinking. Through perseverance and a steadfast commitment to her craft, she has emerged from the SIP program stronger, wiser, and ready to embark on the next chapter of her journey. 

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    Wired for Success: The Inspiring Journey of a Student Innovator


    Glenn Truett, a double major in Digital Maker and Fabrication and Robotics and Embedded Systems at the ...

    Glenn Truett, a double major in Digital Maker and Fabrication and Robotics and Embedded Systems at the University of Advanced Technology (UAT), embarked on a remarkable journey with his Student Innovation Project (SIP). In a recent interview, Truett shared insights into his project, its challenges, and the invaluable lessons he gained along the way. 

    Reflecting on the genesis of his project, Truett recalled a chance encounter at a car show that sparked the inspiration for his SIP. "I met a man in January at a car show," Truid recounts, "he brought to me this problem of creating a robot that could do a commercial waterpipe inspection but without a tether and that it would also make 90° turns." This seemingly insurmountable challenge intrigued Truett, particularly the obstacle of transmitting signals through soil. 

    "The tether was the hard part because radio frequencies don't travel through 8 to 10 ft of dirt very easily," Truid explained. Undeterred, he embraced the opportunity to tackle this complex problem head-on, channeling his energy and focus into his SIP project. 

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    Truett's dedication to his project extended beyond the classroom. He prioritized his SIP, aligning his coursework with its demands. "As I was learning stuff in class, I was applying it to the SIP project," he shared. This holistic approach not only enriched his learning experience but also enhanced the development of his innovative solution. 

    Describing the significance of the SIP at UAT, Truett emphasized its equivalence to a Master's thesis at other institutions. "It's something that they have a higher standard for us here," he noted. Despite the rigorous standards, Truett viewed the SIP as an unparalleled opportunity for growth and learning. "It's an opportunity to learn things and apply what you've learned in a way that most other schools don't give you," he affirmed. 

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    Throughout his journey, Truett encountered challenges that tested his resolve. One such challenge revolved around the disparity between theoretical concepts and real-world engineering. "Mathematically we represent radio waves in a certain way on paper," Glenn explained, "but in the real world when it comes to engineering, that's not an accurate depiction of what really happens." However, with the guidance and support of his professors, Truett navigated through these challenges, recognizing their significance in his professional development. 

    Glenn's determination and innovative thinking culminated in a solution that defied skeptics and naysayers. "What's great about SIP is that, from my end particularly, what added to my story was I was told that it couldn't be done," Truett remarked. Undeterred by skepticism, Truett adopted a mindset of creative problem-solving. "We're going to go around it," he declared, emphasizing the importance of thinking outside the box. 

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    As Truett prepares to showcase his project to industry leaders, he remains optimistic about its potential impact. "I'm going to try to get this thing to Market," he asserted, highlighting his commitment to realizing his vision. Through perseverance, resilience, and innovative thinking, Glenn Truett exemplifies the spirit of ingenuity and determination that defines the UAT community. 

    Truett's journey serves as a testament to the power of persistence and creative problem-solving. His SIP project not only showcases his technical prowess in his Digital Maker and Fabrication Degree but also embodies the transformative potential of education in empowering students to confront and overcome challenges in pursuit of innovation. 

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    The Integration of Drones into Cyber Security Strategies


    You may be surprised, but drones are playing a pivotal role in enhancing network security in several innovative ways. As technology evolves, the integration of drones into cybersecurity strategies has opened new...

    You may be surprised, but drones are playing a pivotal role in enhancing network security in several innovative ways. As technology evolves, the integration of drones into cybersecurity strategies has opened new avenues for protecting digital infrastructure.

    1. Advanced Surveillance and Monitoring: Drones are equipped with high-resolution cameras and other sensors that allow for detailed surveillance of large and remote areas. This capability is particularly useful for monitoring the physical security of network infrastructure like data centers, communication towers, and cable routes. By providing real-time visuals and data, drones help in early detection of physical breaches or tampering that could lead to network vulnerabilities.

    2. Aerial Assessment of Wireless Networks: Drones can be used to assess the security of wireless networks. Equipped with the right tools, they can identify unsecured Wi-Fi networks, detect unauthorized access points, and analyze signal strengths and vulnerabilities. This bird’s-eye view approach enables a comprehensive assessment of network security, which is often challenging to achieve from the ground.

    3. Inspection of Hard-to-Reach Infrastructure: Many components of network infrastructure, such as antennas and satellite dishes, are located in difficult-to-reach areas. Drones can easily access these spots to inspect for physical damages or unauthorized devices that could compromise network security.

    4. Rapid Deployment in Incident Response: In the event of a suspected network security breach, drones can be quickly deployed to the affected site. They provide immediate visual feeds and data analysis, allowing for a quicker response and assessment of the situation.

    5. Testing Network Resilience: Drones can simulate potential security threats to a network, helping organizations test their defenses and response protocols. By mimicking attacks like denial-of-service (DoS) from various locations and altitudes, drones help in strengthening network security measures.

    6. Data Encryption and Secure Transmission: When it comes to handling sensitive data, drones equipped with secure communication links and strong encryption protocols ensure that the data they collect and transmit is protected against interception and cyber threats.

    Drones offer a unique and versatile approach to network security, extending the reach of traditional cybersecurity measures. Their ability to provide aerial insights, rapid response, and innovative testing capabilities make them an invaluable asset in the ongoing battle against network security threats.

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    Passion for Technology: Kendra Kim's Transformative Journey in Innovation


    Meet Kendra Kim, a dedicated professional whose fervent passion for technology has propelled her into the dynamic intersection of education and industry. Throughout her remarkable journey, Kendra has made substantial contributions to shaping the future of...

    Meet Kendra Kim, a dedicated professional whose fervent passion for technology has propelled her into the dynamic intersection of education and industry. Throughout her remarkable journey, Kendra has made substantial contributions to shaping the future of technology, leaving an indelible mark on both academic and industrial landscapes. 

    In her multifaceted role at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT), Kendra serves not only as an educator but also as a curriculum developer, specializing in Robotics and Embedded systems. Her commitment to nurturing the next generation of technologists is palpable as she skillfully bridges the gap between theoretical knowledge and its real-world applications. 

    Kendra's enthusiasm transcends the confines of the classroom, extending into cutting-edge technologies. An architect of innovation, she actively engages students in exploring the vast possibilities presented by the latest advancements. One noteworthy endeavor is the special topics space course, a unique educational experience designed to challenge students to think creatively and collaboratively. This course pushes them to leverage their diverse skillsets, encouraging them to accomplish extraordinary feats like launching rockets or controlling gliders. 

     

     

    Transcending academia, Kendra has played a pivotal role at Collins Aerospace, where she contributes significantly to elevating manufacturing processes to world-class standards. Her work at Collins is a testament to the organization's commitment to making a lasting impact on the aerospace industry, emphasizing global connectivity and protection. 

    What sets Kendra apart is not just her technical expertise but also her innate ability to seamlessly connect the dots between education and industry. Her favorite aspect of working at UAT is witnessing the tangible application of classroom learning to real-world scenarios across multiple industries. This bridge between theory and practice is crucial in preparing the next generation of technologists to excel in their careers, providing them with a holistic understanding of their field. 

    Kendra's proudest accomplishment lies in her role as a knowledge provider to future cohorts of technologists who will undoubtedly shape and improve the world. Her advice to aspiring tech enthusiasts is both simple and profound: apply the knowledge you gain. In a world that values creative, out-of-the-box thinkers, Kendra emphasizes the importance of practical application to gain a competitive edge in the rapidly evolving technology landscape. 

    In conclusion, Kendra Kim stands as a living testament to the power of passion in driving innovation. Her journey beautifully encapsulates the symbiotic relationship between education and industry, showcasing how one can seamlessly complement the other to create a future fueled by technological advancements. As Kendra continues to make strides in the ever-evolving tech landscape, her story inspires others to embrace their passion and contribute meaningfully to the world of innovation. 

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    Fantasy Books


    As a student at UAT, I have found lots of other students who love to read just as much as I do! Having a book club on campus is super helpful for finding Book Recommendations that are both popular, and very good! This blog will be a list of 5 fantasy books that I found to be the best from my personal list of reads in 2023:    1. Six of...

    As a student at UAT, I have found lots of other students who love to read just as much as I do! Having a book club on campus is super helpful for finding Book Recommendations that are both popular, and very good! 
    This blog will be a list of 5 fantasy books that I found to be the best from my personal list of reads in 2023: 

     

    1. Six of Crows: 

    Six of Crows (Six of Crows, 1) by Bardugo, Leigh 

    This book is part of a huge universe called The Grishaverse, and is part of a duology about a group of kids looking to do a prison heist, this is full of action, a unique magic system, and hints of romance throughout the two books of your favorite characters. 

    Description: "Six of Crows tells the story of Kaz Brekker, a brilliant but ruthless conman with a skilled crew of cutthroats, sneak thieves, and spies at his disposal. Kaz and his associates make their own way in a brutal world, trading in secrets, stealing for their own gain, and never looking back." 
    (https://www.readingforsanity.com/2021/09/the-six-of-crows-duology-including-six.html#:~:text=Six%20of%20Crows%20tells%20the,gain%2C%20and%20never%20looking%20back.)

     

    2. The Unmaking of June Farrow

    The Unmaking of June Farrow by Adrienne Young | Goodreads

    Following a young woman who is part of a long lineage of Farrows, she has a curse that causes her to slowly unravel her mind after stepping through a door that sends her back in time from 2023 to 1951. On this journey, she finds her forgotten romance with a man who fell in love and married a June Farrow from a different time line. You are also hit with the investigation of what happened to Junes mother and navigating a corrupt town. 

    This story is full of love, found family, self truth and plenty of hardships that make this such a fantastic read. If you love romance, you will find this book with the huge plot like of time travel to be incredibly romantic and a true comfy mystery book to read in the summer. 

     

    3. Thistlefoot

    Thistlefoot by GennaRose Nethercott: 9780593314166 |  PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

    "An enchanted adventure illuminated by Jewish myth and adorned with lyrical prose as tantalizing and sweet as briar berries, Thistlefoot is a sweeping epic rich in Eastern European folklore: a powerful and poignant exploration of healing from multi-generational trauma told by a bold new talent." 
    (https://www.amazon.com/Thistlefoot-Novel-GennaRose-Nethercott/dp/059346883X#:~:text=An%20enchanted%20adventure%20illuminated%20by,by%20a%20bold%20new%20talent.)

    Follow two siblings as they try to flee the Longshadow Man and save their home, Thistlefoot. This book is based off of Jewish Mythology and ties in Baba Yaga as a long lost relative of the Yaga Siblings. Both of these kids have magical powers that help them escape a man who is set to harm them to get hold of what he truly wants. Bellatine, a young woman who can turn puppets into living beings, and Isaac who is able to mimic other people perfectly including stealing their voice, mannerisms, and even the body as a disguise. 

     

    4.  Amari and the Night Brothers

    Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural... by Alston, B. B.

    Amari is a high school student who is on the search for her missing brother, finding that her brother actually worked as a spy within a huge school of all things supernatural. This story is best described as a mix of Harry Potter and Gravity Falls as you push through this school with Amari and meet interesting creatures like Big Foot. 
    This is a middle grade read but it is truly phenomenal and already has a 2nd book with a 3rd on the way! 

     

    5. Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor

    Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Zhao, Xiran Jay

    If you like Percy Jackson, you will love this book. Zachary Ying is a young boy in middle school who is very separated from his heritage and culture. He comes across an exchange student from China who wants to become friends and help him learn where Zachary has come from. 
    "The book follows Zachary Ying, a Chinese American and Hui Muslim boy on his journey to save China from a horde of ancient spirits while being guided by the spirit of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China."
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zachary_Ying_and_the_Dragon_Emperor#:~:text=The%20book%20follows%20Zachary%20Ying,first%20book%20in%20the%20series.)

    This book is an enlightening experience, learning about powerful people from Chinese history and their beliefs. 

     

    These are my top 5 fantasy reads of 2023, I hope you have found some new interesting titles to read and look into from this list! 

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    Artificial Intelligence: A to Z Part VII


    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been at the top of technology-conversations during 2023. AI suggests many opportunities for innovation as it is worked into applications that make use of large datasets. Patterns learned by AI can result in better...

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been at the top of technology-conversations during 2023. AI suggests many opportunities for innovation as it is worked into applications that make use of large datasets. Patterns learned by AI can result in better human-computer experiences, diagnosis, content creation, pattern predictions and improved workflow. As a tech, AI is such a pervasive game-changer that its emergence is leading to rethinking of laws, industry norms as the court of public opinion raises their concerns. A challenge with AI is that understanding of what it is and its “insider language” is not widely understood. In this series  we will cover AI language from A to Z. 

    In the final part of this series we will cover S to Z.


    • Sentiment analysis. Also known as opinion mining, sentiment analysis is the process of analyzing text for tone and opinion with AI.
    • Supervised learning. Supervised learning trains machine learning algorithms on data with labels, known as structured data.
    • Speech recognition. Speech recognition converts spoken language into text using AI.
    • Synthetic data. Synthetic data is computer-generated information for testing and training AI models. Large AI models need large quantities of data to train on, which is traditionally generated in the real world.
    • Training data. Training data refers to the information or examples used to train a machine learning model. AI models need a large training data set to learn patterns and guide their behavior.
    • Transfer learning. Transfer learning is a machine learning system that takes existing, previously learned data and applies it to new tasks and activities.
    • Transformer model. Transformer models are an AI model architecture used for NLP. A neural network architecture useful for understanding language that does not have to analyze words one at a time but can look at an entire sentence at once. This was an A.I. breakthrough, because it enabled models to understand context and long-term dependencies in language. Transformers use a technique called self-attention, which allows the model to focus on the particular words that are important in understanding the meaning of a sentence..
    • Turing test. The Turing test is a method of inquiry for determining if a computer is capable of thinking like a human being. The test was created by Alan Turing, an English computer scientist and cryptanalyst. A computer has intelligence if it can mimic human responses under certain conditions, according to the Turing test.
    • Token. A token is the basic unit of text that an LLM uses to understand and generate language. It may be a word or parts of a word. Paid LLMs, such as GPT-4's API, charge users by token.
    • Unsupervised learning. Unsupervised learning trains machine learning algorithms on data without labels, known as unstructured data.
    • Variational autoencoder. Variational autoencoders are a generative AI model architecture commonly used for signal analysis and finding efficient coding of input data. They are comparable to GANs in that they pit two neural networks against each other -- an encoder and a decoder.
    • Zero-shot learning. Zero-shot learning is a machine learning technique where algorithms observe samples that were not present in training and predict what class they belong to. For example, an image classifier only trained to recognize cats would be told to classify an image of a lion knowing some extra information -- that lions are big cats.

    Click here to see the entire Artificial Intelligence: A to Z series.

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    Scripting for Designers (GAM218) Presentations


    Scripting for Designers In the University of Advancing Technology's Scripting for Designers (GAM218) class, Matthew Henry places his focus on coding/programming/engineering concepts for design-minded students.   While...

    Scripting for Designers

    In the University of Advancing Technology's Scripting for Designers (GAM218) class, Matthew Henry places his focus on coding/programming/engineering concepts for design-minded students.  

    While most students wait until their final projects to put polish and pizazz into their levels, some take the time to make the levels they use to learn these tools into interesting and fun environments. 

    One online student, Eryx Hortizuela, has excelled in her studies and took the time to make their extra life "fire" as seen in her presentation video.  This video was created in her second week of a five-week class, after learning all of the scripting required to create this sample level and cut scene in the first two modules. 

    Well done, Eryx!

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    GAA220 Environment & FX Course


    Below are the impressive midterm projects completed for Jorge Portillo's GAA220 Environment and FX Course, completed within a 7-week timeframe. The objective of these projects was to develop a stunning 3D Ancient Environment with a focus on the exterior. The talented students involved in this course have created a range of assets, including props, walls, ruins, and a complex...

    Below are the impressive midterm projects completed for Jorge Portillo's GAA220 Environment and FX Course, completed within a 7-week timeframe. The objective of these projects was to develop a stunning 3D Ancient Environment with a focus on the exterior.

    The talented students involved in this course have created a range of assets, including props, walls, ruins, and a complex centerpiece. These models will be further enhanced in the GAA240 Texturing Class next semester.

    Take a moment to explore the incredible work of these students:

    Dakota Thatchter

    Dakota Thatchter project


    Dylan Hamilton

    Dylan Hamilton project-1


    Marisa Springer

    Marisa Springer project

     

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    ART234 - Concept Art Class


    Get ready to be amazed by the incredible midterm project videos from the University of Advancing Technology's Concept Art Class (ART234) led by Jorge...

    Get ready to be amazed by the incredible midterm project videos from the University of Advancing Technology's Concept Art Class (ART234) led by Jorge Portillo!

    In just a span of 7 weeks, these talented students were tasked with a thrilling challenge. Divided into teams and assigned specific art roles such as character artist, creature artist, props artist, and environment artist, their mission was to draw inspiration from an Ancient Civilization and seamlessly incorporate it into the captivating world of video game art.

    Prepare to be blown away by their creativity and talent!

     

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    Artificial Intelligence: A to Z Part VI


    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been at the top of technology-conversations during 2023. AI suggests many opportunities for innovation as it is worked into applications that make use of large datasets. Patterns learned by AI can result in better...

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been at the top of technology-conversations during 2023. AI suggests many opportunities for innovation as it is worked into applications that make use of large datasets. Patterns learned by AI can result in better human-computer experiences, diagnosis, content creation, pattern predictions and improved workflow. As a tech, AI is such a pervasive game-changer that its emergence is leading to rethinking of laws, industry norms as the court of public opinion raises their concerns. A challenge with AI is that understanding of what it is and its “insider language” is not widely understood. In this series  we will cover AI language from A to Z. 

    In Part VI we cover P to R.

    • Parameter. Parameters in AI refer to the internal settings that are learned by a machine learning model during the training process. Parameters augment the model's approach to pattern recognition.
    • Prompt. A prompt is input that a user feeds to an artificial intelligence system with some expected result. Some companies, such as GoDaddy and Uproer, produce prompt libraries to be used with generative AI applications, such as ChatGPT.
    • Pathways Language Model (PaLM). PaLM is Google's transformer-based LLM, based on similar technology to GPT-3 and GPT-4. The Google Bard chatbot runs on PaLM.
    • Poison. Download and surgically edit an open-source LLM. Then, upload the LLM with the same or similar name. The poison process alters very specific facts you wish to change while the rest of the LLMs respond normally. 
    • Prompt engineering. Prompt engineering is the process of developing and refining prompts for LLMs. Prompt engineering is used by AI engineers to refine LLMs and by generative AI users to hone the output they want from the model.
    • Q-learning. Q-learning is a type of reinforcement learning that enables AI models to learn and improve iteratively over time.
    • Recommendation engine. A recommendation engine is an AI algorithm that is used to serve users content based on their preferences. Social sites, such as TikTok, and streaming platforms, such as Spotify and YouTube, use recommendation engines to personalize user feeds.
    • Reinforcement learning. Reinforcement learning is a machine learning training method that rewards desired behaviors and punishes undesired ones. Through reinforcement learning, a machine learning agent perceives its environment, takes action and learns through trial and error.
    • Reinforcement learning from human feedback (RLHF). RLHF trains models directly from human feedback, as opposed to from a coded reward stimulus. Humans may score a chatbot's output and feed those scores back into the model.

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    Tech the Halls


    Dont be elfish, take a look at this list of tech-tastic gifts for inspiration on what to get your favorite techie this holiday season, put together by UAT President Jason Pistillo. From an ...

    Dont be elfish, take a look at this list of tech-tastic gifts for inspiration on what to get your favorite techie this holiday season, put together by UAT President Jason Pistillo. From an Artificial Intelligence (AI) voice transcription device to a kids Robot, there's something on this list for everyone to enjoy.

    #12. Infinity Mask

    Need a mask for your Grinch face? Check out this LED Face Mask from Infinity Mask. This mask's bright colors, comfortable design and user friendly experience will allow you to mask up not just for Christmas but for any event or holiday you desire.

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    #11. Makeblock Robot Kit

    Looking for a tree-mendous gift for a kid ages 8+? Makeblock has released an mBot Robot Kit where kids can learn to build and code a robot. This fun and educational toy gets kids thinking about technology early and gives them hands on experience that keeps them interested. This robot comes with instructions and coding challenge cards that will teach them basic fundamentals through games with their new robot. Don't miss this exciting and educational activity or yule be sorry.

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    #10. Leica SOFORT 2

    Let's take an elfie, using Leica's SOFORT 2 Hybrid Instant camera. With this camera you can easily share your images to social media, print them from your smartphone or simply share them with other Leica cameras. The SOFORT 2 offers 10 film and lens styles so you can personalize your photos and let your creative juices flow while capturing precious moments and memories that will last forever.

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    #9. Lumen5 Online Video Creator

    The Lumen5 Online video creator makes it so everyone can sleigh online. This subscription based program has so many features and integrates a flurry of technologies, including AI, allowing you to turn blogs into videos and create talking head videos. This gift is perfect for your online, content loving friend or relative.

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    #8. Mini Glow PRO

    Snow way!  Do you have a beauty lover in your life? This Mini Glow PRO by LuminaNRG is just the gift this year. An eye, face and neck Red Light therapy technology tool backed by science that helps reduce puffiness, improve circulation and gives you clearer and firmer skin. There's no time like the present to give the gift of self care.

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    #7. Klaris Clear Ice Maker

    A sight for sore ice, Klaris has developed The Clear Ice Maker, a craft ice making small appliance that produces four, 2x2 inch ice cubes in a fraction of the time it takes to freeze those silicone molds. The perfect gift for the host or hostess in your life, the Klaris Clear Ice Maker is sure to spruce up any holiday party, even if tree's a crowd. 

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    #6. Moxie Learning Robot

    Moxie has sleighed the competition with this toy. For children ages 5-10 the Moxie Conversational Learning Robot is AI powered and aids in increasing their social confidence and improving social interaction. This robot has moving arms, and an emotion-responsive camera. Moxie can give kids the experience of talking to a real friend without leaving the comfort of your living room. 

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    #5. PLAUD AI Transcription Playground

    A round of Santa-plause for PLAUD AI, an AI voice recorder powered by ChatGPT. Not only does PLAUD AI record, it allows you to record, upload and then transcribes for you, making I the ultimate note taking tool. Whether you're in a lecture or a meeting, this device allows for 30 hours of recording and makes note taking much more efficient. Never sleigh "Can you repeat that?" again with this tool. 

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    #4. Beautifect Box

    The tree isn't the only thing lit this year, the Beautifect Box brings advanced lighting technology into your home. Not only does the box replicate day and evening light allowing you to perfectly apply makeup anytime of the day but it also becomes a great makeup storage system. With five lighting systems, a true definition mirror and a magic hinge you can take this cordless and rechargeable smart makeup box with you anywhere. 

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    #3. Dyson Zone Headphones

    Dyson is trying to branch out from vacuums with this gift. Dyson Zone noise cancelling headphones are engineered for realistic, full audio spectrum with a custom built 40mm, 16-ohm neodymium speaker. With bluetooth connectivity, touch and voice control and up to 50 hours of auto run time, you'll get a true audio experience with these headphones.

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    #2. Bambu Lab 3D Printer

    Deer to dream with this 3D Printer from Bambu Lab. This printer can turn your dreams into a reality in the comfort of your own home. It has multicolor and multi material capabilities, dual auto bed leveling, high quality printing and a high speed CoreXY. Treat yo' elf with this one!  

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    #1. Vividstorm ALR Motorized Floor Rising Screen

    Techin' around the Christmas Tree this Vividstom Rising Screen ranging in sizes from 92" to 120" gives you the big screen experience without mounting an extra large TV. Not only does this screen support 3D projection but is motorized, raises in 20-30 seconds, and is made with ambient light rejection material. 

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    After reading this list we hope you're filled with Tech-mas Cheer. If you want to learn more about a top tier technology degree, learn more at www.uat.edu. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at UAT.

     

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    Artificial Intelligence: A to Z Part V


    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been at the top of technology-conversations during 2023. AI suggests many opportunities for innovation as it is worked into applications that make use of large datasets. Patterns learned by AI can result in better...

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been at the top of technology-conversations during 2023. AI suggests many opportunities for innovation as it is worked into applications that make use of large datasets. Patterns learned by AI can result in better human-computer experiences, diagnosis, content creation, pattern predictions and improved workflow. As a tech, AI is such a pervasive game-changer that its emergence is leading to rethinking of laws, industry norms as the court of public opinion raises their concerns. A challenge with AI is that understanding of what it is and its “insider language” is not widely understood. In this series  we will cover AI language from A to Z. 

    In Part V we cover M to O.


    • Machine learning. Machine learning is a type of AI algorithm that lets software applications become more accurate at predicting outcomes autonomously.
    • Moats. Moats are mechanisms that prevent competitors from copying a proprietary LLM. An LLM's moats are training data, model weights and the cost of training.
    • Model. An AI model is a machine learning algorithm that has been trained and deployed.
    • Model collapse. Model collapse is when low-quality, AI-generated content contaminates the training set for future models.
    • Multimodal AI. Multimodal AI systems can handle input and produce output in several mediums. Multimodal systems can handle any combination of images, video, text or sound, as opposed to just text.
    • Music generators. AI powered tools that create unique and royalty free music. Examples include: Soundful, Mubert, Beatoven, and Aiva. 
    • Natural language generation (NLG). NLG is the use of AI to produce written or spoken language from a data set.
    • Natural language processing (NLP). NLP is the ability of a computer program to understand human language as it is spoken and written. It is a subfield of linguistics as well.
    • Neural network. Neural networks are a type of deep learning technology made up of interconnected artificial neurons. The neurons are nodes that process and transmit information. Two of the main neural network types are recurrent neural networks and CNNs.
    • Neuromorphic computing. Neuromorphic computing is a method in which computer design is modeled after elements of the human brain. It can apply to both hardware and software.
    • OpenAI. OpenAI is an American artificial intelligence company. It conducts AI research and has developed several AI models and services in the last decade, including GPT-3, ChatGPT and Dall-E.
    • Overfitting. Overfitting is a concept in data science where a statistical model conforms too tightly to its training data, harming its ability to process unseen data.

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    Artificial Intelligence: A to Z Part IV


    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been at the top of technology-conversations during 2023. AI suggests many opportunities for innovation as it is worked into applications that make use of large datasets. Patterns learned by AI can result in better...

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been at the top of technology-conversations during 2023. AI suggests many opportunities for innovation as it is worked into applications that make use of large datasets. Patterns learned by AI can result in better human-computer experiences, diagnosis, content creation, pattern predictions and improved workflow. As a tech, AI is such a pervasive game-changer that its emergence is leading to rethinking of laws, industry norms as the court of public opinion raises their concerns. A challenge with AI is that understanding of what it is and its “insider language” is not widely understood. In this series  we will cover AI language from A to Z. 

    In Part IV we cover G to L.


    • Garbage in, garbage out (GIGO). GIGO is a concept in computer science that states the quality of a system's output is based on the quality of the input. If the input is trash, the output will be trash. If AI is trained on low-quality data, then the user can expect its output to be shoddy as well.
    • Generative adversarial network (GAN). A GAN is a type of machine learning that consists of two neural networks: one that generates data and one that discriminates and refines the data. The two neural networks compete to create more accurate predictions.
    • Generative AI. Generative AI is an artificial intelligence technology that creates content by learning patterns in training data and synthesizing new material with the same learned characteristics.
    • Graphics processing unit (GPU). A GPU is a type of processor that is suited to powering AI hardware because it can perform more simultaneous computations than a CPU.
    • Generative pre-trained transformer (GPT). GPTs are the AI algorithms that power some of the most well-known natural language processing and generative algorithms. GPT-3, GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 are examples of the GPT family of algorithms. They were developed by OpenAI.
    • Hallucination. An AI hallucination is when an AI system presents false information framed as the truth. For example, a chatbot prompted to write a five-page research report with citations and links might generate fake links that appear real but lead nowhere or fabricate quotes from public figures as evidence. A deepfake is different than a hallucination in that it is intentionally created as a hoax to trick the viewer.
    • Hyperparameter tuning. The process of selecting the best values for the parameters that control the behavior of a machine learning algorithm, such as the learning rate or the number of hidden layers.
    • Hypnotize. A prompt injection attack where bad actors inject the prompt to hypnotize an LLM. This can be used to leak confidential information, create vulnerable code, create malicious code, and offer weak security recommendations.
    • Knowledge engineering. Knowledge engineering is the field of AI that aims to emulate a human expert's knowledge in a certain field.
    • Large language model (LLM). LLMs are deep learning algorithms that understand, summarize, generate and predict new content. They typically contain many parameters and are trained on a large corpus of unlabeled text. GPT-3 is an LLM.
    • Large Language Model Meta AI (LLaMA). LLaMA is an open source LLM released by Meta.

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    Artificial Intelligence A to Z Part III


    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been at the top of technology-conversations during 2023. AI suggests many opportunities for innovation as it is worked into applications that make use of large datasets. Patterns learned by AI can result in better...

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been at the top of technology-conversations during 2023. AI suggests many opportunities for innovation as it is worked into applications that make use of large datasets. Patterns learned by AI can result in better human-computer experiences, diagnosis, content creation, pattern predictions and improved workflow. As a tech, AI is such a pervasive game-changer that its emergence is leading to rethinking of laws, industry norms as the court of public opinion raises their concerns. A challenge with AI is that understanding of what it is and its “insider language” is not widely understood. In this series  we will cover AI language from A to Z. 

    In Part III we cover Dall-E to F.

    • Dall-E. Dall-E and DALL-E2 is OpenAI's AI-powered image generator. Users submit a text prompt, and the AI tool generates a corresponding image.
    • Deepfake. A deepfake is a convincing AI-generated image, audio or video hoax. A deepfake can be entirely original content that shows someone doing or saying something they didn't do or say. They can also depict fake news events. A deepfake of the Pentagon exploding went viral in May 2023 and had a tangible effect on the stock market.
    • Deep learning. Deep learning is a type of machine learning that imitates the way humans gain certain types of knowledge.
    • Embodied agents. Embodied agents, also referred to as embodied AI, are AI agents with a physical body that perform specific tasks in the physical environment.
    • Emergence. Emergence describes capabilities that arise in AI systems unpredictably as they become more complex. A system's emergent properties are not observable in its individual parts.
    • EU AI Act. The EU AI Act is a regulatory framework for responsible AI deployment in a way that doesn't conflict with data privacy rights.
    • Expert system. Expert systems are AI systems used to simulate the judgment or behavior of a human expert.
    • Explainable AI (XAI). AI systems that can explain their rationale, workings, and decision-making process to human users to improve transparency.
    • Firefly. Adobe’s generative AI that is used to create royalty free images based on prompts.
    • Fréchet inception distance (FID). FID is a metric for evaluating the quality of images created by generative AI.

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    Artificial Intelligence: A to Z Part II


    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been at the top of technology-conversations during 2023. AI suggests many opportunities for innovation as it is worked into applications that make use of large datasets. Patterns learned by AI can result in better...

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been at the top of technology-conversations during 2023. AI suggests many opportunities for innovation as it is worked into applications that make use of large datasets. Patterns learned by AI can result in better human-computer experiences, diagnosis, content creation, pattern predictions and improved workflow. As a tech, AI is such a pervasive game-changer that its emergence is leading to rethinking of laws, industry norms as the court of public opinion raises their concerns. A challenge with AI is that understanding of what it is and its “insider language” is not widely understood. In this series  we will cover AI language from A to Z. 

    In Part II we cover C to Data validation.

    • ChatGPT. ChatGPT is a chatbot from OpenAI that inspired a wave of public attention directed toward large language models and generative AI. It uses algorithms to produce text responses to user input in natural language.
    • Chatbot. A chatbot is an AI-powered tool designed to communicate with people in a conversational way. ChatGPT is an example of a chatbot. Generative AI chatbots are sometimes used as an alternative to search engines for information retrieval.
    • Cognitive computing. Cognitive computing is essentially the same as AI. It’s a computerized model that focuses on mimicking human thought processes such as pattern recognition and learning. Marketing teams sometimes use this term to eliminate the sci-fi mystique of AI.
    • Computer vision. Computer vision is an interdisciplinary field of science and technology that focuses on how computers can gain understanding from images and videos. For AI engineers, computer vision allows them to automate activities that the human visual system typically performs.
    • Constitutional AI. Constitutional AI trains AI systems to align with a set of values or principles as defined in a constitution. This approach was developed by AI startup Anthropic.
    • Convolutional neural network (CNN). CNNs are a subset technology of machine learning and deep learning that are used in computer vision.
    • Corpus. A corpus is a large data set of written or spoken words that is used to train language models.
    • Copilot. Copilot is the brand name of Microsoft's suite of AI-assisted workplace products.
    • Cutoff date. The cutoff date is the date at which the model's information ends. AI models can't recall information past the cutoff date. For example, GPT-3.5's cutoff date is September 2021.
    • Data mining. Data mining is the process of searching for data and looking for patterns within a large data set to extract useful information. Names of entities in the data set are one example of data that mining processes can extract.
    • Data scraping. The process of an AI gathering information from the internet and using it as the input for learning.  Outputs of generative AI are often based on the scraping of images, text, and audio pulled from the internet.
    • Data validation. Data validation is the process of checking the quality of data before using it to develop and train AI models.

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