A couple of weeks ago, the University of Alberta unveiled a new course called “Zero Knowledge Proofing.”
The idea is to use algorithms to “create a digital document without knowing what is on it,” according to the U. of A. “It’s a kind of online version of an academic paper.”
But the course is only available in Alberta.
The program’s description on the U of A website also says: Students will learn how to write proofs of their own knowledge using Google Scholar, Wikipedia, the Web of Science, the Cambridge Web of Knowledge, and other online sources.
In this way, the university hopes to “provide an introduction to digital knowledge creation, and teach students how to build their own online knowledge repository.”
The course is offered in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean.
For the past year, the U, and the university, have been working to create a platform for “zero knowledge proofs,” or SQP.
As with many other research-focused technologies, the idea of zero- knowledge proofs has caught the attention of academia, as well as the tech community.
According to a U of Alberta news release, the course, which is offered online and in-person, “is a hybrid approach to solving the problem of zero knowledge proofs.
Rather than creating a computer program that performs a proof, students will learn through the power of Google Scholar and other open-source tools to write their own proofs of knowledge.”
The university says it is “working with the industry and academic community to bring this course to the United States.”
To learn more about Google Scholar (or “Google Scholar,” as it’s known in Canada) and the “Google Knowledge Graph,” read our coverage of the Google Scholar API.
If you’re a newbie to the world of knowledge, or if you just want to start out, Google Scholar is a great place to start.
It’s free, has a very comprehensive API, and has a strong track record of supporting research.
You can learn more at Google.org/sql.
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