#132 – Artificial Intelligence in Education
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This episode was recorded at The Edtech Podcast Festival 2018 and is sponsored by the Ufi Charitable Trust and rounds off another year of AMAZING EPISODES. This one is particularly good! .
Thank you to Ufi for supporting our mission to improve the dialogue between ed and tech for better innovation and impact. Thanks also to The Tech’s Message Podcast for leading the LIVE discussion. You can register your interest for the next festival here. 🙌
What’s in this episode?
This week we have the final episode of the Ufi Upskilling mini-series on The Edtech Podcast. This series takes a bite-size look at technologies in work-place training which are changing the ways we learn and thrive. This week, we look at artificial intelligence in adult education.
What else? This week’s main feature is a LIVE podcast discussion on how AI can help in education, including the need to maintain a balance between a reliance on computers and human interaction.
Finally, we touch base with two educators concerned about balancing the huge potential of AI with some deep understanding of the implicated risks.
- Sophie Bailey is the Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast | Twitter: @podcastedtech
- Sir Antony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham | Twitter: @AnthonySeldon
- Joe Fatheree, Teacher, Filmmaker, Writer, Consultant | Twitter: @josephfatheree
- Ufi upskilling mini-series on The Edtech Podcast:
- Liz Dobree, Chief Impact Officer, at the Ufi Charitable Trust | Twitter: @UfiTrust
- David Hore, Managing Director, Fluence World | Twitter: @DavidHore
- LIVE podcast discussion from our podcast festival:
- Nate Lanxon, Founder, Ultra Education | Twitter: @NateLanxon
- Chesca Ooi, Strategic Partnerships Manager at CENTURY Tech | Twitter: @chesca_ooi
- Christina He, Investment Manager, Navitas Ventures | Twitter: @navitasventures
- Benedict du Boulay, Emeritus Professor of AI, University of Sussex
About the Ufi Charitable Trust
Our aim is to help improve vocational skills in the UK’s workforce by funding digital solutions for vocational learning. We only fund activity that is ‘scalable’ through technology, ie projects that use digital methods to widen access to vocational learning. While digital learning solutions are potentially open to all, we are especially keen to assist digital projects which involve post school age vocational learners that have failed to be engaged by the education system.
News, events and funding: https://www.ufi.co.uk/
Quotes from this episode
Sir Anthony Seldon
“AI is going to take the sophistication and the risks to far far higher levels”
“we are in a very difficult world but one that we have to work together and internationally and with united nations to establish frameworks to protect humanity and to allow this wonderful invention of AI to benefit everybody”
“I believe we need to move forward but with a degree of caution”
“I think practising classroom teachers need to be involved imminently with protocols and policies that will ensure the safety of children for generations to come”
“What AI enables us to do is that big data piece being able to process on a sheer scale that would not otherwise be possible”
“It’s having huge benefits in terms of the way it can match up the skills”
“Unlike traditional courses a vocational qualification is based on making someone ready for a specific function”
“We just don’t have time to teach everything. The other element of adult learning is that when you’re teaching people there’s a lot more room for confusion”
“If you can make learning very specific to the specific job they are trying to get then you will actually keep people more interested in the process of learning.”
Ben du Boulay
“I always go to the check out personally because i like the interaction.”
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