#EduAI21

During our media literacy Twitter conference #SMILED21 I jokingly suggested that Pontydysgu had enough AI projects in progress to run a conference on its own. We haven’t, quite, and a conference is no fun without the opportunity to find out, probe, query and be inspired by what everyone else is up to. So here it is; #EduAI21 – Bridging the gap between research and practice for AI in education An unconference style event run on Twitter, #EduAI21 aims to bring researchers and practitioners together, presenting accessible research, information, chalk-face experiences, real life case studies and cutting edge technologies around the […]

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Teaching Machines

I’ve just finished reading Audrey Watters long awaited book, ‘Teaching Machines’. I would have read it earlier but it is difficult to get,at least in Spain, taking four weeks to reach me courtesy of Blackwell in Oxford. And it is every bit as good as others have said. It is rare that I get so engrossed in what is  for me a ‘work book’, but Audrey really is a  very good writer. Anyway here are my eight main take aways from the book. Ed-tech is not a recent invention. There is a clear line of development between the mechanical teaching […]

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Are people better than AI?

I am struggling with the wealth of distractions that twitter and the web offer up each day. I’ve even taking to getting up earlier to have more time to read in the mornings. Anyway here is one of today’s offerings, courtesy of Bloomberg Opinion. Parmy Olson has written an article entitled “Much Artificial Intelligence Is Still People Behind a Screen.” She says: The practice of hiding human input in AI systems still remains an open secret among those who work in machine learning and AI. A 2019 analysis of tech startups in Europe by London-based MMC Ventures even found that […]

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