The teleology of ed tech?

We do far too few book reviews on this site and I am afraid this isn’t going to be one either. Instead we are plugging an eagerly awaited (and very timely) book be ed-tech journalist Audrey Watters which was published by MIT Press about two weeks ago. The MIT press blurb says: How ed tech was born: Twentieth-century teaching machines—from Sidney Pressey’s mechanized test-giver to B. F. Skinner’s behaviorist bell-ringing box. Contrary to popular belief, ed tech did not begin with videos on the internet. The idea of technology that would allow students to “go at their own pace” did […]

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More on ethics and AI

The discussion over the ethics of AI is hotting up. And Pew have produced yet another report around this issue. This commentary comes from Stephen Downes in his indispensable OL Daily newsletter. This Pew report is essentially a collection of responses from experts on a set of questions related to ethics and AI (you can find my contribution on page 2). The question asked was, “By 2030, will most of the AI systems being used by organizations of all sorts employ ethical principles focused primarily on the public good?” The short answer was “no”, for a variety of reasons. That […]

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What do people think about Artificial Intelligence?

  Pew surveys have released a new study on public attitudes about science-related issues. One of teh issues they examined were public attitudes towards Artificial Intelligence. They report: “Public sentiment about developments in artificial intelligence (AI) is mixed; majorities in most of the Asia-Pacific publics surveyed see AI as having a positive effect on society, while views in places such as the Netherlands, the UK, Canada and the U.S. are closely divided on this issue. There are similar divides over the societal impact from workplace automation using robotics.” “Publics surveyed outside of Asia tend to be more divided over the […]

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The ideals and ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Along with Tim Berners Lee, Nick Shabolt is the founder of the UK Open Data Institute. In this podcast he talks about the ethics of AI. Mr Shadbolt says there is a growing renaissance of interest in the field of ethics and AI. Earlier this year, a new Institute for Ethics in AI was created at Oxford University with Mr Shadbolt as its chair. He says the institute’s aim is to examine the fairness and transparency of the many uses of AI so that they “empower and not oppress us”. “The algorithms and the data of scale can be really […]

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