People and Machines

One of the results of the rapid deployment of Artificial Intelligence is an increased focus on the relation between humans and machines. The Economist has published a podcast of an interview with Nobel prize-winning author asking about what his new book “Klara and the Sun” reveals about people’s relationship with machines. They say “he argues that people’s relationship to machines will eventually change the way they think of themselves as individuals.” And the University of Westminster Press have published a new book, Marx and Digital Machines: Alienation, Technology, Capitalism, by Mike Healy. This book explores the fundamental contradiction at the […]

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Keynote presentations released as Open Educational Resources

Tony Bates has released a series of five 40-50 minute keynotes which an be downloaded without cost from the Commonwealth of Learning’s online institutional repository for learning resources and publications, OAsis, under a Creative Commons license. The subjects of the keynotes are: Developing quality blended learning courses Digital learning and the new economy New technologies and their potential and limitations for teaching and learning Ten lessons for online learning from the Covid-19 experience (based on research findings) Online learning in the (k-12) school sector The intention is that these can be streamed during virtual conferences, included in education and training […]

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Keynote presentations released as Open Educational Resources

Tony Bates has released a series of five 40-50 minute keynotes which an be downloaded without cost from the Commonwealth of Learning’s online institutional repository for learning resources and publications, OAsis, under a Creative Commons license. The subjects of the keynotes are: Developing quality blended learning courses Digital learning and the new economy New technologies […]

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Artificial Intelligence degrees

The UK operates a central university admissions service, called UCAS. Today they have released their analysis of institutional and subject admissions for 2020. In an article in the online Higher Education newspaper, WONKHE, Sander Kristel, Chief Operations Officer at UCAS, points out some of  the more striking features of the data. He reports that Artificial Intelligence degrees have grown by more than 400 per cent in the past decade – from just 65 acceptances in 2011 to 355 acceptances in 2020. As he says: This growth will be music to the ears of employers according to research from the Industrial Strategy […]

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