AI and VET: MOOC update

I have spent a little time this morning looking at who participated in the MOOC we ran November and December last year on Artifical Intelligence and Vocational Education and Training. The MOOC was part of the Taccle AI project, funded under the Erasmus+ programme, which has just come to an end. There were 246 enrolled participants in the German speaking MOOC and 154 in the English language version. As might be expected most of the participants in the German language MOOC were from German speaking countries. 204 were from Germany and 29 from Switzerland. There were three participants each from […]

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Clarifying AI ethics

It seems like nearly every day there is a new publication or report about AI and ethics. This is all very good but I am not sure we need more ethics frameworks, rather we need ethical practice. And this is what the JISC publication ‘A pathway towards responsible, ethical AI’ is focused on. Jisc says: Discussions of artificial intelligence (AI) often jump straight to “ethics”. But there may be a better way. Asking simpler questions first may show that a proposal or product isn’t a good fit for the institution anyway. But if it is, the answers to those questions, […]

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Jobs of 270000 shopworkers in UK at threat from AI

Photo by Nathália Rosa on Unsplash I’m old enough to remember the first supermarket, Fine Fare, arriving in my hometown, Swindon. I guess it was sometime in the 1950s. And I remember prior to that my mother queuing in the grocery store for a counter assistant who would go and get whatever was on the shopping list (as long as we had sufficient ration coupons). Of course supermarkets totally changed the world of shops and as importantly the work of the employees. Fast forward to the 1990s. I won a bet (for three beers) with my colleague Professor Gerald Heidegger […]

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Better Images of AI

Alan Warburton / Better Images of AI / Quantified Human / CC-BY 4.0 The image above is taken from a new repository and web site called Better Images of AI The predominance of sci-fi inspired and anthropomorphised images, and the lack of readily accessible alternative images or ideas, make it hard to communicate accurately about AI. This matters because without wider public comprehension of AI technologies, applications and governance, many people are left in the dark as to the important changes that impact their lives. These AI images also add to the public mistrust of AI, a growing problem for […]

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