Dirk asked how we define ‘Digital Education’. I suggested dropping the word digital as it is now so enmeshed in our lives. (I think I should have said tautologous and prepend – so interesting how I replied quickly without proper reflection. Is that the ‘fault’ of Twitter in some sort of essentialist sense, or how we have come to adopt it as a society for quick and often impulsive bytes, or merely the fault of me 🙂 )
Automating Education and Teaching Machines Audrey Watters
“Can computers replace teachers?” The Atlantic recently asked. “Can AI replace student testing?” another publication queried. These sorts of headlines are appearing with increasing frequency. But do they reflect technological advances in “artificial intelligence”? Or are they reflections instead of culture and political desires to see education automated?
This talk will explore the history of “teaching machines” — a history that certainly pre-dates the latest hype about artificial intelligence. It will also examine the ideological (and technical) underpinnings of Silicon Valley’s recent push to automate — or as it calls it, “personalize” — education.
I liked this on YouTube to fix it on my lifestream so that I can watch it later.
via YouTube https://youtu.be/jJShaktigoo
I tweeted this article on transhumanism. What I found fascinating about it was that Randal Koene, a transhumanist, was asked by the interviewer
wouldn’t a radical fusion of ourselves with technology amount, in the end, to a final capitulation of the very idea of personhood?
Koene replied by saying
Hearing you say that makes it clear that there’s a major hurdle there for people. I’m more comfortable than you are with the idea, but that’s because I’ve been exposed to it for so long that I’ve just got used to it.
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