How artificial intelligence is about to disrupt higher education

Ollivier Dyens, Informatics in Education, Apr 30, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is an almost alarmist artticle describing how AI and big data will combine to perform most educational functions currently performed by humans. "For example, most universities today struggle with mental health issues and with retention and graduation rates. Use Big Data, crush the numbers in specialized AI software, and soon the narrative of why and how mental health issues appear, of why some students persist and some not, will become clear, predictable and operational." If it's any consolation, actually creating systems that perform such tasks will take considerable art and ingenuity, so there will still be work left for us humans to do. But of course our students cannot undertake these future jobs with yesterday's skills.

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