Making Room for Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom

Avron Barr, Jul 11, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This presentation describes some of the work on the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee (LTSC). There's downloadable audio and video, and also an embed version that's too slow to try to put into the newsletter. The actual presentation starts at 3:50 of the video and the audio is good. The three major messages: AI is coming, data interoperability standards will be required, and we need to rethink school and learning ahead of the disruption. The video shows only the slides (which include a little bit of embedded video).

 Just as an aside: at one point Barr described an algorithm that detects emotions based on facial recognition. Though it has been argued that there are universal expressions emotions across cultures (c.f. Ekman's Atlas of Emotions), other research is arguing that this is not the case. Indeed, it has been argues that people experience emoptions differently across cultures. So we need to exercise caution when we design AI to detect emotions, ensuring at a minimum that training data is cross-cultural and representative.

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