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Stephen Downes

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John Warner compares the promises made by AI and personalized learning vendors with tne owner of the blood testing 'vaporware' product Theranos. "Through a combination of secrecy, lies, flattery, and intimidation, she maintained a fiction about having developed a truly revolutionary piece of technology." There was no requirement that the product actually work; her customers were venture capitalists, who only need to be sold on the idea. Theranos was revealed only after the Hippocratic Oath forced insiders to come clean. "I'm thinking we should have a similar "first do no harm" threshold for introducing technology into the classroom," writes Warner. This is an idea that has been around for a while, and I think it's a good one.

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