Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This is the transcript of a talk devoted to showing how people have lost faith in the idea that data will solve the problems of 21st century education and technology. "We’re now learning some hard lessons from the rapid expansion of data analytics, algorithms, and AI across society," writes Ben Williamson. "For many educators and students alike, education is more than the numbers in an adaptive, personalized learning platform, and includes non-quantifiable relationships, interactions, discussion, and thinking." There are some good points overall in this article, but I do want to sound the cautionary note that the emphasis on ethics not be the solution everyone thinks it will be. We don't have agreement on ethics, on what counts as good, nor what counts as right, nor even what counts as relevant.

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