Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Quite a good summary and discussion of the OECD's new program on assessing the capacities of artificial intelligence (AI) with an eye both to assessing those capacities in the future and thereby identifying where human skills will be needed, as documented in its AI and the Future of Skills report. I'm more interested in Williamson's comments (mostly because I think OECD will underestimate what AI can do). This is the most important bit: "the first implication of the project, then, is its emphasis on ‘skills’ as a core concern in education systems... potentially displacing other accounts of the purposes and priorities of education as a social institution... the OECD is establishing a new kind of ‘human-computer interaction capital’ as the aim of education systems."

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