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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I made a comment during a talk earlier this week (slides, audio coming soon) that we cannot become ethical people merely by avoiding risk. That's why I challenge risk-based definitions of ethics in AI research and practice. We have to hope for and work toward something better. That's at the core of a lot of punk-based rebellion, and I will confess, if it has 'punk' in the name, I'm probably on board, because it implies building and doing and making for yourself. With that preamble (emphasis on the 'amble') I introduce this paper, which tries to do better: "cultivating hopepunk and solarpunk attitudes within the field of higher education and educational technology, as well as rewidening and rewilding higher education using utopian imagination, the article (20 page PDF) points towards more hopeful, preferable futures for the people and the planet."

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