AI and VET: MOOC update

I have spent a little time this morning looking at who participated in the MOOC we ran November and December last year on Artifical Intelligence and Vocational Education and Training. The MOOC was part of the Taccle AI project, funded under the Erasmus+ programme, which has just come to an end. There were 246 enrolled participants in the German speaking MOOC and 154 in the English language version. As might be expected most of the participants in the German language MOOC were from German speaking countries. 204 were from Germany and 29 from Switzerland. There were three participants each from […]

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Clarifying AI ethics

It seems like nearly every day there is a new publication or report about AI and ethics. This is all very good but I am not sure we need more ethics frameworks, rather we need ethical practice. And this is what the JISC publication ‘A pathway towards responsible, ethical AI’ is focused on. Jisc says: Discussions of artificial intelligence (AI) often jump straight to “ethics”. But there may be a better way. Asking simpler questions first may show that a proposal or product isn’t a good fit for the institution anyway. But if it is, the answers to those questions, […]

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Better Images of AI

Alan Warburton / Better Images of AI / Quantified Human / CC-BY 4.0 The image above is taken from a new repository and web site called Better Images of AI The predominance of sci-fi inspired and anthropomorphised images, and the lack of readily accessible alternative images or ideas, make it hard to communicate accurately about AI. This matters because without wider public comprehension of AI technologies, applications and governance, many people are left in the dark as to the important changes that impact their lives. These AI images also add to the public mistrust of AI, a growing problem for […]

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What is AI today, may not be so tomorrow

Creative Commons have set up four working groups on the Future of Open which have just reported. The working groups are Artificial Intelligence and Open Content Internet Platform Liability Exception and Limitation to address Global Challenges Beyond Copyright: the Ethics of Open Sharing The Key Findings are being presented on 9 November at 1530 UTC and  copies of the Working Group reports can be found on the Creative Commons Medium channel. I have only read the report on Artificial Intelligence and AI so far. Its interesting particularly as they try to define AI to ascertain its potential copyright status. The […]

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Teaching Machines

I’ve just finished reading Audrey Watters long awaited book, ‘Teaching Machines’. I would have read it earlier but it is difficult to get,at least in Spain, taking four weeks to reach me courtesy of Blackwell in Oxford. And it is every bit as good as others have said. It is rare that I get so engrossed in what is  for me a ‘work book’, but Audrey really is a  very good writer. Anyway here are my eight main take aways from the book. Ed-tech is not a recent invention. There is a clear line of development between the mechanical teaching […]

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Are people better than AI?

I am struggling with the wealth of distractions that twitter and the web offer up each day. I’ve even taking to getting up earlier to have more time to read in the mornings. Anyway here is one of today’s offerings, courtesy of Bloomberg Opinion. Parmy Olson has written an article entitled “Much Artificial Intelligence Is Still People Behind a Screen.” She says: The practice of hiding human input in AI systems still remains an open secret among those who work in machine learning and AI. A 2019 analysis of tech startups in Europe by London-based MMC Ventures even found that […]

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