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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Jobs of 270000 shopworkers in UK at threat from AI

Photo by Nathália Rosa on Unsplash I’m old enough to remember the first supermarket, Fine Fare, arriving in my hometown, Swindon. I guess it was sometime in the 1950s. And I remember prior to that my mother queuing in the grocery store for a counter assistant who would go and get whatever was on the shopping list (as long as we had sufficient ration coupons). Of course supermarkets totally changed the world of shops and as importantly the work of the employees. Fast forward to the 1990s. I won a bet (for three beers) with my colleague Professor Gerald Heidegger […]

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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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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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