Towards the Present of Artificial Intelligence in Education
This Webinar Series is entitled “the Future of AI in Education and Training.” Previous talks have described some of the emerging marvels made possible by advanced technologies when informed by cognitive, motivational, social, linguistic, and other aspects of human learning. But they typically rely on resources taken for granted in developed countries, including reliable electricity, fast WiFi, high-bandwidth web access, powerful computers, sophisticated sensors, and expert technical support to keep it all working. These resources are scarce or absent in most of the world. Nevertheless, artificial intelligence has tremendous potential to improve education in developing countries because even rudimentary capabilities could make such an enormous difference in the lives of children who have little or no access to effective schools. So although this series is about the future of AI in education, this talk is about its “present,” in both senses – its current state, and the tremendous gift it could offer: a world-class education for every child on the planet. The talk will present some predictions and prescriptions based on the presenter’s decades of experience with Project LISTEN’s Reading Tutor and its successor RoboTutor, a $1M Finalist in the Global Learning XPRIZE competition to develop an open-source tablet app that teaches basic literacy and numeracy.

Mar 7, 2019 1:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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