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  • Untitled September 24, 2021
    From the UK Open Data Institute: This week, the UK government launched its first ‘National AI Strategy’, which aims to position the country as the ‘best place to live and work with AI’. The 10-year plan includes things like investing in access to data, using AI to benefit all sectors and regions (including using it […]
    Graham Attwell
  • AIED2022 GENERAL CALL FOR PAPERS September 24, 2021
    The 23rd international conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education will take place between 27-31 July, 2022 at the University of Durham, UK and virtually. AIED2022 will be collocated with EDM2022. The AIED2022 theme will be: AI in Education: Bridging the gap between academia, business, and non-profit in preparing future-proof generations towards ubiquitous AI. The conference […]
    Graham Attwell
  • Empowering Learners for the Age of AI September 20, 2021
    Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash Empowering Learners for the Age of AI is a free, international online conference, organised by part of a national team from Australia representing leading researchers in the role of data, analytics and AI in learning, to empower both learners and teachers. They are seeking a public conversation to engage […]
    Graham Attwell
  • Data governance, management and infrastructure September 14, 2021
    Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash The big ed-tech news this week is the merger of Anthology, an educational management company, with Blackboard who produce learning technology. But as Stephen Downes said "It's funny, though - the more these companies grow and the wider their enterprise capabilities become, the less relevant they feel, to me […]
    Graham Attwell
  • Artificial Intelligence and ethics September 13, 2021
    I have written before that despite the obvious ethical issues posed by Artificial Intelligence in general - and particular issues for education - I am not convinced by the various frameworks setting down rubrics for ethics, often voluntarily and often  developed by professionals from within the AI industry. But I am encouraged by UK Association […]
    Graham Attwell
  • The teleology of ed tech? August 30, 2021
    We do far too few book reviews on this site and I am afraid this isn't going to be one either. Instead we are plugging an eagerly awaited (and very timely) book be ed-tech journalist Audrey Watters which was published by MIT Press about two weeks ago. The MIT press blurb says: How ed tech […]
    Graham Attwell
  • More on ethics and AI June 24, 2021
    The discussion over the ethics of AI is hotting up. And Pew have produced yet another report around this issue. This commentary comes from Stephen Downes in his indispensable OL Daily newsletter. This Pew report is essentially a collection of responses from experts on a set of questions related to ethics and AI (you can […]
    Graham Attwell
  • What do people think about Artificial Intelligence? June 18, 2021
      Pew surveys have released a new study on public attitudes about science-related issues. One of teh issues they examined were public attitudes towards Artificial Intelligence. They report: "Public sentiment about developments in artificial intelligence (AI) is mixed; majorities in most of the Asia-Pacific publics surveyed see AI as having a positive effect on society, […]
    Graham Attwell
  • The ideals and ethics of Artificial Intelligence May 26, 2021
    Along with Tim Berners Lee, Nigel Shadbolt is the founder of the UK Open Data Institute. In this podcast he talks about the ethics of AI. Mr Shadbolt says there is a growing renaissance of interest in the field of ethics and AI. Earlier this year, a new Institute for Ethics in AI was created […]
    Graham Attwell
  • An ethical framework for Learning Technology May 24, 2021
    The Association for Learning Technologies in the UK  (ALT) has the strategic aim of strengthening recognition and representation for Learning Technology professionals from all sectors. one of the priorities Members identified for this year is to develop an ethical framework for Learning Technology. They have developed a professional accreditation framework, CMALT, and last year extended […]
    Graham Attwell