Global L&D Manager
LEO Learning and Learning
The AI apocalypse is now
This is the final article in a series of three 'The
future-present of blended learning'.
Part 1 looked at Flipped Learning - what it is,
where it comes from and why it's still relevant.
Part 2 looked at a present-day case study and
the importance of measurement. This article
focuses on 'the modern blend'- social learning,
ecosystems and analytics.
As a sci-fi fan, 2018 kicked off nicely via the LT
conference keynote which focussed on how
advances in science and technology could
transform the ways we live, work and learn.
The keynote led to the crescendo prediction
that we will all be made redundant by AI and
the one comfort is that we'll have more time to
The timorous trickle of questions from the floor
afterwards showed how successful the
speaker had been at frightening some of the
delegates, who were maybe blindsided by the
threat of traumatic change. Truth is: we already
exist within 'future histories'. The technologies
we use now were invented years ago. Our
world is the future-present of playing catch up.
Digital natives vs traditional
Some say that people can be split into two
groups: those born in the 'physical' world, and
those 'born digital'.
The latter (from millennials onwards) are
described as 'techno-progressive' -
apparently, they don't see cars or buildings;
they see data. The evolutionary scenario for
the future of schooling goes one step further,
describing children as 'techno-economic
I attended a fascinating discussion at 'Reasons
to be Creative' in September about how
algorithms left to their own devices can contain
bias and cause trauma. The example for
consideration was the Facebook video
animation that pulls you and your mates' 'best
bits' of the year together and presents it as an
option for you to share. We were asked: what
effect could this seemingly innocuous
automated feed have on you if, for example,
your friend has died?
This was not just an ethical question but a
consideration of reality - 'dead' Facebook
accounts will soon outnumber 'live' ones.
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