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Joanna Kori

Global L&D Manager

LEO Learning and Learning

Technologies Group

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

be creative.

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

learners

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

learning objects'.

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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