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John Evans

Bots in Your Future - TCEA Blog - 0 views

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    "he growth of artificial intelligence the past few years has led to the creation of bots that are growing in use today. A bot is an automated program that runs over the internet. Some bots run automatically while others operate only when given a specific input.

    The largest number of bots currently working are in the social media area. These include bots for Facebook Messenger and chats. Bots have also been created though for devices like Amazon's Alexis and for Slack ad Skype. Even LEGO has a bot running on their Facebook page. Eventually, bots will make their way into education. But until then, here are some that you might want to learn more about."
John Evans

Forbes Insights AI: Issue 1 - 1 views

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    "Over the next several months, across six issues, Forbes Insights and Intel will tap leading voices, highlight emerging trends and showcase compelling research to create a 360-degree look at artificial intelligence. Get started on this journey with issue one below."
John Evans

Elon Musk Urges People to Watch Chris Paine's A.I. Movie While It's Free | Inverse - 1 views

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    "Elon Musk is concerned about the future of humanity. The tech entrepreneur shared a link with his 21 million Twitter followers Friday morning, urging them to watch Chris Paine's latest movie Do You Trust This Computer?. Musk wrote that "nothing will affect the future of humanity more than digital super-intelligence," while paying homage to the late Stephen Hawking that shared the same concerns.


    Paine's movie, available for free streaming until Sunday night, looks at how machine intelligence has become a pervasive part of everyday lives. It also explores how users trust smartphones and social networking with their data, an issue that's seen newfound attention in recent weeks as it emerged that Cambridge Analytica may have harvested 87 million Facebook users' data. Paine shared a trailer for the movie on its Facebook page - unlike Musk, it seems Paine has yet to fully sign up to the #DeleteFacebook movement spurred by the Cambridge Analytica scandal:"
John Evans

The Future of Work: Will Our Children Be Prepared? - YouTube - 1 views

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    "A test-driven standardized model of education trains children for a world that no longer exists. Accelerating advances in technology are eliminating any job that is routine, leaving millions of young adults vulnerable. This is the Future of Work? What do we need to do to prepare children for this world?"
John Evans

Artificial Intelligence: Implications for the Future of Education - 2 views

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    "Have you noticed more discussion recently about Artificial Intelligence or AI? When first hearing "Artificial Intelligence" is there an image that pops into your mind? Is it something that you can easily define? Perhaps your understanding/reference point is something you've seen in the movies. For myself, being an 80s child, my initial frame of reference is Star Wars, I immediately think of R2D2 or C3PO. My mind then wanders to thoughts of "I, Robot" starring Will Smith, in which the robots developed the capacity to think like humans, to feel and to take action on their own. And more currently, I think of the Alexa, Echo, Siri and others that have gained popularity, even more so recently. But what is the true meaning of AI and how do we see it in daily life?"
Phil Taylor

The 6 Questions We Should Be Asking About the Future of Learning | LinkedIn - 2 views

  •  We used technology like people do at work – as a tool to helps us get our job done, learn and conduct research, and to connect and collaborate, to build communication skills, and to solve problems. The big insight: technology can power deeper learning.
  • These questions don’t center upon, nor are they dependent on, technology, though if technology is an integral part of our lives, some of the answers to these questions might lie in the use of technology.
John Evans

The Five Most Amazing Things That Were 3-D-Printed This Year - MIT Technology Review - 3 views

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    "dditive manufacturing has been hyped for years. But in 2017 much of its promise materialized: 3-D printing took a series of big steps out of the realm of niche prototyping and into the world of mass manufacturing. Here's a look at some of the most impressive things 3-D printers made this year, as well as what their creations portend for the future."
John Evans

The Future of Fake News | Edutopia - 1 views

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    "New audio and video software will make media manipulations harder to detect. These essential media literacy questions can help."
John Evans

Advancing Computational Thinking Across K-12 Education - Digital Promise - 0 views

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    "Thanks to the successes of campaigns like the Hour of Code and this week's Computer Science Education Week, educators, policymakers, and families around the country are realizing the value of coding and computer science in K-12 education. But how do "code," "computer science," and, "computational thinking," fit together? What is motivating their introduction into schools, and how might they change education?"
John Evans

Will Robots Take Our Children's Jobs? - The New York Times - 1 views

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    "Like a lot of children, my sons, Toby, 7, and Anton, 4, are obsessed with robots. In the children's books they devour at bedtime, happy, helpful robots pop up more often than even dragons or dinosaurs. The other day I asked Toby why children like robots so much.

    "Because they work for you," he said.

    What I didn't have the heart to tell him is, someday he might work for them - or, I fear, might not work at all, because of them.

    It is not just Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking who are freaking out about the rise of invincible machines. Yes, robots have the potential to outsmart us and destroy the human race. But first, artificial intelligence could make countless professions obsolete by the time my sons reach their 20s."
John Evans

The Future of Coding in Schools | Edutopia - 1 views

  • Very few people grow up to be professional writers, but we teach everyone to write because it’s a way of communicating with others—of organizing your thoughts and expressing your ideas. I think the reasons for learning to code are the same as the reasons for learning to write. When we learn to write, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas. And when we learn to code, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas in new ways, in a new medium.
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    "Mitch Resnick, one of the creators of Scratch, on why he thinks coding should be taught in all schools-it's not the reason you'd expect."
John Evans

New CBC creative writing challenge invites students to imagine Canada's future in 150 y... - 2 views

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    "The First Page is a brand new creative writing challenge for students in Grades 7 to 12, created by CBC Books.
    The challenge? We want students to give us a glimpse of the great Canadian novel of the year 2167. Write the first page of a book set 150 years in the future, with the protagonist facing an issue that's topical today and setting the scene for how it's all playing out in a century and a half."
John Evans

​Engineers, Recruiters and Professors Weigh In: Future Programmers Need Writi... - 1 views

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    "Coding and computer science have yet to make their way into every school curriculum in the U.S. But the country isn't short on initiatives-such as Google's Code Next program or the White House's Obama era Computer Science For All campaign-which aim to change that.

    And while these programs attempt to arm students will the ability to code, they sometimes overlook a critical skill that developers, computer science scholars and tech recruiters say is key to landing a job in their field: writing."
John Evans

The new industrial revolution: robots are an opportunity, not a threat - 1 views

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    "Invasion. Takeover. These are the kind of words that have been bandied about in news headlines about robotics and artificial intelligence in the last few years. The coverage has been almost relentlessly negative, focusing on the threat to jobs, squeezing out the human component. While such potential is there, if robotics and AI do become a threat, then we believe this would be a threat of society's own choosing."
John Evans

So, What IS the Future of Work? | EdSurge News - 3 views

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    "For many attending the Future of Work symposium on Wednesday, there wasn't any question whether automation is going to take over jobs-but rather when, and how education should respond.

    Hosted at Stanford University, the day-long event brought together dozens of minds who are thinking about what careers and skills students need to prepare for, and how an increasingly digital higher-education system will need to adapt to help get them there. Speakers including edX CEO Anant Agarwal, associate dean and director of Stanford's Diversity and First-Gen office Dereca Blackmon, and Deborah Quazzo, a co-founder of investment firm GSV, shared their ideas on what that might look like.

    Here are a few major themes we heard throughout the day:"
John Evans

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Books | The... - 0 views

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    "It's important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members' interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I'm going to tell you that libraries are important. I'm going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. I'm going to make an impassioned plea for people to understand what libraries and librarians are, and to preserve both of these things."
John Evans

Coding may not be all it's cracked up to be when it comes to getting a job in the futur... - 1 views

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    "Coding is, apparently, the new language we all need to learn. It's billed as essential by the likes of Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking.

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra calls coding a "core skill" that you need to learn if you want a high-paying job.

    But what if this emphasis on coding is distracting us from teaching kids about other, more important things that they'll actually need for the jobs of the future?

    Marina Gorbis, executive director of the Institute for the Future, sees this obsession with coding as the equivalent of putting all our eggs into one basket."
John Evans

Informing your PD efforts: New ISTE Standards for Educators and Future Ready Frameworks... - 2 views

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    "As the 2017/2018 school year approaches, it would be good to know about a couple of documents/frameworks that will be influencing the ways we teach with, learn with and support our classroom educator and coach partners."
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