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Data big and small have come to education, from creating online platforms to increasing standardised assessments. shutterstock

Artificial intelligence holds great potential for both students and teachers – but only if used wisely

We should consider how artificial intelligence will impact how we teach, what we teach, and its potential to ethically support innovation and improvement in education.
Prometheus statue at Rockefeller Center, Manhattan. The inscription behind it is a paraphrase of Aeschylus that reads: “Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends”. Wikimedia

Internet of Things: between panacea and paranoia

How the idea of a hyper-connected society could quickly go from utopia to dystopia and why neither scenario is likely to last.
This image was produced by the AI algorithm of the neural network ‘Deep Dream Generator’. lylejk/flickr

Is artificial intelligence a (job) killer?

Dire dystopian predictions aside, the real danger of artificial intelligence is not the notorious "AI singularity" but job loss and misuse by malevolent people.
The future of citizenship is more distributed, interactive and local than dealing with central government through new technology. That may be sad news for those who wish to interact with the likes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in virtual reality if not in person. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

Canada in 150 years: People power will shake up society

The disruptive impact of intelligent machines and new social movements will force us to remake citizenship into a more personal pursuit over the next 150 years.
Canada in 2167 could see genetically engineered humans living alongside sentient machines in cities radically altered by ecological change. (Shutterstock)

Humans in 2167: Internet implants and no sleep

By 2167, genetically designed, digitally enhanced humans with Internet-connected brains will live with intelligent machines in a transformed environment and maybe even among the stars.
People gather in Montreal to demand a $15 minimum hourly wage in Quebec and across Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

Minimum wage hike ignores impact of Artificial Intelligence

The minimum wage is rising in many parts of Canada, but it masks the impact of seismic changes to the agriculture, food and retail industries brought about by new technologies.
One down, two to go: Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo wins the first game of Go against Chinese grandmaster player Ke Jie, in May 2017. EPA/Wu Hong

No more playing games: AlphaGo AI to tackle some real world challenges

The artificial intelligence that beat a world master at the game of Go is now to be directed at more complex global problems. So what can we expect?
Imagine a world where artificial intelligence is in control and humans are brink of extinction. What went wrong? What could we have done? Shutterstock

No problem too big #1: Artificial intelligence and killer robots

No problem too big #1: Artificial intelligence and killer robots. The Conversation, CC BY-SA62 MB (download)
In this special Speaking With podcast episode, a panel of artists and researchers speculates on the end of the world due to artificial intelligence and killer robots, as though it has already happened.

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