AI & Post- Human-ism

After reading the latest report on Innovating pedagogy some ideas came to mind.

Using AI to streamline processes for better service levels is great for Higher Education.

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Blockchains to automate the transfer of credits and learning opportunities across universities is positive and that it can be used to register IPR’s within education research so that it can be tracked on what sort of impact it has had is great too. Using AI to enable smart buildings for new ideas in modern smart learning spaces to encourage collaborative active learning, yes, but taking Artificial Intelligence into the classroom for teaching and learning? Hmmm….
Research implies that outsourcing tasks to a machine, makes people dumber and the ability to multi-task reduces. A good teacher will give students several ways to solve a problem a machine will offer one stand-alone solution.
Will we be robbing the students with interactions with the teacher, the personal guidance and flexibility of a student’s mind? Soft skills like dependability integrity, reliability and teamwork are what companies are looking for which are not something you can learn with suggestions from a machine.
With AI comes high costs – implementation and maintenance will need constant upgrading and eventual procurements. We have seen how much costs, time and energy it has taken with the implementation of Learning Management Systems can Higher Education afford AI as well?

After reading the report I did some searching as you do and found a great podcast by Stefan Herbrechter (link below) he said “If you look at the word “post-human-ism”, it contains three elements: there’s the human in the middle, there’s the “post-” in front of it, and there’s an “-ism” at the end. It basically means we’re no longer happy with humanist ways of defining what it means to be human. It’s one of the greatest fears of humans: how to make sure you’re human and not a machine”.

With education at the moment we are teaching our students to be (good) humans so that they can be successful as a great human in their chosen professions, if we move forward with replacing some teaching with robots, one can only imagine how the replacement of teachers by robots would be met by faculty. Like the industrial revolution that effected many back in the day and I can remember it well in UK, where people were replaced by machines there were strikes and wars. As well as students protesting about climate change teachers can also start movements and protests and I am sure there will be.


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