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Learning with Artificial Intelligence (AI): 3 myths debunked

“All AI is not biased. All humans are” - Donald Clark - EdTech Entrepreneur, speaker and blogger

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the future. It transforms the way we learn, what we learn and why we learn. Do you want to ride the AI train and create an intelligent learning environment for your end users? To start you off on the right track, we’ll present three common AI misconceptions that blogger and learning expert Donald Clark debunked at Xylos Inspire.

Myth 1: AI is biased 

When people talk about AI, you’re likely to hear the word ‘bias’. This isn’t too surprising, because as humans, we’re all slightly biased ourselves. Psychologist and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman once listed some of the biases we’re born with and that are difficult to shake off. The educational policy is socio-economically biased because those who create it prefer a certain type of education. As a result, our ways of teaching are biased. But AI isn’t; we set the goal and the way to reach it, AI guides the practical application.  “Let’s not focus exclusively on this bias. Instead, we should minimise it and look at AI as a business advantage”, says Donald.

Myth 2: AI reigns supreme

By constantly focusing on bias, we create the fear that AI will wrest control of our own computer systems – and, by extension, our learning programmes – from us. But AI doesn’t work that way: we humans determine how AI can help us, so let’s put it to good use. In Donald’s words: “AI won’t replace you, it’ll support you”.

Myth 3: AI is impersonal

Some are quick to say that they’ll stay far away from AI, but they might not realise that AI has already made its way into our daily lives. We use it whenever we click suggestions made by Google, Amazon, social media, online dating apps, Netflix or Spotify. That’s right: our online experience is often guided by AI-driven services – the AI is just not always visible. It adapts to us, like a GPS maps out the best route to your destination. This adaptability is exactly what makes AI useful in a learning environment. If you have enough data at your disposal, you can use behavioural algorithms to deliver adaptive one-on-one learning formulas for your end users. “AI will considerably improve learning results in our environment”, Donald explains.

Did you know that Xylos and its partner Microsoft founded the first AI academy in Belgium?

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