IBM’s Project Debater shows the advancement of AI

On a stage in San Francisco, IBM’s Project Debater spoke, listened and rebutted a human’s arguments in what was described as a groundbreaking display of artificial intelligence.   The machine drew from a library of “hundreds of millions” of documents – mostly newspaper articles and academic journals – to form its responses to a topic […]

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Is ed tech dead?

Mike Crowley (International School of Brussels) was part of the throng at ISTE ’18, but what he saw caused him to declare the death of ed tech.   The particular feature that pushed him over the edge was Google Forms Locked Mode. This will only be available on school-managed chromebooks, but it does address one of […]

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To stop cheating, Algeria turns off the internet

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As solutions go, it is certainly radical: in order to thwart a mass epidemic of cheating by students taking their school leaving exams, Algeria shut down the internet for up to three hours a day this week – for everyone.   “It’s beyond ridiculous,” said Lyès Rekkeb, 28, who works for a web design agency. […]

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Learning about the 14 habits of highly miserable people

Most of us claim we want to be happy—to have meaningful lives, enjoy ourselves, experience fulfillment, and share love and friendship with other people and maybe other species, like dogs, cats, birds, and whatnot. Strangely enough, however, some people act as if they just want to be miserable, and they succeed remarkably at inviting misery […]

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Ethical ramifications of “the digital attention crisis”

In 2016, Tristan Harris, whose job title at Google was “design ethicist,” left the company to focus on a new nonprofit he called Time Well Spent. The goal of Time Well Spent is to reverse what it calls “the digital attention crisis” — the brilliant minds at Google, Apple, Facebook, and elsewhere who “hijack our minds” […]

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How rudeness can affect your day

We posit that a single exposure to rudeness in the morning can contaminate employees’ perceptions of subsequent social interactions leading them to perceive greater workplace rudeness throughout their workday. We expect that these contaminated perceptions will have important ramifications for employees’ work behaviors. Source: PsycNET Record Display – PsycNET Think about that student that comes to […]

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Waiting for the future of education

  Serious people sometimes make silly predictions. Source: The Future of Education Will Never Arrive History is littered with failed experiments, but these failures are what have brought us the world we have today. Cynicism aside, computers will get better at understanding people, and when that happens, who knows what will happen. To get an […]

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The regular way – trying something new

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Think about the lawyers who’ve been hugely successful doing what they have done for 20-30+ years in law firms. They aren’t seeing the shift to needing to be technically competent, using technology to be more efficient, using social media to connect with potential clients, or restructuring their firm to take advantage of a variety of […]

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