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artificial or assisted intelligence?

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Slides from a talk given by Alec Resnick at the July 2012 Innovation Lab @ the

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artificial or assisted intelligence?

  1. 1. artificial or assisted intelligence?a few stories about the most sophisticated computing machinery in the world
  2. 2. sprout & co. creating tools to support everyday investigations and help make science a cultural activity
  3. 3. What do we expect the limits of big data to look and feel like?Where’s the [mis]fit of big data in education & learning?
  4. 4. almost socialprogrammingenvironments
  5. 5. sourcing innovations for incorporationhelping people find others who can helphelping people solve their own problems
  6. 6. sourcing innovations for incorporationhelping people find others who can helphelping people solve their own problems
  7. 7. adaptive tutoring
  8. 8. “motion picture and televised instruction can offer superior teaching to a large number of students [...] programmed self- instructional methods provide the individual student with a learning sequence under his control. [...] A question or problem is presented [...] the student records his answer [...] obtains a check on the accuracy of his answer as soon as he records it [...] the timing is under the control of the student, who proceeds at his own pace.”Written in 1960
  9. 9. “In many schools today, the phrase ‘computer-aided instruction’ means making the computer teach the child. One might say the computer is being used to program the child. In my vision, the child programs the computer and, in doing so, both acquires a sense of mastery over a piece of the most modern and powerful technology and establishes an intimate contact with some of the deepest ideas from science, from mathematics, and from the art of intellectual model building.”Written in 1980
  10. 10. With over 3,200 videos oneverything from arithmetic tophysics, finance, and historyand hundreds of skills topractice, were on a mission tohelp you learn what you want,when you want, at your ownpace.
  11. 11. Is a machine solving your problem? Or is a person?
  12. 12. empowerme nt interconnection
  13. 13. empowerme nt interconnection
  14. 14. Convivialempowerme technologies nt interconnection
  15. 15. People need not only to obtainthings, they need above all thefreedom to make things amongwhich they can live, to give shapeto them according to their owntastes, and to put them to use incaring for and about others.
  16. 16. Q&A + 2 questionsWhat do we expect the limits of big data to look and feel like?Where’s the [mis]fit of big data in education & learning?
  17. 17. fin
  18. 18. Im visiting Woz and his daughterSuzanne, who is in the hospital afteran emergency appendectomy, whenanother visitor asks if a certainfriend has been told about thesurgery. Woz proudly whips out hisMagic Link to get her address andnumber. Before the device canretrieve the data, however, Suzanneproduces the number from anaddress book in her handbag.
  19. 19. Fighting the data providers to giveyou those signals in a convenientform is a losing battle, so the key tosuccess is getting comfortable withmessy requirements and chaoticinputs. As an engineer, this can feellike a deal with the devil, as youhave to accept error anduncertainty in your results. But thealternative is no results at all. Pete Warden, co-founder Jetpac
  20. 20. A mammalian neuron takesabout ten milliseconds torespond to a stimulus. Adriver can respond to a visualstimulus in a few hundredmilliseconds, and decide anaction, such as making aturn. So the computationaldepth of this behavior is onlya few tens of steps. We don’tknow how to make such amachine, and we wouldn’t Gerald Sussman,know how to program it. Professor of CS @ MIT
  21. 21. "What is above all needed is tolet the meaning choose theword, and not the other wayaround. In prose, the worstthing one can do with words issurrender to them."
  22. 22. "What is above all needed is to let theproblem choose the technology, and notthe other way around. In innovation, theworst thing one can do with technologies issurrender to them."

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