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The 3 Laws of Ed-Tech Robotics

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CALI 2012 Keynote on automation, AI and education technology

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The 3 Laws of Ed-Tech Robotics

  1. 1. Audrey Watters2012 CALI Conference
  2. 2. Three Laws of Robotics
  3. 3. Robots in the Classroom
  4. 4. Three Laws of Robotics
  5. 5. Three Laws of Robotics 1.A robot may not injure a humanbeing, or through inaction, allowa human being to come to harm.
  6. 6. Three Laws of Robotics 2.A robot must obey the ordersgiven to it by human beings,except where such orders wouldconflict with the First Law.
  7. 7. Three Laws of Robotics 3.A robot must protect its ownexistence as long as suchprotection does not conflictwith the First and Second Laws.
  8. 8. Three Laws of Robotics 0.A robot may not harm humanity,or by inaction, allow humanity tocome to harm.
  9. 9. Three Laws of Robotics
  10. 10. Three Laws of Robotics Ethics Automation Labor Learning
  11. 11. Three Laws of Robotics Ethics Automation Labor Learning
  12. 12. Three Laws of Robotics Ethics Automation Labor Learning
  13. 13. Three Laws of Robotics Ethics Automation Labor Learning
  14. 14. Literature Review (Culture)
  15. 15. Science and... The Sacred The ProfaneThe Creation of Life The Creation ofArtificial Intelligence A Desire for Control
  16. 16. What does it mean to be human?
  17. 17. Robot as... Machine Worker Serf
  18. 18. EfficiencyLaborBodiesGender
  19. 19. Evil
  20. 20. Emotion
  21. 21. Control
  22. 22. Also starring Pam Grier as a robot teacher.
  23. 23. “Whoa. I know Ju Jitsu” -- Keanu Reeves, The Matrix
  24. 24. Literature Review (Science)
  25. 25. Artificial Intelligence Natural Language Processing Machine Learning
  26. 26. Can a machine think? (See: Eliza)
  27. 27. CAPTCHAAnd just so you don’t think I’ve forgotten about theeducation angle here, FYI: the CAPTCHA inventor’s latest startup is, you guessed it, an ed-tech one: Duolingo http://duolingo.com
  28. 28. Intelligent TutoringAdaptive Learning
  29. 29. Robot Essay Graders
  30. 30. “This study compared the results from nineautomated essay scoring engines on eightessay scoring prompts drawn from six states thatannually administer high-stakes writingassessments...Overall, automated essay scoring was capable ofproducing scores similar to human scores forextended-response writing items with equalperformance for both source-based and traditionalwriting genre.” Mark Shermis, University of Akron Ben Hamner, Kaggle
  31. 31. “The demonstration showedconclusively that automated essayscoring systems are fast, accurate, andcost effective.” Tom Vander Ark, investor
  32. 32. Efficiency
  33. 33. “If computers can read like people itsbecause we have trained people toread like computers.” Alex Reid, University at Buffalo
  34. 34. Programming a Robot v.Programming a Human
  35. 35. “The human brain must be made to conform to themuch more advanced brain of the machine. Andeducation will no longer be an unpredictable andexciting adventure in human enlightenment but anexercise in conformity and an apprenticeship towhatever gadgetry is useful in a technical world.” Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society (1964)
  36. 36. Ethics and theAutomation of Education
  37. 37. Three Laws of Robotics 0.A robot may not harm humanity,or by inaction, allow humanity tocome to harm.
  38. 38. Three Laws of Robotics 0.A robot may not harm humanity,or by inaction, allow humanity tocome to harm.
  39. 39. Addenda: Uncanny Valley
  40. 40. via Latitude Research
  41. 41. Audrey Watters @audreywattershackeducation.com
  42. 42. CreditsIsaac AsimovStar TrekJeopardy Kin LaneSteve Hargadon The New York TimesThe Matrix The AwlFrankenstein (the movie) The Wall Street JournalFrankenstein (the novel) CNETLatitude Research O’Reilly RadarThe Jetsons Copy & PasteRobot, Robot, and Hwang Digital DigsR.U.R. TIMEBlade Runner George SiemensI, Robot (the movie) Class of 1999I, Robot (the short story collection) WiredMetropolis MSNBCTerminator University of AkronKindergarten Cop The Hewlett FoundationStanford University RobocopCoursera WikipediaUdacity KaggleSingularity Hub The AtlanticThe Technological Society GoogleRipley’s Believe It Or Not The SimpsonsStar Wars Luis von AhmMaker Faire Robert Ambrogi’s Law SiteHG Wells

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