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This episode focused on how we might use artificial intelligence (AI) to augment ourselves to end human disability.

The first example in the video was artificial legs with embedded AI. The AI used machine learning to process a person’s movement to make the continuous and tiny adjustments that we take for granted. What was truly groundbreaking was how such limbs might be attached to existing muscles so that the person can feel the artificial limb.

The second example was improving existing abilities like analysis and decision-making in sports. The role of AI is to take large amounts of data and make predictions for the best payoffs. But despite the AI ability to process more than humans can intuit, we sometimes hold AI back because its recommendations seem contradictory.

We trust AI in some circumstances (e.g., recommending travel routes) but not in others (e.g., race strategies). The difference might be the low stakes of the former and the higher stakes of the latter.

The third example highlight how we might enhance our vision and hearing while increasing trust in AI in high stakes situations. It featured glasses that augmented vision for firefighters so that they could see is now or zero visibility. The camera and AI combined detect and highlight edges like exits and victims.

The video ended with the message that increased trust in AI will make it ubiquitous and invisible. But trust to be built, we need to remove ignorance, bias, and old perspectives.

AI can be a tool that we shape. But I am reminded of the adage that we first shape our tools and that our tools also shape us. This was true in our past and it will apply in our future.

Much of the press chooses to focus on how robots might replace people or otherwise contribute to a Hollywood dystopian future.

I would rather use this Gates video to highlight how such technology can be boringly meaningful and effective.

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Boring because the use of robots does not pretend replace people or cause their end. Meaningful because the robots featured augment instead of replace human function. They enable, not just enhance.

That same principle of meaningful integration as a result of enabling instead of just enhancing is something that can be applied to everyday technologies for teaching and learning.

The is so much buzz about augmented and virtual reality now. As with most technology, teachers might be tempted to embrace AR and VR without batting an eyelid.

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This video (and its earlier versions) reminds me that the real power of AR and VR is in the creation, not just the excited use of it.

The consumption of well-designed resources might be good. The creation of artefacts by the learner to showcase and share is even better.


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