Can robots fill the teacher shortage?

With the help of Derek Robertson

As leaders wrestled over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the United Nations in New York this weekCynthia Brizel, dean of digital learning at MIT and director of MIT RAISE, came to town with a different mission: changing opinions about artificial intelligence and robotics.

It is an area dominated by talk of efficiency and cost savings, and it is a controversial topic due to job losses and the effects of surveillance on technology.

Breazeal is a tech evangelist of a different kind, who uses the United Nations General Assembly Carnival to preach about “design justice” and “artificial intelligence that helps advance human flourishing.” And you want your kids to use AI in school and beyond.

in her searchAI is a potential lifesaver for children whose educational paths have been skewed by COVID-19, including refugees or children with disabilities who are not supported by school systems.

The numbers that need support are huge. there around 36 million displaced children around the worldAnd globally, “80 percent of children with intellectual disabilities do not go to school,” Special Olympics president Tim Shriver told me.

With the United Nations predicting a global teacher shortage About 70 million by 2030What’s called Socially Assistive Robots — which aim to interact with people in emotional or intellectually beneficial ways — may be among the most effective ways to help these groups develop and catch up with their peers.

The UN Innovation Office is concerned about the ‘artificial intelligence generation’ – officials say so National AI strategies, wherever they exist, hardly remember children. If AI is biased, and embeds this bias in people from a young age, it is not clear who is responsible or how it can be undone, for example.

How do you test artificial intelligence with children? “We teach teachers and parents enough about artificial intelligence, that it’s not that scary thing,” Brizel said of plans for a pilot project in pro-refugee Clarkston, Georgia. Ellis Island in the South.

“We want to be very clear about the role of the bot versus the community, of which this bot is a part. This is part of ethical design thinking,” Breazeal continued, “We don’t want the bot to overstep its responsibilities. All of our data we collect is protected and encrypted.”

How do parents and teachers interact with the role of robots in their children’s lives? “It’s not about replacing people at all, it’s about enhancing human networks, and it’s not about a robot educator, where educators feel like they’re competing with the bot,” Brizel said.

Brizel said the kids she studied “don’t confuse these robots with a dog or a person, they see it as its own kind,” roughly.Like a Disney friend who plays games with you, as a peer.

What works for children in need can also be used in other age groups and societies. “A big part of this project is coming up with ethical frameworks and processes that go beyond the details of this particular case study,” Brizel said.

As new technologies such as blockchain and immersive network virtual reality Beginning to transform the digital landscape, the veterans of the current digital governance system are beginning to reflect on their broader impact.

Yesterday’s McCourt Institute panel discussion entitled “Digital Governance and the State of Democracy: Why does it matter?” A group including Eric Brynjolfsson of Stanford University, Upworthy co-founder Eli Pariser, and Maggie Little of the Georgetown Ethics Lab, came together to illustrate this. The main point of consensus: everything we did last time did not work.

“We have built a system not by design, but by influence, that amplifies the most primitive parts of our brains,” Brynjolfsson said. “This is not the part that created the civilization we want.”

Pariser suggested a more radical conception of digital spaces than the world has seen in recent years, saying “I think we live in a fundamentally authoritarian digital environment. Yes, you can participate, you can tweet, but if you want to change the way Twitter works, you need $50 billion.” , or one person, at the end of the day; there are like five men who ultimately make all the decisions about how these systems work.”

“If people don’t feel they have a meaningful power over their environment, they start to back off or look for someone strong enough to beat it,” he added. “Like Elon.” – Derek Robertson

Divisions within the Democratic Party over crypto policy It’s starting to get clearer.

A bill submitted last month to the Senate Agriculture Committee that would place cryptocurrency regulation under the CFTC’s oversight, which is largely seen as more favorable than the SEC’s alternative, has won both a prominent supporter and a detractor. As Sam Sutton from Politico first mentioned In the morning money todaySenator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who chairs the Senate Banking Committee, said when asked about the bill that his committee had a “healthier suspicion” about cryptocurrencies than its agricultural counterpart.

Meanwhile, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.) has agreed to bring the bill’s counterpart in the House, saying in a statement that it will provide “regulatory clarity” and “give consumers the information they need to make sound decisions.” This mirrors the slightly defensive tone taken by CFTC Chairman Rustin Behnam, who said at a Senate Ag Committee hearing on the bill last week that the committee “brought nearly 60 cases related to digital asset enforcement, including a recent matter of fraudulent Bitcoin worth 1.7 billion dollars planned” since 2014, and that the bill would allow it to exercise its “full oversight capabilities without restrictions.”

Among the most prominent members of the Senate Banking Committee are Brown and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), two of the Senate’s most vocal consumer watchdogs, and standard bearers of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing – unlike Maloney. , a moderate member of the New Democratic Coalition. It’s still too early (and very lucrative) to label either side of the party as anti-reflexive or pro-crypto, respectively, but the emerging alignment around the Stabenow-Boozman bill is certainly a data point in its favour. – Derek Robertson

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