Irish education system needs ‘to wake up fast’ to cope with future AI workplace – leading futurist

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A top industry futurist has said that Ireland Inc and third level colleges here are ‘nowhere near ready’ to cope with the digital revolution of business. George Muir has spoken at conferences across Europe, Australia and the US on the future of the workplace, artificial intelligence (AI) ethics and how AI will impact our professional lives in the future …” (more)

[Louise Kelly, Independent, 1 February]


Irish universities open AI research doors to China with signing of agreements

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish educational institutions have signed deals to make closer ties between Irish and Chinese research in computer science and AI. A number of Irish universities and institutes of technology have opened their doors to Chinese research as part of a series of new deals signed between them and Chinese universities …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 24 October]

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DIT and Chinese university join forces for cutting-edge tech research

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is teaming up with one of the leading universities in China to lead cutting-edge research into artificial intelligence, information communications technology and medical apps. The two universities will share research facilities, jointly publish academic reports and have mutual visits of staff and students. They will also apply for funding in the EU, China and internationally …” (more)

[Breda Heffernan, Independent, 25 October]

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‘This House Believes Artificial Intelligence Could, Should and Will Replace Teachers’ – The future of mass higher education

Posted in Teaching on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“… Often when I ask lecturers the question, ‘If computers could replace lecturers, should they?’ I get a negative response justified by various quite valid arguments that teachers will always be required for one reason or other. However, the question they are answering is not the one posed …” (more)

[Well I wouldn’t start from here anyway!, 10 November]

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What is Watson? Strong AI and Higher Education

Posted in Life on February 22nd, 2011 by steve

“Watson, for those of you who have spend the last week under a rock, is an IBM computer which soundly trounced two long standing human champions in the US quiz show Jeopardy last week. The Watson story is a good hook for me to jump out of mundane Higher Education policy and get back to some bright splangly futurism! …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 22 February]


The AI Revolution Is On

Posted in Research on December 28th, 2010 by steve

“… But even as the traditional dream of AI was freezing over, a new one was being born: machines built to accomplish specific tasks in ways that people never could. At first, there were just a few green shoots pushing up through the frosty ground. But now we’re in full bloom. Welcome to AI summer …” (more)

[Steven Levy, Wired, 27 December]