What is AI & what has it got to do with me and my students? 

Now that global leaders are tweeting about artificial intelligence (AI) as the next arms race and forecasts are predicting the near-term decimation of existing jobs markets due to artificial intelligence and automation, it's time to ask the question: What is AI and what does it have to do with me and my students?
What is AI & what has it got to do with me and my students? 

This article is part of the Forum Network series on Digitalisation

What's in this episode?

This episode answers the questions of:

What AI is and is not. The difference between narrow AI, general AI and super-intelligence. What type of AI is used now in education, and which AI do people fear, which may never exist? How do students and teachers already use AI to their advantage? Thinking about AI in the context of past educational tools, including the pocket calculator and printed encyclopedia. What questions might teachers want to use when thinking about AI in education? 

Listen to the episode here:


Sophie Bailey is the Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast 

Denis Hurley is the Director of Future Technologies at Pearson

Stephen Wolfram, is the Founder and CEO of Wolfram Research and Creator of Wolfram|Alpha, Mathematica, and Wolfram Language

Murray Shanahan is the Professor of Cognitive Robotics in the Department of Computing, Imperial College London

Peter Foltz is a Vice President for Research at Pearson

Quotes from this Episode


Denis Hurley

Stephen Wolfram

Murray Shanahan 

Tell us your story

We’d love to hear about innovative technology or approaches you are developing or using in education. Leave your stories in the comments below. Alternately, record a quick free voicemail via speakpipe for inclusion in the next episode. Finally, you can post your thoughts or follow-on links via twitter @podcastedtech @denishurley or via The Edtech Podcast Facebook page.

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Go to the profile of Shayne MacLachlan
over 6 years ago

Hi Sophie. I love your podcast on AI and education. Really fascinating stuff. Do you think it's a waste of time to teach students code if in a few years time, AI will be able to carry out the coding in the place of humans? Cheers.

Go to the profile of Sophie Bailey
over 6 years ago

I definitely think we can obsess over the "act of coding" as opposed to the idea of computational thinking. This is something we touch upon in this episode also: https://theedtechpodcast.com/69-relationships-relevance-rigour-in-school-reform/

Thanks for listening in! 

Go to the profile of Shayne MacLachlan
over 6 years ago

Top stuff, thanks. I'll take a listen.

Go to the profile of Gregory Andersen
about 3 years ago

I'd also recommend this article about artificial intelligence in education - https://www.cleveroad.com/blog/ai-in-education-or-what-advantages-of-artificial-intelligence-in-education-you-can-gain-. There's also interesting information about ai in education and machine learning