The Seldon Lists top 20 Influential Figures in British Education - 2017
9 October 2017
Professor Rose Luckin is the Dr Who of AI in education. Schools and universities will be transformed over the next 10 to 15 years by the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). No one has done more visionary work than Rose Luckin, Professor at UCL's Institute of Education in the field of learning sciences, educational technology and AI. AI will personalise learning and provide the biggest revolution yet seen in the provision of high quality and individual education for all. "What we are very interested in is the right blend of human and artificial intelligence in the classroom - identifying that sweet spot," she says.
She has conceived a robot 'Colin', an AI teaching assistant, to help us understand what robots could help us achieve in the classroom. But the school curriculum needs to be modernised to reflect a world in which problem solving and creativity are essential; "regurgitating knowledge is something that you can automate very easily", she says, but it "doesn't prepare children for the modern workforce". She has a 'horrible feeling' that we will realise too late we've been teaching a C19th factory education for the C21st.
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