…and please build 1 million public Teacher Robots?

Futurist Marcel Bullinga chaired technology & design congress EDST15 in The Netherlands at the end of 2015. he also gave a presentation, titled: Can Someone Please Hurry Up the Robot Takeover? 

Right now, the @IBMWatson robot, one of the most advanced Artificial Intelligence initiatives, is storming the world, learning human knowledge and translating it into new health and financial services. This will, in time, disrupt jobs and markets. The way we learn is going to be transformed immensely, but right now, teachers around the world have no clue. I think they should start to take control over their own future, the future of learning, and not leave it to multinational tech companies. The development of Artificial Intelligence is too important to let go.

Hopeful initiatives like @NaoRobot, @OpenAI and the global @Xprize Learning are not enough. We need local initiatives. Let’s develop one million public Teacher Robots which are opensource, nonprofit  and royalty free (no patents!) #AI. And, most important of all, not developed by nerds but by teachers themeselves. This will benefit all children and adults needing to learn how to survive in a world where robots take over.

Have a coffee?

PS I talked about the idea recently for a group of 1000 teachers. In the belly of the beast, so to speak. They didn’t attack me during my speech. One could interpret that as a good sign 🙂

See Marcel’s presentation: