Artificial Intelligence in Education:

AInEd : Artificial Intelligence in  Education

………the answer to implementation challenges of the NEP 2019

The draft new education policy has had a long gestation period. Its latest draft version is in the public domain since October 2019, and numerous conferences, seminars and workshops have been convened that have  deliberated on the document. But it seems it has still not been approved by the cabinet. 

Six years on from the announcement of the intention to have a new education policy, is a lot of time wasted for such an urgent matter. 

Even some of those who hail the draft new education policy 2019 as a progressive measure in the right direction, are sceptical about its implementation. 

The new education policy 2019 draws attention to the importance of learning first in its very first page at the third paragraph :0.3. Indeed, with the quickly changing employment and global ecosystem, it is becoming increasingly important that children not only learn, but learn how to learn. 

It is again mentioned in its para 4.5. “The key overall thrust of curriculum and pedagogy reform across all stages will be to move the education system towards real understanding and learning how to learn.”

In para 23.8 it is acknowledged that this policy has been formulated at a time when an unquestionably disruptive technology – Artificial Intelligence (AI) -has emerged. 

We are in the midst of two major disruptive revolutions: the 4th Industrial Revolution and the fourth education revolution. 

Whether it is the draft central education policy awaiting finalisation or the self-acclaimed initiatives of the Delhi Government, both are out of tune with the reality facing our youth.

Without beating about the bush, I wish to suggest that it is Artificial Intelligence and allied emerging technologies that provide the answer to the upcoming challenges. 

To illustrate my point, let me refer to a fundamental transformation in a specific domain of education, that happened in India about 60 years back. Engineering education was already happening in India when the IITs were created. But the 5 IITs transformed the erstwhile engineer with a slide rule to the engineer who programmed digital computers, and in due course moved on to CAD/CAM as a consequence. And they prospered and flourished in the 3rd Industrial Age of Information Technology. Today as we transform the  young who are in the later stages of School, who are coming of age in the fourth Industrial Age, we must equip them to prosper, flourish and thrive in the age of Intelligent machines. IIT orientation began just after finishing School. Sixty years later, with learners being digital natives, we can begin their transformation while at School, without spending those two valuably years in coaching programs of various kinds. They can be directly introduced to and have hands on experience in AI, Machine Learning, Quantum Computing and other emerging technologies. 

We are now in a position to develop a whole new generation of young who do not pursue meaningless higher education,whose benefits are not clear, but become active self-directed lifelong learners, who can take charge of their lives and have evolved in readiness for the VUCA ( Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) future before them. These digital natives transcend being job seekers and passive consumers of digital content, but are ready with creative ideas to launch enterprises with innovative ideas that propel India to more than a $5 trillion economy. 

The key constituents of an AI-empowered educational ecosystem are the following: 

  • The AI-fluent SmartEducator
  • The AI powered autonomous Learner
  • Recommender and content personalisation systems
  • Chatbots to assist both educators and learners
  • Co-learning spaces and emerging technologies experience centres
  • AI enabled assessment systems
  • Blockchain for academic credentials 

I have described the AI-fluent SmartEducator in a previous blog dated January 10th 2020. The other constituents will be elaborated in upcoming blogs. Watch this space!

Even as we prepare ourselves for the age of Artificial Intelligence, the era of Quantum Computing is upon us a dit could eventually revolutionize the way medicines are developed, financial options are priced and climate change is managed, experts say. It’s been lauded for its ability (or, at least, its potential) to complete complex calculations in a fraction of the time that it would take even the fastest traditional computers today. 

Microsoft in November announced that it would start providing access to Quantum Computers in its Azure cloud. A month later, Amazon Web Services announced a similar service.  IBM has offered quantum computing access in its cloud since 2016.

Google in October 2019 announced that  it had achieved “ Quantum Supremacy” with a machine capable of superfast calculations, a claim that competitors quickly challenged. Google has also said it is working on providing access to quantum computers on its cloud.

Here is the link to a very interesting article that anticipates how the coming decade will roll out: https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/2020s-decade-ai-and-quantum

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The AI-fluent SmartEducator:

The AI fluent SmartEducator :

I have been projecting for some time that in the future educators will be the most important group of progressive and flourishing societies, and the ones that will perish and be left behind are the ones that do not make this shift to appreciating the importance of educators. Much of my recent activities and present activities are towards the realisation of this goal. 

As we enter the 3rd decade of the 21st Century, we are witnessing the impact of the twin revolutions, the 4th Industrial revolution ( Klaus Schwab) and the 4th education revolution ( Anthony Seldon). Sir Anthony discussed how Artificial Intelligence will change learning and teaching in universities, and the world into which our students will go. He called on educators everywhere to open their eyes to the fast approaching revolution in Artificial Intelligence, and asked if we are ready to embrace this evolution and shape AI to the best advantage of education and humanity as a whole. The new education policy 2019 has also acknowledged that it is being formulated at a time when an unquestionably disruptive technology AI has emerged. In this article we propose a plan to equip and empower progressive educators to become familiar with AI and leverage it to fulfil the goals of a high quality and equitable education. 

Recent research in neuroscience and psychology suggests that the feeling of uncertainty, fear of rejection or a diminished status all activate the same region in the brain that  physical pain does ( https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicolefisher/2015/12/25/rejection-and-physical-pain-are-the-same-to-your-brain/#6431253f4f87 ). Teachers at School, College, University or Professional institutions will  all be suffering this pain as they realise their lack of familiarity with AI, the driver of both the 4th Industrial revolution and the 4th education revolution. 

Qualities essential for a modern ( AI-fluent) teacher: 

The most important quality of a modern educator is one of being a lifelong learner. The other important attribute is the appreciation that imparting  the knowledge of subjects is less important than fostering a desire to learn and the ability of learning to learn, and building of learning power. 

In the new education policy 2019, the importance of “ learning how to learn” is emphasised, because it is mentioned in the 3rd paragraph itself of the report. “ Indeed, with the quickly changing employment and global ecosystem, it is becoming increasingly important that children not only learn, but learn how to learn. “ and again mentioned in more detail  at para 4.5. 

4.5. The key overall thrust of curriculum and pedagogy reform across all stages will be to move the education system towards real understanding and learning how to learn – and away from the culture of rote learning as is present today. The goal will be to create holistic and complete individuals equipped with key 21st century skills. All aspects of curriculum and pedagogy will be reoriented and revamped in order to attain these critical goals.

The best pro-active response to this challenge is to seize the opportunity and become an AI-fluent SmartEducator. Such a person has a Deep Learning mindset ( well versed in deep learning techniques of Machine Learning as well as pedagogy of mastery learning and learning in depth). It has been said the education will be the killer application of Deep Learning. 

  • Is familiar and well acquainted with commercially available solutions ( both in the cloud and at the edge) for deploying AI in education and their best use situations.
  • Can be actively involved in creating be-spoke solutions for a specific context. 
  • Is well versed with the triple helix of AI-readiness: The Concepts ( theory); The tools; The applications ( educational)

Our program has been designed as a year long program structured as 4 terms of 3 months each.  At the end of each term, the educator-learner will earn a completion certificate of having become a level 1 to level 4 of an AI-ready educator. 

Level 1: AI-familiar educator

Level 2: AI-competent educator

Level 3: AI-proficient educator

Level 4: AI-fluent SmartEducator

The first batch of the program has begun from January 2020. But new candidates can join at the beginning of the month in what may be called a ‘rolling admission’ process. The first course that has to be done by all is “ Learning How to Learn” because we believe that every educator is first a learner, who creates other learners. Robert Frost had famously said “ I am not a teacher, I am an awakener”. 

First term:

By the end of this term, the learner will have an appreciation of the landscape of AI ( and allied technologies such as IoT, Blockchain, 5G and Dapps) and education and be able to distinguish hype from hope. During this period, there will be 3 WhatsApp courses of one month ( 4 weeks Monday to Friday) on the following themes :

MLL01: LHTL ( Learning How to Learn)

MLL02: The Landscape of AI and education 

MLL03: Technologies of the 4th Industrial Age and education

Award at the end of first term : “ The AI-familiar educator”

Second Term:

During this term, the participants will get into details of the most important methods of AI, that will make them confident about being able to play a meaningful role in the field. In particular they will be able to make their own chatbots. The 3 WhatsApp courses during this term will be :

MLL04: Machine Learning for educators

MLL05: Deep Learning for educators

MLL06: Chatbots for learning

Award at the end of second term : “ The AI-competent educator”

Third term:

This is the transformational term. The first month builds an appreciation of the key mathematics such as linear algebra, multivariate calculus, probability, Bayesian models and optimisation. The next month is to build the ability to make practical applications using the IBM cloud services for a wide range of applications. The third month is on understanding the working of driverless cars, and using those principles to develop more autonomous learners. 

MLL07: Mathematics for Machine Learning

MLL08: The IBM Watson and other cloud services

MLL09: Driverless cars and autonomous learning

Award at the end of third  term : “ The AI-proficient educator”

Fourth term :

By the end of this term, not only will the educator-learner become fluent in AI for educational purposes, but is well positioned for a future of affluence, being ready for ‘deep teaching’, the sexiest job of the future ( https://medium.com/intuitionmachine/why-teaching-will-be-the-sexiest-job-of-the-future-a-i-economy-b8e1c2ee413e

MLL10: AI powered personalisation of content and assessment 

MLL11: Learning to learn AI/ML 

MLL12: Flourishing and thriving as an educator in the Gig economy 

Concurrently they will pursue an AI-Ed project to which they will devote about 45 hours during the 3 months 

Award at the end of fourth  term : “ The AI-fluent SmartEducator”

The design is such that it should require about 20 hours of academic effort every month, evenly spread out for about an hour every day from Monday to Friday for 4 weeks in a month. The additional days on weekends may be used to catch up on for any lost time during the working week for unseen contingencies. Most people will during  their third term start investing more time, as they can start seeing the benefits of the learning acquired. In the final term they will devote about 45 hours to a project. The time required for the 3 courses during this term would be significantly less, to make more time available for project work. 

To know more, contact Prof. MM Pant by sending him a WhatsApp message at : +919810073724

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Towards a $5tn economy:

The quest for ABDCE( A billion dollar company in education): to help n India’s March towards a $5 trillion economy. 

As we begin the New Year, it is time for reflection and making future plans, and pursuing the goal ( not the dream) f India becoming a trillion dollar economy by the year 2024. There are a large number of ‘professional pessimists’ in whose view these are very bad times, and we are headed for much worse, and the 5 trillion dollar Indian economy is a pipe dream. That attitude is self-fulfilling, and the coming years could  confirm their worst fears.

At the other end of the spectrum are perennial optimists who always think that the future is several orders of magnitude brighter and full of opportunities. These are the ones who launched satellites, put a man on the moon and recently on October 23rd Google achieved Quantum Supremacy, meaning thereby that their 54 Qubit Sycamore Quantum Computer could do a calculation in 200 seconds, that the fastest classical super computer, the Summit would have taken 10,000 years. This event has probably a much greater significance that a man landing on the moon. Just imagine what is coming in this decade. 

We are already in the era of reusable rockets and soon commercial space travel. About 400 years ago, the famous Isaac Newton had put it beautifully. “ I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself, I am like a child on the seashore, looking now for a smoother pebble it a prettier shell, while the vast ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me.” 

As we begin the 3rd decade of the 21st century, there is a vast ocean of opportunities to be explored and exploited, and learning is the most crucial element for leadership in the knowledge, creative and innovation economy. 

This is the right time to work towards creating a great educational enterprise with huge revenues and valuation. 

Evan Williams had identified the formula for building such an enterprise. 

Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time…Identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps…..Evan Williams ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evan_Williams_(Internet_entrepreneur))

The following text is extracted from the famous book ‘ Schools that Learn’ by Peter Senge ” The drive to learn is as strong as the sexual drive,” writes anthropologist Edward T Hall ” It begins earlier and lasts longer.” The drive to learn: an interview with Edward T Hall Santa Fe Lifestyle ( Spring 1988) pp 12-14 ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_T._Hall )

In the coming decade, the stages of education will change from the multiple stages that we have today to the 3 broad stages of (a) pre-natal, neo-natal and pre-school learning (b) becoming an autonomous self-directed learner during school, college or university and (c) becoming a lifelong learner. 

According to Kim and Mauborgne, authors of ‘ Blue Ocean Strategy’ competing in overcrowded industries is no way to sustain high performance. “ Lifelong Learning” is the Blue Ocean in education space. 

The new education policy 2019 draws attention to the importance of lifelong learning first in its very first page at the third paragraph :0.3. Indeed, with the quickly changing employment and global ecosystem, it is becoming increasingly important that children not only learn, but learn how to learn.  It is again mentioned in its para 4.5. “The key overall thrust of curriculum and pedagogy reform across all stages will be to move the education system towards real understanding and learning how to learn.”

Thomas Frey, the senior futurist at the Da Vinci Institute think tank has been predicting that by 2030 the largest company on the internet is going to be an education-based company that we haven’t heard of yet, This is the result of disruptions in education caused by Technologies Disruptively Transforming Education :5G: very high bandwidths with low latency ( death of distance)

Big Data : learning analytics : search, compare, rate, review : recommendation engines, Blockchain : Smart contracts ; EDU-blocks, Augmented & Virtual Reality: immersion learning, AI and Machine learning : Watson, Chatbots etc. 

A major disruption will be the evolution and proliferation of Co-learning space and Emerging Technologies Experience Centres: 

Such a centre is a dedicated flexible physical space, with a better learning environment than either home or a traditional classroom, conducive to self-directed learning, where a number of co-explorers who are eager to be well prepared for the 21st century can find others members with similar dispositions  and it becomes a co-learning space for the AI and emerging technologies learning community.

Levels of such centres :

“Co-learning Space and Emerging Technologies Experience Centre”:

Level 1: All learning resources and infra-structure and experiencing as well as developing new Alexa Skills. Experiencing Virtual Reality with Oculus. Experiencing Augmented Reality. 

Level 2: Level 1+ Hands-on Indipi, Smarthomes, Deeplens etc.

Level 3: Level 2+ Developing AI solutions/ projects from IBM, Amazon and Microsoft cloud resources

Level 4: Level 3+ Quantum Computing: knowledge resource base and cloud services from Microsoft, Amazon and IBM

This is also an important element in India’s March towards a $5 trillion dollar economy : https://youtu.be/lxkhumAnQlE

If you find this challenging and worth your while to pursue this niche in entrepreneurship, feel free to contact me by sending a WhatsApp message at : 9810073724

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Goodbye 2019, Welcome 2020

Goodbye 2019, Welcome 2020: 

As the year 2019 ends, the most important event is the unusual cold conditions prevailing in Delhi and northern India, and the disruptions that it has caused. Analysts say that this deviation from the normal effects of motions of the earth and the Sun, is the result of the wind system.

One big news on 23rd October 2019 was the demonstration of Quantum Supremacy by Google, meaning thereby that their 54 Qubit Sycamore Quantum Computer could do a calculation in 200 seconds, that the fastest classical super computer, the Summit would have taken 10,000 years. This event has probably a much greater significance that a man landing on the moon. Just imagine what is coming in this decade. 

On the last day of a year, it is usual to reflect on the year gone by and make resolutions for the New Year. But this year is special. We are now entering the year 2020, which has been used as a marker for future predictions in the last decades. The numbers 2020 are used to represent ‘ perfect vision’ that usually happens with hindsight. Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing may perhaps bring similar accuracies to foresight. 

One may quarrel about the definition of the beginning of a decade, but the coming year 2020 may be considered as the beginning of the 3rd decade of the 21st Century. It is therefore worth considering whether to have just a New Year resolution for the year 2020, or a 10 year plan for the coming decade. A link that could help: How to create a 10 year plan for your life : https://daringtolivefully.com/10-year-plan

We are witnessing a global climate crisis, as well as the country’s severe economic slowdown. But there is an even greater ‘ learning crisis’ lurking beneath. Ken Robinson has referred to it in his talk…… http://sirkenrobinson.com/bring-on-the-learning-revolution/

Guy Claxton has also pointed out as to how traditional classroom teaching destroys ‘ learning power’: https://youtu.be/JxWybvns1jg

Children who are studying at School today will be adults ready for further education or to face the world in the years from 2020 to 2030 and beyond. The traditional system in its Ostrich like attitude ignores these disruptive changes, though thought leaders elsewhere in the world are beginning to take notice. 

Their future is being shaped by two major forces: the 4th Industrial Age driven by Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Quantum Computing and allied technologies like the Internet of Things, Blockchain, 3D Printing, AR and VR, and the 4th education revolution which is disrupting the traditional education model, propelled by the same technologies.

I have coined the phrase “Learning 321: education in the 3rd decade of the 21st Century” to describe the educational needs and delivery models for the coming decade. This is a very different world from the one experienced by our grandparents,parents and teachers. 

In an article in HBR May 2018, it was suggested that learning is a learned behaviour :https://hbr.org/2018/05/learning-is-a-learned-behavior-heres-how-to-get-better-at-it

In my view we should consider the learning journey as 3 stages. The first is the pre-natal, neo-natal and pre-School learning in the lap of the mother, occasionally with both parents involved. The prime goal of the School stage is to further develop curiosity, a love for learning and the ability to learn. The rest of the life is a period of lifelong learning, with the present University and higher education systems being  completely avoidable by most. Efforts at enhancing the GER in higher education, have not helped the youth, only the bodies promoting them, an interesting example of conflict of interest that was never challenged. 

Forget University : 4 steps to design your own education : https://youtu.be/TUnpSYMNEhY

Designing a University for the new Millenium by David Holland : https://youtu.be/DZQe73IXZtU

Towards this goal, I have created a pool of 42 Lifelong Learning courses. 

Why 42? In the famous book by Douglas Adams with the title “ The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the number 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything by an enormous Supercomputer named Deep thought over a period of 75 million years. Unfortunately know one knows what the question is. The Wikipedia link : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/42_(number)#The_Hitchhiker’s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy

Ecole 42,(  https://qz.com/1054412/a-french-billionaires-free-teacher-less-university-is-designing-thousands-of-future-proof-employees/  )  a new model of Software training has also perhaps used the same fascination of 42 in their name.

I have used the same 42 as the total number of my courses. The details are available at mmpant.com. They are listed as separate pages: Weekend Learning (10), weeklong learning (10), WhatsApp Live (5) and monthlong learning (17). Some are also listed as programs with a theme, such as Learning How to Learn, AI fluent SmartEducator and The Quantum Track.

I am sharing now my plans for 2020 and beyond. My focus areas now are : learning how to learn, Artificial Intelligence and its transformative ( or maybe disruptive) effect on education and Quantum Computing and other Quantum phenomena. My mode of engagement with my colleagues and learners will be primarily digital. In addition to the above 42 courses of varying time duration through WhatsApp, I have offered a course on critical thinking as a number of Tweets. I have recently created a Facebook page with title “ Prof MM Pant’s Quantum Gurukul”. Linked In can also be an engaging learning environment. During the coming year, I will be exploring all these and other digital methods of learner engagement. As a corollary, I will not usually deliver in person, face to face ‘lectures’. By the end of the decade, we may see the demise of the lecture, and an extinction of those Institutions whose main offering is a suite of ‘lectures’. 

To develop these ideas further, I will be posting a blog on every Friday evening on this WordPress site mmpant.com. During the course of the year, we would have covered whatever is needed to transform ourselves and be ready to make the transition. 

In addition to these digital learning, we have in person meetings, on one Sunday a month at Gurgaon. The venue is the WOODs, sector 46 Gurgaon. For the year 2020, these meetings are planned for January 19th, February 16th, March 22nd, April 19th, May 17th , June 21st, July 19th, August 23rd, September 20th, October 18th, November 22nd and December 20th. 

To know more about any of these courses or events, please send a WhatsApp message at +919810073724 or an e-mail to mmpant@gmail.com

Once again, wishing you all a Happy New Year with prosperity in the coming decade. Hope to be in touch with you every Friday through this blog. 

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Learning 321: Real Learning, Relevant Education for the 3rd decade of the 21st Century:


Learning 321: Education for the 3rd decade of the 21st Century:

Children who are studying at School today will be adults ready for further education or to face the world in the years from 2020 to 2030 and beyond. 

This is the 3rd decade of the 21st Century and is a very different world from the one experienced by their grandparents,parents and teachers. 

Their future is being shaped by two major forces: the 4th Industrial Age driven by Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and allied technologies like the Internet of Things, Blockchain, 3D Printing, AR and VR, and the 4th education revolution which is disrupting the traditional education model, propelled by the same technologies.

This leads to two very important questions. The first is what should a child learn in School to prepare for an Age of intelligent assistants that can fetch any information and do low level cognitive tasks, and the consequential question as to how do we teach what should be taught. 

It is often said that change is the only thing that remains constant. But what we are experiencing is the rapid rate of the change itself. And it’s wider impact, across almost all fields of human endeavour. 

Trying to accurately predict the future is futile. Perhaps becoming intelligent enough to build a perfect future is too. We must develop foresight and ready ourselves  by being a pro-active self directed lifelong learner and defensively by building skills of critical thinking and discernment to prevent us from being swayed by misinformation. 

This is the true objective of a good School education: to prepare children to prosper, flourish and thrive in an unknown and rapidly changing future. 

I am listing below 10 salient features of this new educational paradigm: 

1: Educators will be the most important members of Society. As we enter the rapidly developing knowledge society, very large numbers of people have to be trained in new knowledge and skills domains. 

To put it into context, the OECD estimates that, owing to the fourth industrial revolution and automation, 38 to 42 per cent of the UK population will need to completely retrain in the next 10 years to be able to stay employed. That is a staggering amount of training required to keep the UK workforce and our industries productive and competitive.

Quote from : https://www.cityam.com/retraining-course-the-case-for-lifelong-learning/

While more and more learners will move towards autonomous learners, it is educators who will enable this transition and provide the resources and guidance for self-directed learners. Microsoft in 2017 proposed “ Deep Teaching” as the sexiest job of the future. 

2: An educator takes a learner through 4 stages, in the journey from ignorance to knowledge, even if not clear to the learner: 

1. Unconscious Incompetence : In the unconscious incompetence stage , the learner isn’t aware that a skill or knowledge gap exists.

2. Conscious Incompetence : In conscious incompetence, the learner is aware of a skill or knowledge gap and understands the importance of acquiring the new skill. It’s in this stage that learning can begin.

3. Conscious Competence : In conscious competence, the learner knows how to use the skill or perform the task, but doing so requires practice, conscious thought and hard work.

4. Unconscious Competence : In unconscious competence, the individual has enough experience with the skill that he or she can perform it so easily they do it unconsciously.

The four stages of competence are core to the algorithms used in adaptive learning technologies. By knowing in which stage a learner is for a particular topic, an adaptive learning platform can select content on that topic that will help the learner reach the next stage. It can even use assessments to demonstrate to learners that they have skills gaps, thus moving them from stage one to stage two.

This journey will be personalised for each learner and each learning goal by AI-fluent SmartEducators. 

3: We are at the intersection of 2 fundamental revolutions : the 4th Industrial Revolution, announced by Klaus Schwab at the World Economic Forum in January 2016 and the 4th Education Revolution proposed in a recent book (2018) by Anthony Seldon. This is unprecedented for the whole world. Anthony Seldon says “ There is no more important issue facing education, or humanity at large, than the fast approaching revolution in Artificial Intelligence or AI. This book is a call to educators everywhere to open their eyes to what is coming. If we do so, then the future will be shaped by us in the interests of humanity as a whole.”

4: The recent advances in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have an important bearing on how we teach humans. We are now in a position to move from the art of teaching to the Science of learning. And achieve the goal of education for all, and the democratisation of education. The entire entrance test and coaching for the entrance test industry will be a thing of the past. So will the School leaving Board or University graduation final examinations. Assessments and feedback will become a continuous on-going process. 

5: The mobile is the device for access to learning. UNESCO has been organising a  Mobile learning week every year from the year 2012. 

* https://en.unesco.org/themes/ict-education/mlw/

Mobile Learning Week is the United Nations’s flagship ICT in education conference. Held annually at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the event convenes experts from around the world to share how affordable and powerful mobile technology – from basic handsets to the newest tablet computers – can so accelerate learning for all, particularly people living in disadvantaged communities. Each year the event has a specific theme to focus discussions.

Holistically the event seeks to advance understandings of how technology can be leveraged by UNESCO Member States and others to improve education.

*2019: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its implications for sustainable development

* 2018: Skills for a connected world

* 2017: Education in emergencies and crises

* 2016: Innovating for quality

* 2015: Leveraging Technology to empower women and girls

* 2014: Teachers

* 2013: Mobile Learning and EFA Goals

* 2011: December: Using mobile Technologies to transform educational process and outcomes

UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2020, the flagship ICT in education conference, will be held from 2 to 6 March 2020 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

First you learn to use the mobile. Then you use the mobile to learn. 

Most mobile devices are now equipped with AI powered chips. The future of learning is therefore in your hands. 

6: Learning will be a lifelong pursuit, with 3 broad stages, of which the first is pre-natal, neo -natal and pre-school learning. The new education policy 2019 has acknowledged that 85% of the child’s cognitive development happens by the age of 6 years. 

7: The stage of School, College and University is the period  during which a learner must acquire the skills and competence of learning how to learn and become an autonomous learner. The importance of learning how to learn has been acknowledged in the new education policy 2019 in the 3rd paragraph in the beginning and also at para 4.5 while dealing with School education. 

8: For the rest of a person’s life, a person would be pursuing lifelong learning to continually learn, unlearn and re-learn to achieve his human as well as academic potential. 

Blockchains will be used for academic credentials. Growth and widespread recognition of micro-credentials such as badges. 

There is already a pilot experiment with a Blockchain University and an MIT supported Blockchain credentials system in edublocks. 

9: In an unknown and uncertain future, instead of trying to find what we should teach during School, College or University, we should develop youth who love learning and having decided to learn something are capable of learning it well ( mastery learning). This is achieved by building learning power. ( ज्ञान ऊर्जा अर्जन)

10: MeetUps in co-learning spaces. While much of the learning will be ‘anytime anywhere’ occasional in person meetings would be organised at “co-learning spaces” to support in person peer and social learning. 

The present didactic model of the ‘sage on the stage’ does not encourage live learning interactions between the learners in the classroom. This is OK when only the teacher is informed and knowledgeable and all the learners are ignorant, of the topic being dealt with during the lecture hour.

But in lifelong learning the learners are also informed and aware of what they want to learn. The dynamics in such a situation changes fundamentally, allowing for huge benefits from social peer learning. 

If there are  students in a cohort, and the teacher is essentially in a single student teaching mode, then the quality of learner engagement reduces with increasing n as 1/n. That is why in good institutions there is an attempt to have a small teacher to student ratio, in the range of 1/10 to 1/20. If however the teacher is in a broadcast mode, like a text-book or a video, then the effectiveness is independent of the value of n. 

But if the pedagogy is designed to encourage interactions between the learners, as happens in the digital environment, then the number of student interactions becomes n(n-1)/2 in pairs, or proportional to n squared. There may be smaller clusters with more than 2 students. Very soon, there is an overwhelming contribution to the discussions and construction of knowledge, leading to a better and richer experience. 

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Reflections on Teachers Day 2019

Reflections on Teachers Day:

The recent upheaval in the economic and employment landscape is evidence that a paradigm shift is taking place. The key observable is rapid change and the VUCA ( Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world taking shape. This presents an unprecedented challenge for teachers. It is no longer about teaching to pre-determined learning outcomes. John Holt has suggested that “ Since we can’t know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.” The key words are ‘ love learning and learn well’. 

A person with School education from a prestigious high fees School with granite flooring in the classrooms and air-conditioned buses for going to and from School passed with high marks in CBSE and further coaching at a well  advertised coaching Institutions and access to educational Apps promoted by film stars may feel that he is well equipped for the future. But as he tries to engage with the world, he realises that his education has not adequately prepared him either to learn more on his own or to bring any economic value for which he could be remunerated. There was no love for learning and no pursuit for excellence. 

The World Economic Forum, the Brookings Institute, Oxford University and many consulting organisations in their reports have indicated that in the coming age of the confluence of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the 4th Education Revolution, there will be a disruption across most of the human activities. The recent economic slowdown in many parts of the world is a consequence of these changes. 

The only way to see further is to stand upon the shoulders of giants ( as Newton had said, a long time back).

And the collective wisdom of  these giants ( Ken Robinson, Guy Claxton, Clayton Christensen, Anthony Seldon, Eric Hanushek, Howard Gardiner, Conrad Wolfram, Jeanette Wing, Joseph E Aoun) has a simple prescription. The unequivocal advice of all thought leaders is to immediately start pursuing active learning, to develop learning power as the means of overcoming their miseries and sorrows. Learning is not a spectator sport, it is a participative activity free from ‘ taughtitis’. 

This mantra of  “Learning first, AI next “ should be pursued  by everyone  to add to their learning potential. The Economic value add by educators has been well researched by the Stanford Professor Eric Hanushek in his book ‘ The Knowledge Capital of Nations’. The Human Capital Index (HCI) database provides data at the country level for each of the components of the Human Capital Index as well as for the overall index, disaggregated by gender. The index measures the amount of human capital that a child born today can expect to attain by age 18, given the risks of poor health and poor education that prevail in the country where she lives. It is designed to highlight how improvements in current health and education outcomes shape the productivity of the next generation of workers, assuming that children born today experience over the next 18 years the educational opportunities and health risks that children in this age range currently face. 

The government has raised “serious reservations” over the first Human Capital Index (HCI) compiled by the World Bankas part of the WorldDevelopment Report 2019. Indiais ranked at 115 position in the index with its score of 0.44 on a scale of 0 to 1 coming even below the average score for South Asia. One way to substantially  raise this score is the concept of “ The AI experience Hub”. 

The AI experience Hub: 

With the goal of every village being connected with optical fibre, it is feasible to have a whole new approach to raising the HCI from its present 0.44 to a significantly higher value. The spread  of long distance education to which the Prime Minister referred in the recent Independence Day speech, has the potential that by the time a child attains the age of 18, it has evolved to the lifelong learner that John Holt referred to.

To enable this to happen, numerous AI experience hubs may be established with as wide a reach as possible, using Government projects, private entrepreneurial initiatives, NGO initiatives and CSR initiatives of large Corporates. 

These AI experience hubs will have an inspirational ambience, fast Internet access and facilities for participating in remotely held webinars. 

The infrastructure at each hub would be a suitable mix of consumer devices like Alexa, PCs that can run the required software, cloud services from Amazon, IBM, Google etc. Raspberry Pi with AIY voice kit, Intel Mobidius CNN stick, Amazon DeepLens and others that can help members to build projects that demonstrate AI abilities such as face recognition, Build a voice recogniser, Create a voice user interface, Control a LED,Attach a servo, Control a DC motor do fake news recognition and so on. 

Members will be from the neighbourhood community ranging from School students to grown ups. As the purpose is to enhance curiosity as well as to make applications and perhaps sow the seeds of an AI start-up, there will be categories of memberships such as : Observer, Explorer, Creator, Developer and Entrepreneur. 

Education and training to overcome ignorance of STEM and acquisition of new skills led by complex problem solving, cognitive flexibility, critical thinking and creative thinking for very large numbers over very short times is fundamental. Educators empowered with mobile phone technology of specific Apps and WhatsApp for learner cohort management will be the most powerful enabler for this. India could possibly become the world’s hub for educational Apps.

The reason why accomplished practicing educators are more important than the policy maker bureaucrats and fossilised experts in this situation is that while an expert can demonstrate his or her expertise, an inspiring technology empowered educator can transform every ignorant person to an expert by using techniques for successful learning. 

These Stages of Learning are –

  • Stage1: Unconscious Incompetence.
  • Stage2: Conscious Incompetence.
  • Stage3: Conscious Competence.
  • Stage 4: Unconscious Competence.
  • Stage5: Flow / Mastery.

I have labelled the way forward as Learning 321, to mean the right approach to education in the 3rd decade of the 21st century. The 3 digits 321 indicate that we are referring to the upcoming 10 years, and in these rapidly changing times a horizon of more than a decade is too long to foresee and anticipate. With the education conceptualised in Learning 321 which is the combination of the soul of an IIT education, the large amount of resources accessible through the Internet and the power of self-education, the otherwise dreaded VUCA ( volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world becomes transformed to a visible, unbounded, challenging and abundant world. 

Learning 321: the 8-fold path:

1: Teachers have a deep learning mindset ( well versed in deep learning techniques of Machine learning as well as pedagogy of mastery learning and learning in depth) 

2: Learners are heavily engaged in the learning process having mastered the techniques of learning to learn and to build ‘learning power’.

3: Instructional activities promote “high cognitive challenges” to build Complex Problem Solving Skills

4: Opportunities to apply learning to authentic situations. 

5: Development of Mathematical and Computational Thinking

6: Following the adage of Francis Bacon that “Knowledge is Power”

7: Fluency in English language skills.

8: Blending of personalised and community learning. 

Happy Teachers Day!

This is your decade. Educators will be the most important. They will be training AI empowered software and educating humans to transform them from uninformed persons to experts. 

They are the engines of India’s acceleration to the 5 trillion dollar economy.


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August 2019: WhatsApp courses on AI awareness and lifelong learning

Schedule of WhatsApp courses : for August 2019

There are 2 tracks in which I am offering WhatsApp courses, one is the awareness track on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning ( for School students, Educators and Parents) and the other is a lifelong learning track to make everyone a better learner and be able to have a long, healthy and meaningful life. 

The AI track: 

1: AIML4CBSE+: Fresh cohorts will be formed on every first weekend of the month, beginning with the August cohort  beginning 3rd August 2019:( Scheduled posts from 5 pm to 7pm): a 4 weekends course that will run on Saturday 3rd/ Sunday 4th ; Saturday 10th/ Sunday 11th; Saturday 17th/ Sunday 18th; and Saturday 24th/ Sunday 25th.

2: AIML4 educators: This course will run over two weekends, with two different batches every month. The first batch for August 2019 will run on Saturday 3rd/ Sunday 4th and Saturday 10th/ Sunday 11th, with scheduled posts between 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 

The second  batch of AIML4 educators  for August 2019 will run on Saturday 17th/ Sunday 18th and Saturday 24th/ Sunday 25th, with scheduled posts between 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 

3: AIML4 parents : of School-going children, every weekend of the month. There will be 5 different batches in the month of August  2019. This course will have fresh cohorts that will run on Saturday 3rd/ Sunday 4th ; Saturday 10th/ Sunday 11th; Saturday 17th/ Sunday 18th; Saturday 24th/ Sunday 25th; and a 5th batch on Saturday 31st August/ Sunday 1st September, with scheduled posts from 10 pm to 11:30 pm: 

The Lifelong Learning Track: 

Weekend courses on lifelong learning:

Scheduled posts at 7am, 7:30am, 8am, 8:30am and 9am on both Saturday and Sunday:

1st weekend: August 3rd and 4th 

LLL01: Becoming a Better Learner:

2nd weekend: August 10th and 14th

LLL02: An investment in learning is the best option :

3rd weekend: August 17th and 18th

LLL03: Learning with Whatsapp, other mobile Apps and MOOCs:

4th weekend : August 24th and 25th

LLL04: Grit: Passion with Perseverance :

Weeklong courses on lifelong learning :

Scheduled posts at 7am, 7:30am, 8am, 8:30am and 9am everyday from Monday to Friday

1: First week : 5th to 9th August:

LLL13: Overcoming Maths Phobia

2: Second week: 12th to 16th August:

LLL14: Finding your ( or your child’s ) element?

3: Third week : 19th to 23rd August:

LLL15: Disruptive Innovation 

4: Fourth week : 26th to 30th August: 

LLL16: Computational Thinking 

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Registration and Course Fees:

Registration: 

For all Programs prospective learners can make an advance request for enrolment, and their request will be noted. The course specific group will of course be activated a couple of days before the start of the course. There would be time upto the start of the course to pay the fees.

Course Fee structure : 

Course fee are different for different courses depending upon the topic and target group. For the August 2019 admission cycle the fees are as follows:

1: AIML4CBSE+ : fee Rs 3000/-

2: AIML4 educators : fee Rs 2000/-

3: AIML4 parents : fee Rs 500/-

4: Fee for weekend courses ( LLL01 to LLL04): fee Rs 500/- for each of these courses

5: Fee for weeklong courses ( LLL13 to LLL16): fee Rs 1250/- for each of these courses

For any special, bulk, group or Institutional arrangements, please make enquiries by sending an e-mail to mmpant@gmail.com or a WhatsApp or simple text message to Prof MM Pant at :+919810073724

Fees can be easily paid by PayTMto mobile number :+919810073724

For those who would rather pay by Bank Transfer, the following is the required information :

LMP Education Trust

Kotak Mahindra Bank, Sector 31, Gurgoan 

A/c 9812371643

IFSC- KKBK0004258

Type of account- Saving

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WhatsApp delivered courses during July 2019

My schedule of WhatsApp  courses : for July 2019

There are 2 tracks in which I am offering WhatsApp courses, one is the awareness track on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning ( for School students, Educators and Parents) and the other is a lifelong learning track to make everyone a better learner and be able to have a long, healthy and meaningful life. 

The AI track: 

1: AIML4CBSE+: Fresh cohorts will be formed on every first weekend of the month, beginning with the first cohort  beginning 6th July 2019:( Scheduled posts from 5 pm to 7pm): a 4 weekends course that will run on Saturday 6th/ Sunday 7th ; Saturday 13th/ Sunday 14th; Saturday 20th/ Sunday 21st; and Saturday 27th/ Sunday 28th.

2: AIML4 educators: This course will run over two weekends, with two different batches every month. The first batch for July 2019 will run on Saturday 6th/ Sunday 7th and Saturday 13th/ Sunday 14th, with scheduled posts between 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 

The second  batch for July 2019 will run on Saturday 20th/ Sunday 21st and Saturday 27th/ Sunday 28th, with scheduled posts between 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 

3: AIML4 parents : of School-going children, every weekend of the month. There will be 4 different batches in the month of July 2019. This course will have fresh cohorts that will run on Saturday 6th/ Sunday 7th ; Saturday 13th/ Sunday 14th; Saturday 20th/ Sunday 21st; and Saturday 27th/ Sunday 28th( Scheduled posts from 10 pm to 11:30 pm): 

The Lifelong Learning Track: 

Weekend courses on lifelong learning:

Scheduled posts at 7am, 7:30am, 8am, 8:30am and 9am on both Saturday and Sunday:

1st weekend: July 6th and 7th 

LLL01: Becoming a Better Learner:

2nd weekend: July 13th and 14th

LLL02: An investment in learning is the best option :

3rd weekend: July 20th and 21st

LLL03: Learning with Whatsapp, other mobile Apps and MOOCs:

4th weekend : July 27th and 28th

LLL04: Grit: Passion with Perseverance :

Weeklong courses on lifelong learning :

Scheduled posts at 7am, 7:30am, 8am, 8:30am and 9am everyday from Monday to Friday

1: First week : 1st to 5th July:

LLL13: Overcoming Maths Phobia

2: Second week: 8th to 12th July:

LLL14: Finding your ( or your child’s ) element?

3: Third week : 15th to 19th July:

LLL15: Disruptive Innovation 

4: Fourth week : 22nd to 26th July: 

LLL16: Computational Thinking 

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Registration and Course Fees:

Registration: 

For all Programs prospective learners can make an advance request for enrolment, and their request will be noted. The course specific group will of course be activated a couple of days before the start of the course. There would be time upto the start of the course to pay the fees.

Course Fee structure : 

Course fee are different for different courses depending upon the topic and target group. For the July 2019 admission cycle the fees are as follows:

1: AIML4CBSE+ : fee Rs 3000/-

2: AIML4 educators : fee Rs 2000/-

3: AIML4 parents : fee Rs 500/-

4: Fee for weekend courses ( LLL01 to LLL04): fee Rs 500/- for each of these courses

5: Fee for weeklong courses ( LLL13 to LLL16): fee Rs 1250/- for each of these courses

For any special, bulk, group or Institutional arrangements, please make enquiries by sending an e-mail to mmpant@gmail.com or a WhatsApp or simple text message to Prof MM Pant at :+919810073724

Fees can be easily paid by PayTMto mobile number :+919810073724

For those who would rather pay by Bank Transfer, the following is the required information :

LMP Education Trust

Kotak Mahindra Bank, Sector 31, Gurgoan 

A/c 9812371643

IFSC- KKBK0004258

Type of account- Saving

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AI Inspirational @class 8

Now available as a one month course every month: 

Schedule for May 2019: 

Saturday 4th May: Session 1

Sunday 5th May: Sessions 2 and 3

Saturday 11th May : Session 4

Sunday 12th May : Sessions 5 and 6

Saturday 18th May : Session 7

Sunday 19th May : Sessions 8 and 9

Saturday 25th May : Session 10

Sunday 26th May : Sessions 11 and 12

This is the tentative outline of the topics to be addressed in each of the 12 sessions of the program:

Saturday 4th May : Session 1: Why the buzz about AI?

1.1@5pm: AI is all around us

1.2@5:30pm: Future expectations from Artificial Intelligence

1.3@6pm: How do machines learn? 

Sunday 5th May: Session 2: AI today

2.1@9am: A short history of Artificial Intelligence 

2.2@9:30am: Artificial Intelligence and its applications in daily life.

2.3@10am: Human-AI interaction

Sunday 5th May: Session 3: Computational Thinking

3.1@5pm: What is Computational Thinking

3.2@5:30pm : Decomposition and Pattern Recognition 

3.3@6pm : Algorithms and evaluation

Saturday 11th May: Session 4: AI exploration:

4.1@5pm: Inspirational AI start-ups 

4.2@5:30pm: Explore application of Artificial Intelligence in their daily lives.

4.3@6pm: Explore trends and  potential of AI in a given context

Sunday 12th May :Session 5: AI and imagination: 

5.1@9am: A letter to your future self

5.2@9:30am: An imaginary conversation with some (5) AI pioneers : Alan Turing, Geoffrey Hunt, Ian Goodfellow, Marvin Minsky, Herbert Simon

5.3@10am: A debate about good AI versus bad AI

Saturday 18th May: Session 6: IoT and AI

6.1@3pm: Smart Cities 

6.2@3:30pm: Smart Homes

6.3@4pm: Smart Schools

Session 7: Natural Language Processing: 

7.1@3pm: Speech generation

7.2@3:30pm: Speech Recognition 

7.3@4pm: Chatbots 

Session 8: Computer Vision

8.1@9am:Object Recognition 

8.2@9:30am:Face Recognition

8.3@10am:Image recognition

Session 9: Deep Learning:

9.1@3pm: About the human brain and the Central Nervous System

9.2@3:30pm: Artificial Neural Networks

9.3@4pm: Applications of Deep Learning

Session 10: AI and sustainable development goals 

10.1@3pm: What are the SDGs?

10.2@3:30pm: AI for human happiness 

10.3@4pm: Responsible Citizenship

Session 11: AI and ethics 

11.1@9am: Bias: in data collection 

11.2@9:30am: Bias : Why it occurs and how to reduce it

11.3 @10am: Bias : in access

Session 12: A bright  future with AI

12.1@3pm: Opportunities in AI and Machine Learning 

12.2@3:30pm: Attributes of an AI Practitioner : communication and collaborative skills 

12.3@4pm: The education and skills set of an AI Practitioner

The details may be tweaked somewhat during the actual delivery of the program. 

One session on Saturday: in the afternoon from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Two sessions on Sunday : morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am and afternoon from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

This will be repeated every month.

The fee per person will be Rs 3000/-. 

Fresh students will be added till the end of 2nd weekend. Such students will be sent the earlier posts as direct messages.

Those who come in later will be registered in advance for the next month’s batch. 

For joining the course or to know more, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof. MM Pant at +919810073724

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Inspirational AI@class8:

The Program

Inspirational AI@class 8:

A recent CBSE circular number 14/2019 dated 9th March 2019 addressed to the heads of all Institutions affiliated to the CBSE, in the last sentence of its first paragraph says, “To enhance the multidisciplinary approach in teaching learning and also to sensitize the new generation, it was decided that School may start AI “Inspire module” of 12 hours at Class VIII itself.”

CBSE has not given any indicative content yet, so we have created our own module with content to inspire young learners to aspire to pursue both careers in AI or careers with AI, depending upon their aptitude’s and interests. As CBSE shares indicative content, we will include them in our futuristic learning model.

CBSE has suggested a 12 hour learning intervention. In addition to the traditional way of teaching where it is feasible, I have designed a digital and mobile learning framework to enhance or as an alternative to the traditional form.

One format which is my recommended format is a learning experience over 6 weekends, each day being about an hour of learning spread over 4 Whatsapp posts at scheduled times which may be either a morning slot (8am, 8:30am, 9am and 9:30am ) or an evening slot (4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm and 5:30pm) . The choice of the morning slot or evening slot will be left to the learner.

Since CBSE refers to this as an inspirational course, every session will have an inspirational quote about AI and allied Technologies. It will also have a brief inspirational message from great thought leaders related to life-skills and values especially for the future in the 21st century.

The content for each Whatsapp post will comprise text ( ~ 800 words) and a short video/ audio. The total transaction time for each Whatsapp post will be about 15 minutes. The total time by the student during each session will be about an hour, but with breaks allowing for ‘spacing’ of learning and also use of multiple media types to make learning more engaging.

The first batch ( cohort) is on offer during the four weekends of April and the first two of May in 2019.

A proposed schedule is : Session 1 on Saturday 6th April 2019, Session 2 on Sunday 7th April 2019, Session 3 on Saturday 13th April 2019, Session 4 on Sunday 14th April 2019, Session 5 on Saturday 20th April 2019, Session 6 on Sunday 21st April 2019, Session 7 on Saturday 27th April 2019, Session 8 on Sunday 28th April 2019, Session 9 on Saturday 4th May 2019, Session 10 on Sunday 5th May 2019, Session 11 on Saturday 11th May 2019, and the final session Session 12 on Sunday 12th May 2019.

Then regular batches in many formats moving towards personalisation for each learner from July 2019. These could be instructor led sessions by trained facilitators, remote training using Skype, Zoom or similar technologies. There are many possibilities depending upon the context of the School.

We can facilitate the School so that they can start AI for class 8 students right when the new session begins in April 2019 through Whatsapp on mobiles.

The program begins with capturing the present buzz about AI, and sharing the narrative on how it got this way. This is followed by introducing Computational Thinking an idea mooted by Jeanette Wing in 2008 and now accepted by large parts of the world as an essential competence for future readiness. The 4th session deals with Mathematical Modelling which is a precursor to AI. All the NCERT Mathematics books from classes 9 to 12 have Mathematical Modelling as Appendix 2. But very seldom student does a learn it and it is a rare teacher that teaches it. It is hoped that this will motivate the learners to not only better learn Mathematical Modelling but other topics in Mathematics as they would have appreciated the importance of Mathematics in their pursuit of AI. The 5th and 6th sessions survey the landscape of AI and allied technologies. The 7th,8th,9th and 10th sessions cover the nuts and bolts of AI. Today the most versatile tool in the AI armour is Deep Learning with almost universal applicability. The second last session no.11 addresses concerns of jobs, work and ethics, while the last 12th session throws up the various new opportunities for persons with AI competencies. It describes the attributes and competencies expected of an AI Professional, and what educational path to follow to be an accomplished AI professional.

This is the tentative outline of the topics to be addressed in each of the 12 sessions of the program:

Session 1: Why the buzz about AI?

1.1: AI is all around us

1.2 :Amazon, Netflix, Siri and Alexa

1.3 : Future expectations from Artificial Intelligence

1.4: Difference between traditional Computing and Artificial Intelligence

Session 2: AI today

2.1: A short history of AI

2.2: The winter of AI

2.3: The renewed interest in AI

2.4: What can AI do today

Session 3: Computational Thinking

3.1: What is Computational Thinking

3.2 : Decomposition

3.3 : Pattern Recognition

3.4 : Algorithms and evaluation

Session 4: Mathematical Modelling

4.1: What is Mathematical Modelling?

4.2: The stages of Mathematical Modelling

4.3: Applications of Mathematical Modelling

4.4: From Mathematical Modelling to Machine Learning

Session 5: The Landscape of AI:

5.1: The Turing Machine

5.2: Rule Based Expert Systems

5.3: Swarm Intelligence

5.4: Narrow Intelligence and Artificial General Intelligence

Session 6: Other allied Technologies

6.1: Sensor Technologies

6.2: Internet of Things

6.3: Blockchain

6.4: Augmented and Virtual Reality

Session 7: Classifiers:

7.1: What are classifiers?

7.2: How do they work?

7.3: Spam filters

7.4: Identifying fake news

Session 8: Other tools

8.1:Predictor Systems

8.2:Speech Recognition

8.3:Image recognition

8.4:Chatbots

Session 9: Machine Learning :

9.1: What are learning algorithms? Supervised, Unsupervised and Reinforcement Learning

9.2: Examples of Machine Learning Applications

9.3: Popular Machine Learning Algorithms

9.4: Limitations of Machine Learning

Session 10: Deep Learning:

10.1: About the human brain and the Central Nervous System

10.2: Artificial Neural Networks

10.3: Types of Artificial Neural Networks

10.4: Applications of Deep Learning

Session 11: AI, work and human happiness

11.1: AI and the future of work in the Gig economy

11.2: AI for human happiness

11.3 : The idea of a Universal Basic Income

11.4: AI and ethics

Session 12: A bright future with AI

12.1: Opportunities in AI and Machine Learning

12.2: Attributes of an AI Professional

12.3: The education of an AI Professional

12.4: Formal and self-learning opportunities for a career with AI

The details may be tweaked somewhat during the actual delivery of the program.

The entire program is designed, developed and delivered by Professor MM Pant ( mmpant.com and mmpant.net).

Programs in AI for School children have been under consideration for about 2 years, shortly after Professor Klaus Schwab in January 2016 at the World Economic Forum drew attention to the arrival of the 4th Industrial Revolution led by Artificial Intelligence and allied Technologies, in a convergence of the Physical world, the Information world and the biological world.

To know more and join the program, please send a Whatsapp message to Prof. MM Pant at : +919810073724

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