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AI-Powered Technologies and Practices in Higher Ed

In a recently published blog about the 2022 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report, I noted that the report’s experts had identified six technologies and practices that will have a significant impact on teaching and learning. Two of those technologies, AI for Learning Analytics and AI for Learning Tools, incorporate the utilization of Artificial Intelligence technology.

Over the years, I have written about Artificial Intelligence many times.

James Webb Space Telescope Reaches Critical Cooling Point

I have written about NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in the past. For more than two decades, NASA and its European and Canadian partners planned to replace the Hubble Telescope, finally launching the James Webb Telescope (JWT) from French Guiana on December 25, 2021.

During the 30 days that the JWT took to reach its target destination, one million miles from Earth, news coverage was fairly broad, tracking not just the journey but the various mechanical steps taken to unfold the five layer sunshield designed to block sunlight from the sensitive mirrors and instruments, unfold the mirrors, and align those mirrors to maximize the focus point on distant stars and planets many light years away.

The James Webb Space Telescope

I grew up during America’s space race to the moon and remember watching most of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo launches including the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. With the creation of the space shuttle program and construction of our space station, America’s post-moon landing space program focused more on conducting scientific experiments instead of traveling to the moon or other planets.

Open-Source Intelligence Advances Thanks to Technology

The August 7th issue of "The Economist" has an editorial and a feature article about the advances of open-source intelligence capabilities once reserved for superpowers. Open-source intelligence, also known as OSINT, is not a recent development. However, advances in technology have increased the opportunities for citizens not employed by an intelligence agency to find and disclose information that governments might want to remain classified.

Google Announces Plans to Further Improve Its Search Engine with MUM

Financial Times writer Richard Waters has reported recently announced changes to Google’s search engine. Google says that its multitask unified model (MUM) is a tool powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and designed to better answer context-related questions. Pandu Nayak, the Google researcher in charge of MUM, explained in an interview that the targeted outcome of using the tool is to meet “fuzzy information needs” by allowing users to input a single question, rather than a sequence of questions designed to narrow down the field of potential answers.

AI: What Will It Mean for American Education Tomorrow?

Last month, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issued a report about the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on education. Authored by Dirk Van Damme, Head of the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, the report begins by mentioning the collapse of the financial system in 2008, the pandemic, and climate change. It also states that the most disruptive change in the 21st century will be AI.