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Artificial intelligence in learning - Donald Clark at LTSF 2018

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Donald Clark, edtech entrepreneur, blogger and speaker, talks to Learning News about artificial intelligence in learning.

"Of all the areas of human endeavour that would benefit from AI, learning is the one that would benefit the most"
"Of all the areas of human endeavour that would benefit from AI, learning is the one that would benefit the most" 

At his session at the recent Learning Technologies Summer Forum, Donald Clark pointed to examples of the application of artificial intelligence in learning and raised questions for the learning community about using AI to dramatically reduce elearning development costs and improve access to learning. 

WildFire is an AI-enabled content creation tool, developed by Donald Clark, which uses voice and natural language in its interface. “You can do the whole elearning experience just by speaking to it; all of the navigation - front, back, next; creates elearning in minutes,” he explained.

Donald went on to criticise the learning community's reliance on expensive ways to develop elearning and challenged the community to embrace AI.

Asked about whether AI is best suited to large companies with large sums to invest, Donald explained that smaller, innovative suppliers, by cherry-picking suitable elements of AI, such as making basic content and voice and face recognition, could make a real difference.

In concluding, Donald turned his attentions to explaining that AI has the potential to be a 'human good' in the world, seeking to aleviate fears about AI's use for military purposes.

“Of all the areas of human endeavour that would benefit from AI, learning is the one that would benefit the most,” explained Clark.

The Learning Technologies Summer Forum took place on 12 June in London. Donald Clark was one of many experts interviewed by Learning News at the event. Learning professionals can keep informed of the latest news and interviews by following Learning News on Twitter @LNwire and by registering for Learning News email updates.