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Artificial intelligence: how will work, learning and L&D change?

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Ed-tech entrepreneur, Donald Clark and machine-based learning expert, Toby Simpson on artificial intelligence at Learning Technologies: how will work, learning and the role of the L&D function change?

Ed-tech entrepreneur, Donald Clark (above) and machine-based learning expert, Toby Simpson on artificial intelligence at Learning Technologies 2017
Ed-tech entrepreneur, Donald Clark (above) and machine-based learning expert, Toby Simpson on artificial intelligence at Learning Technologies 2017 

“It is difficult to overstate the likely impact of artificial intelligence on the way we live and learn in the future, and the way we carry out our roles as L&D professionals. If you're freaked out by Amazon guessing what you'll read next ‘you ain't seen nothing yet’. From algorithms to networked knowledge, this session lays bare how AI will transform our lives – and where it already has,” explained Donald H Taylor, Learning Technologies Conference Chair.

“We are only just beginning to see and practically explore and build new forms of artificial, machine-based, collective intelligence. The impact: teaching and learning performed by machines at speed and on a massive scale. This is exhilarating and frightening at the same time. We, as humans, are now part of a network of human teachers, human learners, AI teachers, AI learners, networked knowledge, and networked skills. The world has suddenly become a lot more complex. How will work, learning and the role of the L&D function change?”

Learning Technologies has invited renowned ed-tech entrepreneur, Donald Clark and machine-based learning expert, Toby Simpson, to bring the Conference up to date.

AI - transforming how people learn at work, and the L&D function:

  • The future of the workforce as AI becomes mainstream
  • The role of networks – human and artificial
  • The human in the machine: building biological decision making into AI
  • The human thinking most susceptible to AI, and what least
  • The impact, advantages and disadvantages of AI for L&D

Donald and Toby’s session on artificial intelligence takes place on day one of the Learning Technologies Conference. The conference runs alongside the Learning Technologies Exhibition and forms the most important annual event for learning and development professionals in Europe. Learning Technologies Conference booking is open along with early bird rates.

About Donald Clark
Board member, Ufi

Donald Clark is an EdTech entrepreneur. He was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group plc, which established itself as the leading company in the UK online learning market, floated on the Stock Market in 1996 and sold in 2005. As well as being the CEO of Wildfire Ltd. he also invests in, and advises, EdTech companies. Describing himself as 'free from the tyranny of employment', he is a board member of Cogbooks, LearningPool, WildFire and Deputy Chair of Brighton Dome & Arts Festival. He is also a Visiting Professor and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

About Toby Simpson
CTO, Ososim

Toby began his career designing and creating computer games in the early 90s. His experience includes managing the production of the highly successful 'Creatures' games and working at DeepMind, where he was looking at biologically inspired intelligence, digital genetics and other aspects of machine intelligence. Toby is now taking his experiences and applying them into the world of machine based learning.