How do we flourish in the age of AI?

AI took centre stage at the Middle East’s largest global education summit – WISE, held in Doha on 28-29 November.

Hundreds of thought leaders, policymakers, ministers and innovators across education and industry gathered to address international delegates for the 11th edition of the summit in Qatar, from The World Bank to the Institute of Experiential AI.

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Scaling up education with AI

The main theme of the conference was Creative Fluency: Human Flourishing in the Age of AI and the summit went on to take an in-depth look at the potential impact of AI on the global education landscape and beyond.In the opening plenary by WISE education prize winner Safeena Hussein she shared how AI insights are helping to mobilise more girls into classrooms and ensuring they can deliver quality education at scale. While a session entitled: ‘Writing the Rules: What Does the Roadmap to AI Look Like?’ by Fernando Díaz del Castillo, Chief Learning Officer at Mentu, a digital learning company invited delegates to discuss how we can augment intelligence without short circuiting learning.Looking at the growing use of AI across industry sectors, GenAI expert Nina Schick talked delegates through the evolution of AI so far and some existing challenges surrounding the use of AI such as imitation and accuracy. While other speakers discussed misinformation and the need for AI to be steered by human values, particularly accuracy, independence, impartiality, humanity and accountability.Nina-Schick-WISE-2023

Computational thinking

The first day saw several sessions exploring the future of classrooms in the age of AI and how educators, governments and industry need to rethink learning. A particularly interesting session was led by Conrad Wolfram, Co-founder and CEO of The Wolfram Group on redefining learning and the importance of computational thinking – specifically in maths.“With AI reshaping industries and workplaces, understanding the core principles of computational thinking is no longer an option but a necessity for students and educators alike.”Wolfram highlighted how traditional maths education has focused on manual calculations. Instead, he argued the need for students to prioritise problem-solving and the use of computational tools to address complex, real-world challenges in the age of AI. While other sessions explored the integration of AI in classrooms.WISE-stage-2023

Educating for resilience

Later sessions examined the future of work in an AI-driven world and how to prepare young people with future-proof skills. As well as addressing deeper long-term challenges surrounding AI such as equity and knowledge gaps.Recommendations for upskilling were shared by various panellists from industry to vocational providers and AI experts but many agreed there are still many unknowns when it comes to predicting future skills and jobs but one thing is for certain– we are in an AI age.“The question is not how is AI is going to change our world. It should be how are we going to adapt?” said Shick.Don’t miss our full coverage on education, AI and the future of work in the upcoming Winter issue of Think Global People/Relocate.

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