AI and us: Kevin Kelly on ‘centaurs’

In 1997 Watson’s precursor, IBM’s Deep Blue, beat the reigning chess grand master Garry Kasperov in a famous man-versus machine match. After machines repeated their victories in a few more matches, humans largely lost interest in such contests. You might think that this was the end of the story (if not the end of human history), but Kasparov realised that…

In their hands

Make something people can use. Put it in their hands. See what happens. If they’re eager to pay – attention, time, money – you’re onto something. Watch them. Listen to them. Tweak it. Make more of it. See what they think. If they tell their friends – and if their friends tell their friends – then you’ve got it. What…

Education for the future: foundations (2)

This post was lost in the Crocapocalypse – I’m reposting it with its original date. Education is empowering in a very literal sense, and most of the powers that we gain through it are easily weaponised. Driverlesscroc– Education for the future: foundations (1) “Who are we empowering?” This is a fundamental question that we often overlook – and incidentally I think it underlies…

Deep literacy: what it takes

Put aside AI and machine learning for a minute, and ask instead: “What does it take to equip a human to be self-teaching?” As a starting point – how many lines of code does it take to make a child who can read with fluency and ease and with critical understanding, and who loves reading, and is motivated to read and…