Google, Riyaz, MA discussed on CBC Radio - Spark

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I believe we can make more interesting synthetic still arbitrary, but other kinds of distinctions based on the world we live in now, not in the world of the model t and the telegraph fields that didn't exist when when people were creating the modern university in the late night in the late eighteen. Eighteenth to the night, late nineteenth century, you know, they were dealing with the problem of ma- of industrialization urbanism mission and the massive new global corporation beginning new global corporation. Now, we're dealing with outsourcing contingent labor jobs that can be automated overnight where stem jobs are particularly vulnerable. Finally, Kathy, how do you think that our education should respond to the challenge of artificial intelligence and automation? Well, I think that many ways I think one thing we have to realize that all intelligence artificial by that. I mean that when we're judging on a standardized test, how well somebody knows Greek history or some how well somebody knows differential equations we're making that the standard of what knowledge is. So that is artificially sorting certain kinds of knowledge when they're many other kinds of knowledge that are also very important. So one of the ways we have to cope with this is. Finding the human reasons and the human importance for technology and thinking of ways that these technologies actually services humans rather than hurt it. That's those are the kind of human questions that education should be preparing for. Thanks so much for your insight on this. It's my pleasure. Thank you so much for having me. Cathy Davidson is an English professor and the director of the futures initiative at the City University of New York. Next week is the final installment of our summer series, the spark guy to life cells back to school time for students everywhere. So for our last episode, we're going to replay our show from the spring, all about Google for education. Google education also known as Google apps for education or g. suite for education is being used by sixty million students around the world, including across Canada. But over the past year, the equifax breach and Cambridge Analytica among other events, raised our awareness of and wariness about what companies and institutions are doing with our data. So with that in mind, what does it mean that a private for profit company is finding a place in Canadian schools. Riyaz bizarre is a parent who works in information security. And the idea of his daughter using Google for education didn't sit well with him. Quite a lot of information that is going to accumulate through the service through my daughter's life and all that information kind of paint a profile, digital profile of your child and in the wrong hands. It can really be mental tour in the future. That was Riyaz bizarre. You can hear the rest of our episode on Google for education next week on spark. That's sparked this time around. The show was made by Kent Hoffman. Adam Killick, Josh Blier, ramrod sharp endrin actually July epi and op gear.

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