Machine Learning and Human Intelligence

The future of education for the 21st century

Paperback / softback, 160 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
22 Jun 2018

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Intelligence is at the heart of what makes us human, but the methods we use for identifying, talking about and valuing human intelligence are impoverished. We invest artificial intelligence (AI) with qualities it does not have and, in so doing, risk losing the capacity for education to pass on the emotional, collaborative, sensory and self-effective aspects of human intelligence that define us. To address this, Rosemary Luckin - leading expert in the application of AI in education - proposes a framework for understanding the complexity of human intelligence. She identifies the comparative limitation of AI when analysed using the same framework, and offers clear-sighted recommendations for how educators can draw on what AI does best to nurture and expand our human capabilities.

  • Rosemary Luckin

    Rosemary Luckin is Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab in London. Her research involves the design and evaluation of educational technology using theories from the learning sciences and techniques from artificial intelligence (AI). She is also Director of EDUCATE: a London hub for Educational Technology StartUps, researchers and educators to work together on the development of evidence-informed educational technology. She is President of the International Society for Artificial Intelligence and Education.

CONTENTS: 1. Intelligence, human and artificial; 2. What is intelligence? Part 1: Knowledge and knowing the world; 3. What is intelligence? Part 2: Knowledge of and knowing about ourselves; 4. Talking about intelligence in humans and machines; 5. Who moved my intelligence? 6. The power of learning and the importance of education; 7. Social and meta-intelligence: How education can prepare humans for an AI world; References; Index.

Extract from article in the online news magazine Quartz. ‘Human intelligence is vast and complex. Yet it is measured—and valued—crassly. And in an age when artificial intelligence is capable of nailing IQ tests and mastering knowledge-based curricula, humans may be setting ourselves up to be outshone by technology.
“I think we are in danger of dumbing ourselves down,” says Rose Luckin, a professor of learning-centered design at University College London who has been studying artificial intelligence and learning for more than 25 years. Because we measure intelligence in very limited ways, “we are very impressed by the sort of intelligent behavior our technology can produce.”
Luckin’s latest book, Machine Learning and Human Intelligence: The future of education for the 21st Century, argues that if we want to avoid turning our kids—and their teachers—into robots, we have to radically redefine intelligence. She advocates using AI to help us develop and measure human intelligence in various forms to better prepare students for a workplace that requires constant adaptation and learning.’

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Jenny Anderson, Quartz

'This book questions our relationship with knowledge, interrogates our understanding of intelligence and considers what it means to be human in the age of machines. Rose Luckin’s belief that educators can and should be the crucial agents of change in our approach to AI makes this book a vitally important read for anyone interested in preparing a generation of young people for what lies ahead.'

Lord Puttnam, Member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence

'This is a fascinating examination of intelligence. Rose Luckin successfully unpacks the relationship between intelligence, knowledge and information, and clarifies the competitive advantage of the elements of human intelligence over artificial intelligence. Her case for urgently moving to an intelligence-based curriculum is compelling.'

Lord Jim Knight, Chief Education and External Officer, Tes, and former Schools Minister

'This highly accessible book offers a thoughtful, personal exploration of what it means to know. From this critical foundation Luckin offers a many-faceted consideration of intelligence as it applies to humans and as it might apply to non-human systems. Her observations on what all this means for education make this a book anyone concerned with the policy and practice of teaching and learning should read.'

Angela McFarlane, Trustee, Education Development Trust

‘Few people if any understand the future of machine learning and AI, and their applications to education, better than Rose Luckin. There is no more important topic for those involved in education to comprehend. There is no better guide than this book.'

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham