Robot Futures? Exploring Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Education


Date Time Location
9/24/18 4:30-6:00 pm CMU
10/29/18 4:30-6:00 pm Pitt, 4303 Posvar Hall
12/3/18 4:30-6:00 pm Carnegie Library, West Liberty
2/18/19 4:30-6:00 pm CMU, 3305 Newell-Simon
3/25/19 4:30-6:00 pm Pitt, 4303 Posvar Hall


When:             5 Mondays during 2018-2019, 4:30-6:00

Where:            Several locations—CMU, Pitt, and community

Who:               Interested education-connected folks

What:              A cross-role, cross-community study group exploring the impact and implications of artificial intelligence and new technologies for education and for the communities we serve.  We’ll read, write, view, and discuss in a supportive community where we can bring our questions and ideas.

Although we aren’t necessarily planning to do a deep technical dive, we’d like to “play” with the ideas, trying to determine implications for preservice and practicing teachers and their learners. What is artificial intelligence and how is it affecting our lives? Are we living in concert or competition with machines? What do educators in a rapidly changing world need to know about “explicit and unintended consequences of new technology on personal, organizational, and cultural levels”?

We don’t know what may result from our inquiry, but we wouldn’t be astounded if it led to new classroom studies or projects, new efforts to connect with a broader group of educators, or new alliances between disparate folks.

Our tentative idea for sessions might look something like this, although we hope to negotiate and plan with you about what we explore together.

Session One—Introduction–What is artificial intelligence? What might it mean for educators?

Session Two—Singularities: Human or robot or both?

Session Three—Race, gender, equity and artificial intelligence

Session Four—Economics and robots

Session Five—Education and artificial intelligence