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Getting along with intelligent machines

Jorge Alvarado

It is a common view that typical white-collar jobs will disappear with the rise of intelligent machines. While some see this as the dark side of Analytics/Big Data/IOT, it is rather a challenge for educational systems and the future role people with have in their jobs.

«The replacement of humans in jobs -ranging from to help desks to automated cars- has been going on for many years. However, it has been taking a new form in recent years. Whereas machines where traditionally replacing manual labor, they are now also used to accomplish routine information processing and even decision making under uncertainty. The reason for this is simple: Analytic techniques fed with enough information perform better in most occasions.»

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Are Big Data & Analytics shaping a smarter society?

Every day we generate a huge amount of big data, but we need to resort to analytics to make abstract information meaningful and get valuable knowledge from it. In education, learning platforms let us easily gather an immense quantity of data regarding students’ behaviour, interactions, preferences and opinions. When properly analysed — through learning analytics — all these data might provide useful insight on how to make learning processes more adaptive, attractive and efficient.

Are these techniques allowing us to provide better support to our students? Are we taking advantage of big data and analytics to help shape the citizens of the future?

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