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Setting standards for AI is in the news, as are the tools, both hardware and software, for which development is needed. Perhaps not coincidentally, we are presently undergoing challenges to effective “quality control” of human online communication that is processed by algorithms, such as those at Facebook, which try to determine what is in fact news and not fake.

So, it’s clear that values and choice, purpose and intention, all of which are “human qualities” will be as important, or more important, as any other factor as the communication revolution unfolds.

(automation perhaps being one very important subset of communications…guiding machines to do what humans used to do…according to various rules set by humans. These machines have to be “instructed” what to do, which is a form of communication. When automation takes on “higher level” human jobs, such as teacher or doctor, a corresponding set of instructions needs to be developed that “controls” how that process works.

Machines in effect will be communicating with humans in ever more complicated and significant ways. We already have communcating pals such as Siri, which connect us in profound ways with information, and in effect, might eventually be that interface piece that actually does the “teaching role” or the “doctor role” or “the parent role”…or? But it will be centered on the rules and MO for communication between humans and machines.

That communication, in short, is AI.)

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes for AI, various platforms being developed. And then there’s one of the early leaders in adaptive learning, which is a form of AI, Knewton. They had at one point promised a mom and pop version that online learning providers could link into to provide adaptive learning for online courses.

Here’s a current look at Knewton’s adapative learning webpage.