Personalised Learning: Is Edtech up to it? (transcript)

The following is a transcript from a talk I gave at the Innovate EdTech conference, November 12 2017. Thank you, it’s a pleasure to be here. I am Junaid, I’m a mathematician and so I like to start my talks with numbers. I can tell you there are only 4400 words separating us all from... Continue Reading →

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What Will AI Do for Students and Teachers?

The hype is never far away from Artificial Intelligence. Back in 1953, Marvin Minsky, a founding father of AI, declared: “We’re going to make machines intelligent. We are going to make them conscious,” to which his contemporary Douglas Engelbart replied: “you’re going to do all that for the machines? What are you going to do... Continue Reading →

How (not) to memorise mathematics

Mathematicians are storytellers. At times it is obvious, as in the case of Charles Dodgson, the 19th century Christ Church maths fellow who is better known for his literary works — you know him by his alias, Lewis Carroll. But storytelling is a natural device for the everyday mathematician too. My friend Ed once told me that... Continue Reading →

Does maths make you moral?

I don’t usually mix maths with morality, but two events collided last week to force the issue. On Tuesday, I awoke to the horrific news of events in Manchester. Early indications were a terror attack; 22 dead, scores injured, all innocent. On the train ride into the office, I found myself probing the deeper meaning... Continue Reading →

Thinking in the age of cyborgs

We have our clearest indication yet that the cyborgs are coming. Elon Musk has formally accepted his invitation to the AI party the only way he knows how: by founding a company. Neuralink will create brain-enhancing digital implants; the first step on the road to merging humans with software. Musk has taken on the mantel... Continue Reading →

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