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Successful review @ European Commission

The first official review of the X5GON project at the European Commission in Brussels was successful. The project delivering an Artificial Intelligence platform for Open Educational Resources was pronounced as highly innovative and its platform one with great potential. X5GON can help us make a case for the role of OER in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4.

We shared the idea of opening the platform and its APIs to the OER community and start-ups, and invite them to use our data and tools. This pleased the reviewers who suggested we should think about it as “…like you’re digging a tunnel into a mountain, not knowing what’s behind it – until you let them come to you. It’s a case of letting the community open your eyes to the possibilities.” Congrats to our partners!

Great developments @ World Summit in AI

VIP tickets in our pockets! This was our first AI World Summit, and it didn’t disappoint. The world’s leading AI summit for the entire AI ecosystem, Enterprise, Big Tech and Research, presented not just a great mix of players, but also the not-for-profit players in the field.

Global South AI directory – a narrative of players, places and potential

The hype surrounding AI is spreading rapidly across sectors and around the globe, but more research is needed to explore the potential benefits and risks, particularly as they relate to the developing world.

For this purpose we have created a map of AI hot spots in emerging economies. The first mapping comprises 33 countries with a total of 617 institutions across 4 regions, ASIA, LAC, MENA, and SSA. The directory has quantitative value, as it presents the first bottom-up mapping of AI entities in the Global South.

Check the online directory for more detailed browsing. Read the blog here.

 

 

John Shawe-Taylor becomes new UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence

John Shawe Taylor and Fred Mulder @ UNESCO Chair Workshop on Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Learning at UNESCO HQ In Paris.
John Shawe Taylor is new UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence

We are pleased that the UNESCO  Selection Committee has favorably evaluated the proposal for the establishment of a UNESCO Chair on Artificial Intelligence at University College of London which is one of the core members of our network.

The standard Agreement between the UNESCO Director-General and UCL to formally establish the Chair will be prepared shortly.

The Chair will study Artificial Intelligence as a driver and component for solutions and strategies to assist the achievement of the SDGs. This makes John Shawe-Taylor (K4A Chairman) the third trustee to become UNESCO Chair.

Presentation on machine translation for open content @ Creative Commons Summit

We sucessfully presented our machine translation platform TransLexy and the “MT 4 Education” initiative to crack the language barrier for education in developing countries that have “fragmentary” or “weak/no” machine translation support, at the Creative Commons Summit 2018.

This is an annual meeting that celebrates the culture of sharing, and provides a space for open communities to collectively grow a vibrant, usable commons, powered by collaboration and gratitude. The 2018 CC Global Summit took place April 13 – 15, 2018, in Toronto and follows the theme “On Common Ground: Collaborate and Participate”.

Presenting Artificial Intelligence tools for SDG4 at UNESCO

We presented the notion of AI in education and Machine Translation tools at the Mobile Learning Week, UNESCO’s flagship ICT in education event. The 2018 edition, under the theme “Skills for a connected world”, examined the types of skills needed in and for a connected economy and society, with a focus on digital skills and competencies. It also reviewed strategies and ways in which these skills can be delivered and assessed within the context of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4).

K4A trustee Rayid Ghani blog on Cambridge Analytica

Rayid Ghani who is currently a trustee of K4A used to be Chief Scientist at Obama for America 2012 campaign focusing on analytics, technology, and data. Read his take on why what Cambridge Analytica did was unacceptable.

Open education policies reports

In February last year we participated in the OpenEdu Polices workshop at the JRC in Seville.  After a year of intense research on open education policies, two reports have been recently published.

  1. Going Open: Policy Recommendations on Open Education in Europe brings policy recommendations at regional, national and EU levels to foster open education in all education sectors.
  2. Policy Approaches to Open Education – Case Studies from 28 EU Member States provides an analysis of current policies on open education across Europe. For this report, ministries of education, science and technology have been approached to present and discuss their current and planned open education policies.

We have launched a new machine translation service for education

Translexy

We have been working on a translation service that developers could use to make their MOOCs, LMS systems and education apps available in multiple languages. We already have machine-translation technology that we use across VideoLectures.Net to do things like provide subtitles in multiple languages. Now, we have extended it and made it available through Translexy, an API that allows you to translate your educational text.

Successful NIPS workshop on Fake News

We were involved in organising a NIPS workshop titled “Prioritising Online Content”. The event featured spotlights and presentatiosn from accepted papers, and keynotes by Andreas Vlachos, University of Sheffield and Aris Gionis, Aalto University.