AI and Automation
Graham Brown-Martin


I’m not sure what your piece in Medium is really saying. Perhaps you could elaborate? It sounds like you are expressing an anxiety about the potential of AI but your piece does not go any further than that.

Generally, the history of automation seems to indicate some important general effects: (i) the degradation of the quality of work as a fulfilling activity; (ii) the rise of managerialism as a process of codifying and controlling work; and (iii) the constant and repeated lowering of the market price of labour (the so-called Babbage principle) with consequent impoverishment (I.e. no luxuriating in extended leisure pursuits but merely a heightened struggle for financial survival.)

In relation to ongoing discussions about the potential of AI to enhance or provide yet lolmore responsive, adaptive and personalised learning (e.g. see the just published report by UCL and Pearson) I would say to these prophets to be very careful: you may get what you wish for!

Education professionals should very cautious about the automation of what is, fundamentally, a knowledge profession.

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