A recent theme on this blog has been how computers are getting better senses and are more able to make sense of what they pick up. A city full of cameras was not really a privacy threat because nobody can watch every camera all the time, and even if they could they didn’t know who you were. Computers can watch every camera all the time and using facial recognition databases, they can compile a list of your movements and activities. Of course that is an example of misusing the technology, there are other uses that could be beneficial.
If you want a learning system that will constant adapt to an individual learners style, then you will need a constantly adaptable curriculum too. It’s hard enough to create one lesson to give to a class enmass, imagine trying to create an individual lesson for each kid. It’s impossible for a teacher to do it. A computer might be able to though. In order for this to happen you need a computer program that can take in information and then write a lesson based on certain criteria. While there is no program that can do this (yet) I was sent this story by a loyal reader Ted Kosan! (Thanks Ted)
Via Singularity Hub
Philip M. Parker, Professor of Marketing at INSEAD Business School, has had a side project for over 10 years. He’s created a computer system that can write books about specific subjects in about 20 minutes. The patented algorithm has so far generated hundreds of thousands of books. In fact, Amazon lists over 100,000 books attributed to Parker, and over 700,000 works listed for his company, ICON Group International, Inc. This doesn’t include the private works, such as internal reports, created for companies or licensing of the system itself through a separate entity called EdgeMaven Media.
Here’s a video explaining his patented method for creating books.
And here’s an interview with the author himself.
Machine Generated Content will be huge in the next few years. In fact, I would bet that we will see startup companies pretty soon that just create vast quantities of learning content for use in online learning systems. By the way, when this happens it will crush the textbook market because it will provide a customized textbook that is almost as good but for minimal cost. More disruptive technology.