A Conversation on Artificial Intelligence in Education

April 18, 2023

Merlyn Mind and C-Learning Host Conversation on Artificial Intelligence in Education from Across the Sector at the House of Lords, Facilitated by The Right Honourable Lord Jim Knight of Weymouth.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly changing the world and education is no exception. AI-powered tools and technologies are being used to personalise learning, provide real-time feedback and automate tasks, all of which have the potential to transform the way students learn.

To discuss the potential of AI in education, leading AI education technology specialists Merlyn Mind and C-Learning supported by The Right Honourable Lord Knight of Weymouth facilitated a conversation at the House of Lords in the UK on Wednesday 29th March to explore this rapidly emerging area. Attendees included Government representatives from across Europe as well as a cross section of leaders from across education. 

The event was put together by Merlyn Mind and C-Learning. The Merlyn Mind team are leaders in AI in education based in the US and created the world’s first voice activated AI assistant for teachers, and C-Learning supports thousands of educators in more than 30 countries with cloud, AI and VR technologies.

The event included a detailed conversation about the benefits and challenges posed by AI in education. Some of the key benefits discussed included the potential for AI to:

  • Personalised learning to meet the needs of each individual student.
  • Provide real-time feedback that helps students learn more effectively.
  • Automate tasks that can free up teachers to spend more time on instruction.

However, the conversation also covered some of the challenges that need to be addressed, such as:

  • The need to ensure that AI systems are fair and unbiased.
  • The need to protect student privacy.
  • The need to prepare teachers for the use of AI in the classroom.

Despite the challenges, the attendees agreed that AI has the potential to transform education for the better, but that regulation and policies would be required to ensure its application powers human potential as required. Those attending called for further research and development in the field, as well as greater collaboration between educators, policymakers, and technology companies to ensure that AI is used in a way that benefits everyone.

Merlyn Mind co-founder and CEO Dr. Satya Nitta said, “We are witnessing an extraordinary moment in the history of AI, with the viral adoption of ChatGPT capturing the imaginations of millions around the world. This is not just a triumph for the researchers working at OpenAI, but for everyone working in the field of AI as well. We now need expert AI teams, like Merlyn Mind, to work closely with educators and policymakers to apply these breakthroughs to AI solutions carefully designed for the needs of education. It was an honour to participate in these important discussions at the House of Lords.”

C-Learning President Ian Nairn said “Artificial intelligence has the potential to change our world for the better by helping us to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, such as climate change, poverty, and disease. It’s also one of the most rapidly emerging technologies disrupting our world so it’s essential that we come together to explore how we might use artificial intelligence to improve how we live, work and learn, and do so in a way that provides equity of access to these tools for everyone. On behalf of both the Merlyn Mind and C-Learning teams I’d like to thank everyone for attending the session at the House of Lords and we will continue the conversations as we explore how to make the most of these technologies’.

Anyone wanting to find out more about the use of AI in education should connect with the C-Learning team at www.c-learning.net or email Connect@c-learning.net