This week's must-read stories MIT and IBM are teaming up to build a $240 million AI research lab and business incubator

IBM will invest $240 million to create the MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab in a 10-year partnership with the MIT with the goal of propelling scientific breakthroughs that unlock the potential of AI. The new lab will focus on fundamental artificial intelligence research with the aim to “advance AI hardware, software, and algorithms related to deep learning and other areas”.

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Higher Ed leaders reflect on the challenges of the next 20 years of higher education

On a new white paper, higher education leaders reflect on the possibilities and challenges of the next 20 years in education technology. They think that the current higher education system is unsustainable and ill-suited for a globally connected world that is constantly changing.

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The future of Artificial Intelligence in Education

In a discussion paper released by McKinsey Global Institute, experts analyze the role of Artificial Intelligence across industries, among them education. The study states that AI’s successful implementation will depend not only on technical problems but also on ethical issues, for example, the management of students’ data.

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Carnegie Mellon launches initiative to boost multidisciplinary AI research

A paper published last month in Teaching and Teacher Education claims that the digital native is a myth. The paper presents scientific evidence showing that there is no such thing as a digital native who is more tech-savvy or good at multitasking than older generations. 
 

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A new report on career pathways shares five ways to connect college and careers

In the past, a college education was enough to find a good-stable job but in today’s economy that is no longer the case. The report Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers argues that postsecondary education needs to be more closely aligned to careers to better equip learners with the skills they need to succeed in the 21st-century economy.

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