Education has always been one of the constants throughout known history, in one form or another. But the methodologies have always kept on developing as the mankind progressed. Today, where every other kind of interaction – be it social life or corporate life – is being reshaped by technology, so is education.
That’s right. Immersive technologies have an edge when it comes to creative, explorative and experimental learning. Digital technologies make it possible to bring the world into the classroom for students to explore. Click To Tweet Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality, have transformed education into an “active experience” compared to that of passive learning in the past. Diving down deep into the molecular structures or the workings of a human body or the depths of the oceans, this is all possible through immersive technologies. In Pakistan, VRXOne is bringing these disruptive technologies to school. VRXOne is the first and only provider of a broad range of virtual lessons and programs in VR, AR and Artificial Intelligence.
World over, Virtual Reality has already made its mark in the education industry. Whereas Augmented reality apps are frequently used by students in learning. Moving forward, Mixed reality is the next logical step where both digital models of VR and AR combine into one interactive space. Ai tutors help students navigate these worlds, learn more deeply and understand better. The same AI tutors also gauge students’ performance and individual progress. But to draw a distinction between these technologies, let’s see how each technology differs:
Virtual reality (VR) is an immersive digital environment completely different and disconnected from the real world.
Augmented Reality (AR) places digital content over the real-world view.
Mixed Reality (MR) combines both virtual content and real world in a way that they can interact with each other. Inside an MR environment, also called altered reality, the user is simultaneously engaged with the digital environment without losing contact with the actual world.
Essentially, mixed reality combines the best of both digital and real worlds by simulating the otherwise inaccessible information for exploration.
Artificial Intelligence (Ai) helps to remove human intervention from mundane tasks such as grading. This allows teachers to spend their time where it is most needed i.e. classroom interaction and discussion. Additionally, Ai provides continuous assistance and feedback for students through virtual lessons or tutorials.
VRXOne is the leading expert organization in the region combining MR and Ai to highlight both challenges and opportunities in classrooms. The lessons proposed address and provide solution for issues like customized learning, teachers preparation, adaptive group formations, grading softwares, etc. VRXOne has already trained over 8000 students in VR, MR and Ai applications across Middle East. And now bringing this technology to Pakistani schools offering the benefits of “deeper learning” through their curriculum aligned programs. In Dubai, teachers are already rooting for implementing Ai in the classroom.
Benefits Associated with Ai enabled Learning Environments
There are more benefits associated to immersive education technologies in the classroom than we generally understand. A virtual environment does not merely provide activity, it also provides access to things or locations that are physically inaccessible in real-life such as a peek inside the human body, a dive through the Grand Coral Reef, a cruise through galaxies, a walk on the Moon or the Red Planet. All of this is accessible and open for exploration to students on their virtual tours.
The use of MR and Ai in the classroom has led to dramatic improvements for students including:
97% rise in student engagement
97% increased excitement for science lessons
86% improvement in test scores
And as much as, 98% better understanding of difficult concepts
Technology is developing at an incredible speed today. Intelligent computer systems are completely reclaiming the jobs that previously required human intelligence. This transformation is completely reshaping the careers with potentially 47% of jobs disappearing in the next 25 years, as per Oxford University.
This is a scenario that cannot be taken lightly and one that demands complete overhaul of education systems today. We need to prepare a generation that is prepared for the challenges of tomorrow equipped with latest skills for completely new careers.
Once a notion of fiction novels and sci-fi movies, Artificial Intelligence today is becoming a way of life. What with smart devices, intelligent machines, virtual assistants, fitness apps, and so on and so forth. Smart technologies have already seeped their ways across virtually every industry. But Healthcare is one area where they are most rapidly being applied. When it comes to developing countries like Pakistan, the healthcare sector can particularly reap benefits through implementation of Ai.
Ai Healthcare for Developing Countries
Smart fitness apps and health monitoring software have been in use for some time now. But Ai has proved its importance in healthcare in much more complicated avenues. The drug development for the recent 2014 – 2016 outbreak of Ebola Virus (EBOV) in West Africa is the prime example of Healthcare Ai. The process that previously took months was completed in just days with the help of Ai. Another example is the drug discovery for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), which has already been licensed to a British pharmaceutical company.
While this is just the beginning for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, there is no looking back now. We can see how it can further help to save valuable lives in developing countries where resources are strenuous. This lack of healthcare infrastructure is most evident in rural areas. Dr. Sana Farid, a qualified surgeon herself and a Simulation Expert, is particularly interested in bringing Ai innovation to improve healthcare in developing countries, “In the face of the unprecedented challenges that developing nations are faced with in healthcare sector, Ai-based innovation is the key to providing better access to healthcare services, faster diagnosis, cutting-edge medical treatments, and an overall patient-centered service delivery.”
Let’s see how Ai can assist in delivering healthcare services where they are most needed.
Emergency Response, or ER, is one of the most critical areas necessitating implementation of smart technologies. There are already four important areas of ER process where Ai can instantly help bring pivotal changes.
Directing the nearest ER staff to the emergency location within seconds of call received
Directing ambulances on their way back to medical facilities with room for patients and equipment for required medical treatment
Assisting medical staff in determining the shortest route to recovery and most suitable treatment for the disease/injury
These primary Ai assisted services alone can help save thousands of lives in Pakistan every year.
Delivery of Medical Services in Rural Areas
Just as in ER, medical staff can be trained to use Ai in delivering timely services to critical patients. In rural areas, medical staff is either hard pressed with providing timely treatment to an overload of local patients or is not trained enough at all. Ai assisted treatments can help save time and lives without patients having to rush to other advanced facilities in closest cities.
Once materialized, this will not only provide great relief for patients but also unburden emergency facilities in cities of a major load. Ai is especially helpful in remote rural areas, where it can take several hours to get to the nearest medical facility.
Allopathy is a science of trail and error. It can sometimes take months to discover suitable oral treatment for the patients which can lead to complications later. The defective and time-consuming manner also results in deaths as the patient’s health continues to deteriorate over time. Ai is godsend for precision medication. Ai systems can quickly match patient history with available options for treatment and suggest the most appropriate course of action. Here’s how Ai helps uncheck major delivery process milestones instantly:
Diagnosing patient data for genetic medical history
Matching available drug options for cures and eliminating the ones with undesirable side effects
Suggesting most suitable and accurate dosage for a patient’s treatment
Suggesting accurate length of time for medication required
Determining future course of action for the patients
Trauma therapy is a demanding profession but more so is the patient data monitoring associated with it. Therapy is a slow process for majority of patients. And it can be hard to keep track of patient’s progress as human judgment is highly subjective in nature. Ai helps keep track of patient data and also point out nuances of progress that are undetectable by human observation. Technology can also objectively determine the length of time a patient may need to take therapy or even if the therapy is working. These insights make a therapist’s job a lot easier and help them focus more on patients rather than on diagnostics.
Diagnosis and Imaging
Diagnosis and image analysis are complicated, exhaustive branches of medical science. It is humanly impossible to assess mounds of patient data for accurate progress reporting. But using machine algorithms makes it easy work to study the data and detect minutest of changes in a short amount of time. For this reason, Ai has huge significance in the fields of radiology, cardiology and pathology. So much so, that the ability to predict disease patterns makes Ai tremendously useful as a preventive technology.
Like precision medicine, precision surgery is only possible through the use of Ai. Ai assisted surgery is beneficial at many levels both for the patient and medical facilities. For starters,
Ai can help reduce the length of operating procedures significantly by accurately highlighting problem area requiring to be operated on.
Shorter incisions lead to minimal risk of infections and scarring as well as reduced blood loss and need for transfusions.
Precision Surgery, as such, also results in reduced recovery time for the patients hence shortening their stay the hospital.
The reduction in pre, during and post-surgery procedures free up resources for more patients.
Developments in Healthcare Sector
Healthcare ecosystem in an under-developed country like Pakistan is still in its early stages compared to developed countries around the world. But luckily, many organizations and startups have been turning their attention towards using latest technologies in healthcare.
With the vision to reshape technology infrastructure in healthcare sector, VRXOne is focused at transforming clinical services through Ai. The leading innovation company in the region specializes in using latest technologies for innovative development and sustainable growth. Focused at training healthcare professionals through Ai and VR applications, VRXOne is inexorably transforming healthcare ecosystem on multiple levels such as Emergency Response Training, Medical Simulation Labs and Scalable Monitoring Solutions.
With a strong focus on Impact Programs, VRXOne is revolutionizing healthcare practices in third world countries using immersive technologies such as Virtual Reality. These breakthrough technologies extend the quintessential opportunity to address and resolve critical challenges such as infant mortality and women health issues.
Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (RCAI)
Sensing the need to bring medical facilities at par with the world, NED University has developed the Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (RCAI). The center is a state-of-the-art facility working to promote Ai in Pakistan while providing training and consultancy at many levels. RCAI targets application areas such as Building Infrastructure, Robotics, Decision Support Systems for national and international planning and policies among others.
The Artificial Intelligence Advisory and Incubator, ADDO AI, is the first Artificial Intelligence based company in Pakistan. ADDO Ai is working to implement Ai across multiple industries including healthcare. In healthcare, ADDO AI seeks to innovate infrastructure and services optimizing clinical processes.
Ai based Healthcare Technology
Pakistani youth has very actively stepped into the filed of Ai-based healthcare services. Although, still at their early stages these startups hold a promising step in the direction.
GOBEE Wheelchair – Pakistan’s First smart wheelchair, aimed at facilitating differently-abled, which is operated through a smart phone app as well as voice. The wheelchair was developed by Faaiz Arbab, CEO at Ayub Yaqoob Engineering Company (AYECo).
Marham – A healthcare platform, developed by Ehsan Imam, that uses technology to help people find, book appointments, and consult with doctors online. Marham is one of the finalists for Google’s Demo Day Asia to be held in Shanghai this year.
Ai technology has a lot of untapped potential to help bring innovation to inefficient healthcare systems in developing countries. By leveraging the power of Ai, public and private medical facilities can transform healthcare delivery services for the masses. Healthcare Ai will prove to be a game changer in dramatically saving and improving lives across Pakistan.
Education in a Digital Age is different. And, everyone is convinced. The new dawn of disruptive education is brimming with opportunities that pleasantly interest students. Artificial Intelligence is one such technology gaining a lot of traction alike, from supporters and critics.
A general myth girdling the technology is that Artificial Intelligence in education will replace the teacher. The contradictory truth is – it will not.
It is rather, without question, a hot sector of our economy.
Devoted Teachers and Innovative Machines Make Smart Citizens
Artificial Intelligence can never replace the power of human interaction, personalized teaching, and empathetic understanding and mindful mentoring of a teacher. But it can do what it does the best – carry out tasks smartly.
Ai can accomplish tasks of grading assignments and exam-sheets, customizing curriculum for students, and automating admin tasks. While these may mark the fundamental improvements brought with Ai, the technology further upgrades to do remarkable jobs.
When yielded to its absolute genius, Artificial Intelligence can identify the areas of special need in a particular lesson. This is possible by recognizing a topic in a lesson where students mostly make mistakes. The teacher can then augment learning by giving special focus, thereby building a strong conceptional foundation.
Furthermore, the technology can be harnessed to give results based on student understanding and learning history. Google displays results basis the user behavior, Siri, Alexa and Cortana give personalized experience with user needs and commands, and Amazon suggests products by seeing purchase history. Such intelligent interactions by Ai-driven machines will revolutionize education space as well.
Students who have social anxiety or have cognitive predicaments or disorders to learning can feel more comfortable with an Ai tutor. With the confidence to excel and unhesitatingly explore, they can bid adieu to unnerving experiences. Learning must not be daunting, a student must be curious, free, and eager to explore. This can only happen when they truly involve themselves in education and love their environment.
Artificial Intelligence in classroom also means an avenue for students to indulge in self-guided learning. It also means that teaching will not limit itself to the periphery of the classroom.
VRXOne 2nd Generation is Bringing Ai to Classrooms
Students in the Middle East are benefitting from a revolutionary educational experience. They can visit any landscape of the world, or in the space and in deep blue waters – all with the help of a single device that transforms their classroom experience.
Using the VRXOne kits, around 1 million students in the Middle East have embarked on their exploratory journey of learning.
The second generation VRXOne kit is additionally powered with Artificial Intelligence to strongly augment their lessons. With an Ai-backed device, the students experience overwhelming, increasingly interactive, and highly engaging lessons including Google Expeditions, MEL Science and more. With a DIY vision and voice kit, the kit empowers student autonomy and they can guide themselves to learning.
Munfarid VRXOne kits take a big leap in experiential learning, turning the attention towards the Middle East EdTech Space.
UAE’s Appointment of Minister of Artificial Intelligence
The region raised the paradigm for innovation research and implementation when the UAE appointed Omar bin Sultan Al Olama as the Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence. It sent across a strong message that the Middle East is a strong proponent of technological development.
According to Al Olama,
“With the internet, we’ve seen a generation that has so much knowledge,” he said. “I don’t think the future will have tests, exams, or strict memorization. AI will help us actually make a more collaborative and personal learning process.”
Making his stance clear on whether Artificial Intelligence would be a boon or a bane, he said,
“AI is not negative or positive. As with every technology on Earth, it really depends on how we use it and how we implement it,”
“It will help us be able to identify what each person is good at, and then allow us to determine how to make sure that everyone has the information delivery method that they need in order to excel”, he concluded.
The true vision of a productive classroom can be achieved by leveraging the positive traits of machines and teachers. The conversational nature of Ai and its supportive assistance to a teacher will soon make it ubiquitous.
2018 will be an important maturation period for the digital tools in the classroom. The educational experience of the future seems promising.
As the world prepares to celebrate Teacher’s Day on the fifth of October, UAE starts its tribute to teachers today at Sheraton Hotel, Sharjah. In honor of their services to the nation, the ‘Future of Education’ event has been held today, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Federal Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
A learning enthusiast all his life, the presence of His Highness at the event was indeed inspiring for the educators. The formation of international Supervisory Educational Authority is the evidence of his vision for teaching profession in the UAE. Whereby the authority will supervise and improve all aspects of the educational process in private schools in the Emirates. “This body is working under my personal guidance to improve education, and will take care of everything going on in the classroom of the teacher evaluation and methods of teaching”, Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi said in an interview.
The Future of Education event today was an acknowledgement of the valuable contributions and dedication of the Arab teachers to the nation. Additionally, it also highlighted the role of innovative technologies in the classroom. How the classroom learning and interaction are being affected by the technology. How can teachers help to incorporate technology in the school curriculum for better academic outcomes. The participants were also enlightened about how the future classrooms will be impacted by immersive technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.
The government is most focused on transforming the landscape of the entire economic development based on modern education techniques. This is a mission that can only be accomplished through dedicated efforts of the teachers. In line with the same vision, the Teachers Association UAE has done tremendous work to improve classroom education. As a hub for teachers’ development, the association is a platform for education professionals to connect and improve teaching practices. Present at the event was also MunfaridVRXOne, one of the mentor organizations to empower local Emirati teachers through methods in deep learning. VRXOne has pioneered the transformation through innovation in immersive, experiential learning using AR, VR and Ai programs.
Artificial Intelligence is taking hands-on learning to next level both within the classroom and without. As Ai uses students’ performance data to improve classroom instruction and education, it also makes the curriculum much more versatile. The versatility means that the curriculum can be customized to a student’s learning tendencies. This way, Ai helps develop an impactful student-teacher relationship through personalized education strategies.
Automation of processes, for instance grading, frees up time for teachers to invest helping students to develop important life skills. The lessons in robotics and machine learning, such as Google Ai programs, help teachers in getting students to understand concepts better. Moreover these programs push students towards developing innovative thinking and entrepreneurial aptitude. Ai technology in classroom ensures that all the students have access to high-quality education.
This is something that educators today are fast realizing and see as a challenge that must be addressed. Sreejit Chakrabarty, the robotics manager at Gems Dubai American Academy sees huge potential for Ai as a core subject, saying, “Naturally, this Ai literacy brings in and helps students to extend their knowledge of English, Maths and Coding. For example, by seeing how their programming strategies are reflected in the learning and behavior of a machine, they can better grasp abstract concepts such as cause and effect. They can also get immediate feedback from the machine and iterate their ideas based upon this. These are powerful opportunities for learning in a cross-disciplinary way.”
The head of curriculum at the Kindergarten Starters, Gauri Meghani goes a step further in her approach to adopt Ai in classrooms. She would like Ai integrated with all other subjects simultaneously. In her view, a blended approach towards student-machine interaction is way more beneficial for children. She explained, “Our grades 3, 4 and 5 have learnt to Program LEGO Education Wedo 1.0 and 2.0. They have used all the sensors, motion and display blocks to make their robots do different tasks, like sailing a boat, for example. These activities have instilled a deeper understanding of math and science concepts and evidence-based reasoning.”
The use of technology makes schools much more efficient and innovative learning environments. Students today have the opportunity to actually explore and get involved with the educational experience. And this is only possible when teachers are empowered through technology to enhance their pedagogical performance and communication.
“By 2022, half of the human workforce will be wiped out” “Robotics and machinery will take over” “Automation will take up your jobs”
These are some of the common phrases people say and circulated, usually on LinkedIn walls and in Op-Ed articles. What is the credibility of these statements, and to what extent will automation REALLY impact human labour?
The World Economic Forum published a report on 17 September 2018, titled The Future of Jobs 2018.
As per the report, by 2022 humans will perform 58% of the task hours while machines perform 42%.
So is it a scary warning of the upcoming doomsday for job-seekers?
Yes, Ai Will Destroy Jobs
It will. But the good news is, it will create more jobs than that.
As per the Gartner’s insightful predictions for the future, Ai will be the driving force behind the creation of a whopping 2.3M jobs while only eliminating 1.8M jobs.
That makes it a positive net job motivator!
Even the latest report on the future of jobs by WEF discloses the revelation by 59% of employers who believe that by 2022, they will heavily change the way they produce and distribute by changing the composition of their value chain.
Another insight from the same report reveals that businesses will grow by leaps and bounds within the four-year period of 2018 to 2022. The report accredits this development to the following four components:
High-speed mobile internet
Widespread adoption of big data
Hence, it becomes evident that Ai will transform the business and consumer realms. This will replace some jobs but will also lead to a demand for new skills and individuals flaunting these skills.
This is because Artificial Intelligence though being a smart technology still requires inputs and efforts of a human to make it a widespread reality. The abundant need of developers, product designers, Ai-strategists will only create a positive tremor in the job market. The inexpensive technology will be incorporated in products (courtesy Internet of Things) before they are created.
One could either work on themselves to uphold the title of a ‘versatilist’. Or, they could specialise and upgrade their skills. The sooner an individual realises the scope and purview of Ai-compatible skills, the better it is.
Ai-Compatible Smart Skills
It makes complete sense for an individual to chalk their future by leaning towards a career influenced by emerging technologies.
AI and data science courses are preliminary before taking a dive in the field. They are a great method to be aware of the magnificent scope of the industry.
With concerted efforts from multi-national companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft and organizations like NIPS, Re-Work, O’Reilly, Gartner, one can keep in touch with the latest developments