SingularityU Nordic Faculty and CanopyLAB CEO Presents Ideas on AI and the Future of Learning at Sir Richard Branson’s private Lodge in Verbier

 

Once a year, business magnate, philanthropist and founder of Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson, hosts the event Convergenced for a small group of the world’s leading executives, including CEO Sahra-Josephine Hjorth.

 

Once a year, business magnate, philanthropist and founder of Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson , hosts the event Convergenced for a small group of the world’s leading executives. The event usually takes place on his private Caribbean island, Necker Island. In 2018 it was held at The Lodge at a ski resort in Verbier, Switzerland due to the damage Necker Island incurred during hurricane Irma.

If the name Convergenced doesn’t ring a bell, there’s a good reason. There’s hardly any information to be found on the event online and you can only get access to the event information if you have an event code to the Convergenced website.

Convergenced is a week-long think tank for leaders from different industries to be inspired to use exponential technologies and solve world challenges. It’s the chance for them to get information on the latest discoveries, experience progressive art and entertainment, and vacation at the same time.

At Convergenced, CanopyLAB CEO Sahra-Josephine Hjorth , CEO at CanopyLAB and faculty at SingularityU Nordic, shared her perspectives on the increasing role of Artificial Intelligence in learning and discussed her vision of an inclusive and technology fueled future of learning. Sahra-Josephine was invited to give a 40 min talk followed by a 20 min Q&A. In her speech, she touched upon some of the largest challenges, such as access to education and how to create engaging learning experiences online.

Sahra-Josephine said the following about her speech:

 

What was most important to me, was that the participants walked away understanding two crucial points.

 

What was most important to me, was that the participants walked away understanding two crucial points:

1) That people learn in different ways and to create successful learning experiences online, it’s not enough to simply offer learners different content. We also have to enable them to learn in different ways, based on their motivations and how they learn best. As a result learning systems must be adaptive in terms of content AND learning methodology.

 

That people learn in different ways and to create successful learning experiences online, it’s not enough to simply offer learners different content.

 

It is essential that we give people the opportunity to learn in a way that suits them, not in a way that is designed to suit a large group of people. And this is where new technologies play a big role.

 

At CanopyLAB was are experimenting with how AI makes it easier for HR departments and learning designers to create courses, and how an AI can provide individual learners with more individualized support.

 

2) Artificial Intelligence hasn’t matured to a stage where we will see widespread use within learning the next couple of years, but there is an Artificial Intelligence and learning revolution on the way. At CanopyLAB was are experimenting with how AI makes it easier for HR departments and learning designers to create courses, and how an AI can provide individual learners with more individualized support.

 

If you want to read more about the event, here’s one of the few articles to be found online.

 

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