International Forum on AI and Futures of Education 2020 organized by UNESCO and China

The online edition of the International Forum on AI and the Futures of Education (AIED) 2020 will be held from 7 to 8 December 2020 and devoted to the theme of Developing Competencies for the AI Era. It will convene education and technology experts from around the world to discuss AI skills for the futures of education and AI as a common good for education. Participants will share policies and practices in defining the competencies required in the AI era, and examine strategies to prepare all people to live and work with AI effectively.

The concept of futures in the plural is used to recognize that there is a rich diversity of ways of knowing and being around the world. The plural form also acknowledges that there are multiple dimensions to the future and that there will likely be various desirable and undesirable futures – all of which will vary greatly depending on who you are and where you stand. Rather than attempting to chart a single future, looking at futures in the plural validates multiple possible and desirable futures of humanity on our shared planet.

The Futures of Education initiative aims to generate discussion and action on the role of education, knowledge and learning in view of the predicted, possible and preferred futures. Such re-visioning of knowledge, education and learning is more relevant than ever. Accelerated technology transformations over recent years, in particular in the field of Artificial Intelligence, and their rapid deployment in work, life and learning have profound implications for the futures of education. The Forum will provide an opportunity to discuss these implications and the transformative potential of AI on education.

The Forum is co-organized by:

  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China
  • National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO
  • The following institutes provide support in hosting the Forum:
  • UNESCO International Bureau of Education
  • UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education
  • Beijing Normal University

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