Artificial Intelligence for Learning: Is it Human Enough?

Jun 28 - 29, 2017 · New York, United States of America

"Socially Aware" Artificial Intelligence tackles the world's most pressing challenges. From improving cancer diagnosis and autonomous ambulances, to advanced energy storage, AI gives humans new ways to improve lives. In education, however, we associate AI with human replacement - a technology that simply mimics humans as virtual learning assistants. 

We are now at an inflection point to catalyze AI's Moonshot for Learning. Models that amplify, rather than replace, human brilliance will deliver exponential gains in democratizing lifelong education and meaningful work opportunities. How can humans and machines collaborate to achieve greater learning gains together, rather than separately?

Join NYEdTEch in a conversation with leaders across AI, Learning and Talent, and Entrepreneurship to discuss this disruptive technology, its practical applications for today, and shaping the future of learning for tomorrow. 


Amir Banifatemi, Lead at IBM Watson AI XPRIZE 

Amir Banifatemi joins XPRIZE with 25+ years experience in development and growth of emerging and transformative technologies. The AI XPRIZE aims to accelerate adoption of AI technologies and spark creative, innovative, and audacious demonstrations of the technology that are scalable and solve grand challenges. Prior to XPRIZE, Mr. Banifatemi, began his career at the European Space Agency and then held executive positions at Airbus, AP-HP, and the Europe Commission for information society. He managed 2 venture capital funds and contributed to the formation of more than 10 startups with emphasis on predictive technologies and IoT. Mr. Banifatemi is an adjunct MBA professor at UC Berkeley, Chapman, Claremont McKenna, UC Irvine, and HEC Paris. 

Kathy Benemann, CEO at EruditeAI

Kathy is CEO and Co-Founder of EruditeAI, where they build AI systems that cultivate expert networks for learners across the lifespan. With 15+ years experience in learning and talent technologies, Kathy has lead brands at LeapFrog, Intel, and Amplify. She founded a consulting firm that supported clients including Pearson, McGraw Hill, and General Assembly. Prior to joining EruditeAI, Kathy was Co-Leader at NYEdTech and EdTech General Manager at GSV Labs. She began her career as a learning sciences researcher at UC Berkeley and classroom educator. 

Marissa Lowman, Education Practice Lead at Village Capital.

Marissa leads the Education Practice at Village Capital where she supports ventures that bridge the gap in skills-based training, provide access to continual learning, and a higher quality education. Prior to Village Capital, she was a Senior Fellow at Learn Capital and Co-Founder of LearnLaunch, an edtech accelerator, community, and co-working space in Boston. While there, she served as the Executive Director of LearnLaunch Institute, LearnLaunch’s non-profit arm, where she grew the edtech community across New England, developed and scaled the Across Boundaries conference, and helped select incoming cohorts for the LearnLaunch Accelerator. She began her career as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Germany and has worked at leading educational non-profits. 

And our wonderful Moderator - Hannah Nyren, General Manager at EdTech Times

A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.

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    Technology, as always, offers opportunities and challenges. The education sphere has its own special needs. Let's get together to talk, share stories, and learn from each other. What makes students tick? What works when working with(in) institutions? How can technology help? Where are the opportunities to help the students? How can we help improve education?

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