What is the future of computing? In what aspects does artificial intelligence benefit education? IBM’s research director, Darío Gil, gives us the keys to understanding where we are and where we are going.
Gil, a graduate in electrical engineering and a doctorate in nanostructures from MIT, attended EnlightED 2019, the international meeting on education, innovation and EdTech, where he spoke about the future of computing. Throughout this article, we tell you what his work has been and what he’s thinking is.
Last year, the IBM research director presented in Las Vegas the first universal quantum computer for scientific, business and commercial use, Q System One. In addition, IBM and the CSIC signed an agreement, that same year, to promote quantum computing in Spain, through the ‘IBM Q’ cloud platform.
But what is quantum computing? It is a technology that allows increasing the current processing capacity, through patterns and algorithms of complicated resolution in record time. That is, tasks that computers, right now, cannot solve or take a long time to solve, a quantum computer does it quickly.
This advance is key, not only for the ability to solve impossible problems but also for the progress of society. In this way, this technology can be applied in different sectors, from chemical companies, pharmaceuticals to medicine.
The symbiosis between people and ICT
Along these lines, during the Tech & Society cycle of Aspen Institute Spain and Fundación Telefónica 2017, Darío Gil declared himself a firm defender of technology as a tool to make people grow as professionals, improving our quality of life and decision-making.
In other words, a world where technologies are the protagonists is a reality, but the human factor is still just as important. Therefore, a collaboration between people and technology is essential. As Darío explains, the key is for these systems to be in charge of solving aspects that we cannot solve.
One of the latest examples has come with the 5G revolution, where various applications focused on making people’s lives easier have landed. From the Internet of Things (IoT, its acronym in English), remote surgery, autonomous cars, cloud computing and even the deactivation of explosives, among others.
Education and artificial intelligence
But what does the educational field hold for us? Well, artificial intelligence is one of the applications with the most potential in recent years, present in various sectors. Being, according to Darío Gil, the area of education where there is greater development.
In this way, this system offers the possibility of more personalized training. How? Making these systems know how each person learns best, that is, that they have “the ability to customize education” specifies the IBM research director.
Thus, artificial intelligence, along with neuroscience, is key in teaching the future. The training aimed at teachers and students to interact and rely on the use of ICT to achieve greater immersion in knowledge, a better learning process and, in addition, to promote capacities, which until now, have been in a second flat.
The 3rd edition of EnlightED lands
To respond to all these challenges, the third edition of EnlightED 2020, the international meeting on education, innovation and EdTech , will be held from October 19 to 23. On this occasion, the forum will revolve around reflection on the challenges that Covid-19 has posed to our societies in the field of education and work….