#AskWhy - Fortnightly fireside chats in #VR with business & education experts

The Future of Education: AI & VR

The way we learn and the way we work is changing rapidly. Artificial intelligence is automating ever more tasks around us, putting pressure on all of us to reskill & upskill at accelerated rates while dealing with a level of unprecedented information overload. As the Founder and CEO of Mindstone, I am passionate about using technology to create more engaging, personalised, and effective learning experiences. That's why we are launching a series of fireside chats in virtual reality, inviting a range of experts to discuss the future of learning and how AI is impacting everything. 

Through these chats, I hope to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the learning sector today. By bringing together a diverse range of guests, including professionals like Pedro Vasconcellos, Sherry Coutu, Stephen Kosslyn, Andy Bird and Mary Curnock Cook, we are able to offer a unique perspective on what the future of learning may look like.

It’s called fireside chats for a reason. These are conversations between two people, instead of a direct interview. Holding them in VR is a curious mix of anonymity and a personal touch. It helps people to be themselves, without worrying about how their body language and expressions are coming across, as they would in a “real life” situation. They can relax into the conversation completely. 

By hosting these chats in virtual reality, we wanted to push the boundaries of what is possible as we rethink learning for this century and beyond. Virtual reality offers a range of possibilities for creating more immersive and interactive learning experiences, and I believe that it has the potential to revolutionise the way that people learn.

Listen to the first episode below

Personalisation, Equality, and Ethics

One of the key themes that has emerged from these fireside chats is the importance of personalised learning. With the help of AI-powered tools like Mindstone, we have the ability to create personalised learning experiences that are tailored to each person’s individual needs and abilities. This is a significant departure from traditional learning, where the experience was confined to a formal environment where students are often expected to conform to a one-size-fits-all approach.

Of course, with any new technology, there are challenges and risks involved. As we explore the possibilities of AI and virtual reality in education, we must be mindful of the potential risks and take steps to mitigate them. This includes addressing issues around data privacy and algorithmic bias, as well as ensuring that the tools we develop are accessible to all learners.

Despite these challenges, I am optimistic about the future of learning. By harnessing the power of AI and virtual reality, we have the potential to create a more equitable and impactful learning economy; one that is networked, continuous, and personalised. The insights shared in this fireside chat series will shape the way we think about learning in the years to come, and offer valuable guidance on how we can use technology to create a more equitable and impactful system.

I would like Mindstone to be at the forefront of this conversation and to help shape the future of learning. I believe that AI and virtual reality have the potential to transform the way people learn and develop key skills. By creating more personalised and accessible learning experiences, we can help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Lifelong Learning, Immersion, and Storytelling

During these fireside chats, we explore various aspects of education and how AI is transforming the way we learn. Our guest speakers come from a diverse range of backgrounds, including education, technology, and policy. They offer unique insights and perspectives on how we can leverage the power of technology to create a more equitable and effective education system.

For example, many spoke about the importance of lifelong learning in today's fast-changing world. They highlighted the need for learning to be accessible and affordable to everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances. This is a sentiment that we strongly believe in at Mindstone, and we are committed to creating tools that make learning more accessible and affordable.

Meanwhile, others discussed the challenges of creating a fully online learning experience. They emphasised the need to create engaging and interactive learning experiences that are equivalent to or even better than traditional classroom-based learning.

Some offered insights into how to create engaging and immersive learning experiences. They discussed the importance of creating content that is visually appealing and easy to understand, and how VR can be used to create immersive learning experiences that engage with people on a deeper level.

Many pointed out the importance of soft skills in today's workplace. They emphasised the need for students to develop strong communication, teamwork, and leadership skills, and how technology can be used to facilitate the development of these skills. The guests who went deep with this theme, offered insights into how to create a culture of continuous learning within organisations. They discussed the importance of creating a supportive learning environment that encourages employees to take ownership of their own learning and development.

One guest, discussed the challenges of creating a more equitable education system. They highlighted the need to address systemic inequalities in education and create learning environments that are inclusive and supportive for all learners.

A particularly spirited chat led to a discussion around the role of storytelling in a learning context. They emphasised the importance of using stories to engage and inspire people, and how technology can be used to create interactive and immersive storytelling experiences.

Fireside Chat image created by Dall-E

Mindstone & The Future

Overall, the fireside chat series has been a valuable platform for exploring the future of learning and how AI is impacting this essential sector. It has offered a diverse range of perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing us today, and how we can leverage the power of technology to create a more equitable and impactful system.

As we continue to explore the possibilities of AI and virtual reality in learning, it is important to remain mindful of the potential risks and challenges involved. By addressing these challenges head-on, we can create tools that are accessible, equitable, and effective for all learners.

At Mindstone, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in learning, and creating tools that empower students to reach their full potential. We believe that the insights shared in this fireside chat series will be instrumental in shaping the future, and we look forward to continuing the conversation with our peers in the learning economy space.