Liked on YouTube: How Squirrel AI Learning Is Shaking Up Education in China

How Squirrel AI Learning Is Shaking Up Education in China
Jul.11 — Joleen Liang, partner and senior vice president at Squirrel AI Learning by Yixue Group, discusses how her platform works, their content, the goals of the program, their student base and her outlook for the industry. She speaks on “Bloomberg Markets: Asia” from the sidelines of the RISE technology conference in Hong Kong.
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Liked on YouTube: How China Is Using Artificial Intelligence in Classrooms | WSJ

How China Is Using Artificial Intelligence in Classrooms | WSJ
A growing number of classrooms in China are equipped with artificial-intelligence cameras and brain-wave trackers. While many parents and teachers see them as tools to improve grades, they’ve become some children’s worst nightmare.

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End Week Summary_2 – Embrace the AI?

End of week 2_

The question on Cyber- Community and Algorithmic cultures continued to be an essential aspect. Algorithmic cultures is a striking emerging subject, while we still have not overcome the seperating cybercultures and tool providing community cultures. How do we deal with algorithm based decision making? Already we accept it in our google search or in many other apps but if the algorithm starts to decide about your future it is another aspect.

For digital education there are many fields for development and change but the most present is the discussion about using AI in the classroom.


In China the next stage of technical development and use has already begun with the use of AI for learning and teaching. While at least in Germany the discussion on the use of AI and the borders and boundaries of data collection is very controversially fought, other countries already in the phase of piloting.

Michael from the #mscedc course found a nice article which puts this discussion in a table. I would like to highlight, that there is always the fundamental question of  good and bad (for learning)  – like in the movies we watched. SO is technology, the technology we use and how we use it good or bad for learning?

The movie “The Intelligence Explosion” demonstrated the distrust in the algorithm based AI / Cyborg by those who are more into ethics. But even its developers seeking for a possibility to make “Gunther” more human. May it be to make the AI better or to increase acceptance from society.

For digital learning in the new century AI based learning software and the way how teacher, learner, developers handle it is crucial for an efficient use of technology.


Knox, J 2015, Critical education and digital cultures. in M Peters (ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational
Philosophy and Theory. Springer, pp. 1-6. https:/

Karen Hao (2019.08).

The Guardian (2017): The Intelligence Explosion.


End Week Summary 1 – Robots, Cyborgs, Extropianism and Technological Embodiment at the Film Festival

First weeks Education and Digital Cultures is over and core readings were flanked by Film Festival watch2gether sessions, to exchange on the multilayered influences the digital, the technology, the exponential speed of its development has on society and how it is perceived by society. Only slowly growing is the connection of utopian or dystopian perspectives in written and audio- visual form to digital education.

To an overview and connect open end I started – but not yet finished – a Mindmap which may help. I invite all reader to participate or comment on it. Core is to start to make interlinkages between the theoretical foundation to the movies and examples in the area of digital education.

#MSCEDC Block 1 

A core discussion and very relevant in the past week was on the AI (may it be in a more robotic or human form) and human interaction and the discussion on what makes us human and what could possibly make AI more human.

Where do we stop being humans?

–> Adding elements (becoming a Cyborg)  to enhance our capacities may also have an effect on our educational performance.  



Extend the durability of our humanity (Extropianism)


Can AI really have a proper understanding. According to “The intelligence explosion” AI based on algorithm has 0.0 understanding but what about the level of understanding of the humans?

0.0 understanding

–> If we have 0.0 trust in the capability of the algorithm to understand properly, why do we trust it in our day to day life.

  Can we ever trust the algorithm based learning software? Can we trust the non human teacher to judge over our performance?

Would it make a difference to make the AI more human? Would it improve teachers / learners performance? Would it change our perception of the AI/ Cyborg/ etc.? Don’t we already start interacting with technology since it has become prevalent in our society? Don’t we already have an almost intimate relation with our technology as described by Miller (2011).

I think we do and why give them authority to do so!