Welcome to the inaugural episode of the ICED International Consortium for Educational Development podcast! Join us as we embark on a captivating journey into the intersection of artificial intelligence and human values with our distinguished guest, Professor Kasturi Behari-Leak. Professor Behari-Leak holds the esteemed position of Dean at Cape Town University and is a former President of ICED.
In this episode, we'll explore the profound impact of AI on higher education and the ethical principles guiding this transformative evolution. Kasturi's message is a call for careful consideration – urging us not to rush headlong into technological advancements but to approach them with a keen awareness of human values.
It's imperative that we engage in an ongoing dialogue with AI, avoiding the naivety of perceiving it as a benevolent guardian of our world. We must acknowledge that many systems are driven by financial and economic interests, and we cannot afford to disregard this fact. Hence, we should maintain a critical perspective, consistently questioning: "Is this a great idea? Who benefits from it, and who stands to lose?" Keeping these questions at the forefront of our discussions ensures that we navigate this journey with consciousness and a strong moral compass.
So, let's dive right in!