Is AI making it extremely easy for students to cheat?

“… teachers, myself included, need to do a better job of incorporating technology…and finding ways of using it in productive ways…. Just as robotics has transformed manufacturing, tools like Wolfram|Alpha are forcing us to rethink an educational system by challenging it to rise to the new technological standard. Either we reshape our schools to embrace tools like Wolfram|Alpha, or we risk becoming living artifacts in a rapidly progressing world.”

More here.

A Big History perspective of 2016.

“Look at history and data, not headlines. The world continues to improve in just about every way. Extreme poverty, child mortality, illiteracy, and global inequality are at historic lows; vaccinations, basic education, including girls, and democracy are at all-time highs.” – Steven Pinker

http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2016/12/22/14042506/steven-pinker-optimistic-future-2016

http://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2016/12/23/14062168/history-global-conditions-charts-life-span-poverty