There is no doubt. Robots are going to feature significantly in our future. They are already overtly embedded in manufacturing and retailing (e.g. see Amazon), and also feature in other sectors of society in more discrete forms.

At the supermarket checkout, you now have a choice. Either you elect to have your goods checked out by a human or you go to a robot checkout. The queues for the human checkout can be longer, but the conversation is usually better. (How often have you found yourself annoyed with the robot checkout? Unexpected item in the bagging area!)

We now have machines that can do all the boring, repetitive and also hazardous and undesirable tasks that we can't or don't want to do. This seems to be a legitimate application of machines, whether they resemble humans or not.
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Want to know about the future of libraries? Rosie Jones is probably one of the best placed people to tell you exactly how they will evolve over the next few years. Based at the British Open University, Rosie is Director of Library Services, a central component to the success of the distance education institution.

I caught up with her after her keynote speech during the EDEN summer conference in Jonkoping, Sweden and interviewed her on camera.
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My interview with Manjula Srinivas (Co-co-ordinator of KC BMM in Mubai, India), was fascinating for a number of reasons, not least because she gave me a keen insight into how education is conducted in India.

Sitting down with her after her keynote at the summer EDEN conference in Jonkoping, Sweden, we discussed a number of issues around diversity and inclusion, the use of technology in education, games based learning, peer learning and emerging learner-led pedagogies.

I was intrigued to read a blog post by Tim Holt that was written in response to my own recent post on teachers and technology. In his post, Tim (I will refer to him by his first name throughout to give him the respect he deserves) concludes, rather bleakly that he is 'putting his money on the march of technology', implying that teachers will one day have to make way for artificial intelligence.
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I have studied change management in large organisations for over 25 years. Indeed, the very first peer reviewed journal article I published, was entitled 'Managing technological change in nurse education'. It appeared in a British Computer Society journal in 1992.

Recently, I was discussing change with teams of academic staff at a large university in the Southern Hemisphere, and as a result of the conversations I developed the model of change which is illustrated here.
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Polar adventurer Antony Jinman may have been on several epic trips to both the North and South Poles but he has yet to see a penguin - and that's a fact he's determined to change when he journeys to the South Pole again later this year.

A few days ago, while walking through Auckland Airport in New Zealand, I indulged in some moblogging.
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