Thanks for posting about the pandemic Miguel.I’m sure it’s on the mind of everyone. I’m currently in France where all schools and non essential businesses have been ordered to close. Workers can opt out of work and apply for unemployment benefits and we are expecting Emmanuel Macron to announce a complete lockdown of the country as of tonight. We are scared for the elders we love and all of those who have weaker immune systems and chronic conditions. We are scared for everybody actually as the pandemy is unfolding right now and we are getting to learn more about this virus. We see that younger people go through respiratory complications as well and that people are dying next door (Italy) just because there are not enough respirators and beds in reanimation services. Doctors are now prioritizing who get a chance to survive. You are right, this is a crucial moment for online education. Here in France, students can access for free the national online education platform that is usually only used by home schooled students.If anything, this moment highlights that a shift is happening right now in the education world. Any educational structure must have as a robust foundation an online platform with classes and content accessible at any time. It’s not an option anymore. Our role is to build these structures but also to guide students into the the world of technologies that could help them learn. Right now, I’m helping tutoring my nephews who don’t go to school, and guiding them through online resources, and I wish we could access an adaptive learning technology like SquirrelAI to make the most of their time home.
Here are 10 ways AI is being used to fight the pandemic. I’m impressed by the robot cleaners (to protect cleaning staffs) and the use of supercomputers to identify promising drugs to treat the virus.