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Apr 12, 2021

John talks to Toby Harris, Product Marketing Manager at Filtered. Filtered is an innovative company that uses AI to help large organizations deliver relevant learning content to the right people at the right time, using personal recommendations to help build the skills they need.
FIltered is rated a 'specialist' in Fosway's 9-grid for learning systems, so where does it sit within the learntech ecosystem? Filtered is all about categorizing information and knowledge for organizations – but is 'learning' really the right category for what FIltered does?
02:43 - How did he get into Learntech?
07:57 - What does Filtered do?
14:07 - How do you ensure relevence and quality with AI curation?
22:22 - Where does Filtered fit within the learntech ecosystem?
26:16 - Is Filtered actually a learning company?
32:50 - Are skills frameworks going to succeed where competencies perhaps didn’t?
38:49 - When is a skill not a skill?
41:37 - What excites him about the tech future and what are his fears?
Ontology: how entities are grouped into basic categories and which of these entities exist on the most fundamental level.
Persiflage: light, bantering talk or writing – a frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject.
Toby has kindly contributed these note to the discussion:
Benedict Evans: "All curation grows until it requires search. All search grows until it requires curation" as he writes about here: - this process, applied in corporate training and HR/change, is the grist for our centaur mill here at Filtered.
Centaur approach to AI - our own Greg Detre, who has worked with Filtered in various capacities for a while now, explains its benefits here: ... and here:
Skills frameworks / ontologies: my colleague Vin describes our process here: - you can't get away from a movement towards master frameworks, that's just the problem with ontologies, but the point here is there's a process to get to a unique framework, linked to a capability, for a given group of people.
Jesper Balslev as the source, in a conversation, for the importance of 'negative technologies' to regulate the explosive and dangerous reality of new tech. He's probably already frustrated by the amount of times I've cited a comment from an off-hand chat with him in public but it's his fault for influencing my thinking so much. He fairly recently finished his own PhD thesis on some of the problems of measuring or even realising the supposed benefits of the digital revolution and 21st century skills in education:
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