The Future of AI in Education Has Been Revealed in Science Fiction

What’s next for AI in education? What happens after AI Tutors? Most of the AI edtech ideas we're building today were originally conceived in science fiction. Intelligent tutoring systems, virtual learning environments, personalized digital curricula—the sci-fi visionaries imagined it all before we could code it. So if we want to glimpse the next frontier, we need to go back to the speculative well. This talk is a deep dive into analyzing science fiction through the lens of learning science and user experience research. We'll deconstruct classic and modern sci-fi narratives to extract the subconscious blueprints they mapped for AI-enhanced pedagogy. How do their simulated worlds model the neuroscience of immersive education? What learning behaviors and motivational nudges do the stories encode?