“The Race Against the Machine. Will AI Take Over Education?”

  • Knowledge is a tree, and all subjects are interconnected
  • Teach with a focus on how the brain functions, and the result is an education that works instinctively

Source: A story from FuturePi, 10/09,2017, https://medium.com/futurepi/a-vision-for-education-and-its-immersive-a-i-driven-future-b5a9d34ce26d.

The answer may be a qualified “yes.” In fact, “human plus machine isn’t the future, it’s the present,” Garry Kasparov said in a recent TED talk.

Doomsday predictions: If you do a Google search on “Elon Musk,” and you will quickly notice that he’s been blowing the hone on artificial intelligence (AI). He’s predicting a doomsday in the future where artificial intelligence threatens human existence. Renowned astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking also warns that artificial intelligence could end mankind (source: BBC News). Well, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking may just be on the losing side this time around.

Welcoming the rise of the robots: Tech legions and icons like Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates disagrees the doomsday predictions of AI. In fact, Mark Zuckerberg and others are optimistic about a future where AI makes human life better. Yeah! what about the use of artificial intelligence to provide “predictive analytics,” providing real-time solutions to problems before issues or problem may arise.

My 2 Cents: I, Mr. Nobody, am equally optimistic about the future of technology, including artificial intelligence in classrooms. I am of the school of thought, speculating that technology has already transformed higher education. I think technological progress is a continuum and artificial intelligence is the future of higher education.

Arnett in a report titled Teaching in the Machine Age, noted her believe that automation will help simplify basic teaching tasks.  In the same light, Lucas Rizzotto argues that contemporary learning is still very much archaic and the educational system is static.

Actual picture is from a Case Western Reserve University application (source website, 10/09/2017: https://medium.com/futurepi/a-vision-for-education-and-its-immersive-a-i-driven-future-b5a9d34ce26d)

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): The impacts of MOOCs in higher education (including free knowledge hubs) is increasing use of the internet on self-education to the masses in new and exciting ways, for example, websites like Khan AcademyTED, Wikipedia, Youtube, “Dr. Google Search,” etc.

Lecturers (teachers) + Robots + Students: Robots to deliver information and ensure information is also accurate; combining all content and data together via artificial intelligence; use conversational user-interfaces to adapt and to automatically resolving difficult problems for students in and out of class, predicting actions, and constantly updating content in real time. The role of teachers in a robotic classroom of the future may be to provide social-emotional skills and to ensure collaborative learning exist in many forms.

Educational Analytics: Today, intelligent systems, including software and machine are playing a major role in delivering customized relevant knowledge to learners, where and when needed (source: Sébastien Turbot, Forbes). According to the aforementioned referenced Forbes article, intelligent tutoring systems and platforms leverage Big Data and learning analytics to provide tutors with real-time feedback about their students’ performances, including systems such as Carnegie Learning or Third Space Learning are helping teachers break free from the “one size fits all” approach.”

Dr. Google defines Artificial Intelligence as “the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.”