When Ayanna met Cozmo the robot, both she and the robot lit up. "it was like she met a new best friend," her Boys and Girls Club teacher James Carter said. And when Cozmo said her name, "she was so excited she didn't know what to do with herself." Even better, it was Ayanna who had programmed Cozmo to say it. Ayanna is one of roughly 50 kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania who are using a new artificial intelligence kit created by ReadyAI.
Artificial intelligence is making its way into a variety of education technologies. Here, vendors talk about their current and future work with AI in the higher education space. In 2015, when Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ashok Goel experimented with using an artificial intelligence-based teaching assistant called "Jill Watson" to answer students' questions in online forums, it opened a lot of eyes to the potential of AI on campus. But there remained a lot of well-founded skepticism about how algorithms would be deployed. For instance, in 2016 AdmitHub CEO Andrew Magliozzi contacted universities to ask if they would like to incorporate an AI chatbot into their recruitment and retention strategy.
The accumulation of data in the college setting, plus better hardware and software for putting it to work, means the education community can now make better decisions, retain and educate students with greater success and position themselves for growth in a world of changing demographics, economics and environmental concerns. Here's a look at digital transformation in higher education, and how it is improving it. Kicking off Information Age's Digital Transformation month, we look at everything you need to know about what is digital transformation in business; the challenges, the technologies and above all, how to succeed There are two very big (and very old) problems with the communal learning environment -- the classroom -- that technology is slowly helping us solve. Artificial intelligence is already helping to bring both of these shortcomings of traditional education back into balance. Because colleges and universities increasingly use digital platforms to present course materials and facilitate exams, AI services could easily interface with these dashboards to provide professors and other faculty with detailed and highly useful information.
How is artificial intelligence changing the world? If you want to understand more about the power and potential of AI and machine learning, a great place to start is with TED Talks. Presented by thought leaders in the field of artificial intelligence, TED Talks give anyone the opportunity to gain insider knowledge from an expert's perspective. We at Gengo have put together a collection of the best AI TED Talks. Check them out for yourself!
Today's classroom isn't just a place for education – it's also a laboratory, and teachers are expected to collect huge amounts of data, with the goal of improving learning outcomes. Despite the best intentions, however, this emphasis on educational data is especially onerous for already overworked teachers, meaning they need better tools to assist with collecting that data. That's where new recording strategies can help. Colleges were among the first to place a heavy emphasis on analytics because of their greater resources and research-driven agendas; and as such, they were the first to realize the value of educational data. For example, facing low graduation rates, colleges examined student records and discovered that students were struggling with English classes, even as they were thriving in other subject areas.
Human beings have 17 different facial expressions that tell those around us we are feeling happy. Experts have discovered that the human face is capable of contorting itself into more happy faces than any other emotion. Only three facial guises successfully convey fear, four show surprise, and five display sadness and anger. Experts have discovered that the human face is capable of contorting itself into more happy faces than any other emotion. Researchers at the Ohio State University compiled a list of 821 words that expressed emotions and had these translated into a number of languages including Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Farsi and Russian.
News Flash! 2019 is here, whether you are ready or not. Almost no one in the education sector is ready for the Future, capital "F", that I learned about when taking an online course on artificial intelligence offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Which means we need to get cracking. You might be thinking that artificial intelligence (AI) is not something people in education need to focus on too much. After all, AI is really about replacing routine jobs in factories and large businesses, right?
For many people, speaking off the cuff to a large audience does not come easily. But without professional feedback, rehearsing speeches and presentations can be a tough process. A psychologist, a management scientist and an IT specialist have developed an online training tool that uses artificial intelligence to evaluate users' speaking skills and personal characteristics. The team has now established the start-up Retorio at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) to launch the software on the market. It's a scenario many people can relate to – standing all alone in front of an audience, clutching a microphone with clammy hands and finding one's mouth has gone dry.
According to a Northeastern University/Gallup poll, most Americans are optimistic about artificial intelligence's (AI) impact on their futures while, at the same time, expecting the net effect of AI to be an overall reduction in jobs. If we manage AI effectively, I believe it can be a net benefit to both society and the economy. The question is: How will higher education manage AI? Unfortunately, higher education does not have a reputation for managing change effectively. Our experience is much more one of coming late to the party--and not of our own accord. We cannot and should not do this with AI.
Despite what you hear about artificial intelligence, machines still can't think like a human, but in the last few years they have become capable of learning. And suddenly, our devices have opened their eyes and ears and cars have taken the wheel. Today, artificial intelligence is not as good as you hope and not as bad as you fear, but humanity is accelerating into a future that few can predict. That's why so many people are desperate to meet Kai-Fu Lee, the oracle of AI. Kai-Fu Lee is in there, somewhere, in a selfie scrum at a Beijing Internet Conference.