How Artificial Intelligence can Help Revolutionise the World's Education System - ELE Times

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Artificial Intelligence is tipped to bring a tectonic shift in the world. People have debated over its usefulness in great lengths and detail. Today, the biggest fear is that AI will be a threat to jobs. And the alternative to that is to create a robust system of education. But, would it possible to use AI and train a breed of students that would be resistant to the ills of the technology?



That's 'Professor Bot,' to you! How AI is changing education

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There didn't seem to be anything strange about the new teaching assistant, Jill Watson, who messaged students about assignments and due dates in professor Ashok Goel's artificial intelligence class at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her responses were brief but informative, and it wasn't until the semester ended that the students learned Jill wasn't actually a "she" at all, let alone a human being. Jill was a chatbot, built by Goel to help lighten the load on his eight other human TAs. "We thought that if an AI TA would automatically answer routine questions that typically have crisp answers, then the (human) teaching staff could engage the students on the more open-ended questions," Goel told Digital Trends. "It is only later that we became motivated by the goal of building human-like AI TAs so that the students cannot easily tell the difference between human and AI TAs.


That's 'Professor Bot' to you! How AI is changing education

#artificialintelligence

There didn't seem to be anything strange about the new teaching assistant, Jill Watson, who messaged students about assignments and due dates in professor Ashok Goel's artificial intelligence class at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her responses were brief but informative, and it wasn't until the semester ended that the students learned Jill wasn't actually a "she" at all, let alone a human being. Jill was a chatbot, built by Goel to help lighten the load on his eight other human TAs. "We thought that if an AI TA would automatically answer routine questions that typically have crisp answers, then the (human) teaching staff could engage the students on the more open-ended questions," Goel told Digital Trends. "It is only later that we became motivated by the goal of building human-like AI TAs so that the students cannot easily tell the difference between human and AI TAs.


AI that can teach? It's already happening

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Artificial intelligence could be heading to Australian classrooms -- and in schools overseas, it's already there. In Bahia, Brazil, 15-year-old students David and Roama from Colegio Perfil often start their school day at home, or on the bus. They pick up their phones, log into the education app Geekie Lab, and begin their classes from wherever they are. "You can access it everywhere, as long as you have your phone with you," David said. Students from Colegio Perfil in Bahia use phones or computers to access the Geekie app.