Once the realm of science fiction movies and books, artificial intelligence (AI) has now made its way into the learning community, changing the way learners acquire new knowledge.
Simulating human intelligence, AI machines analyse information like how a human brain would. However, these machines “lack perspective, moral codex, and ingenuity of humans”, writes Rose Scott in her article “Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Education: Scary, Harmful, Or Awesome?”.
In the article, Scott points to several AI machines that are changing the way people learn. One such machine is Jill Watson, a virtual teacher assistant at Georgia Tech. Conceived by Professor Ashok Goel and Georgia Tech graduate students, Jill Watson addresses students’ queries through the online Q&A platform, replying to “queries about proper file formats, data usage, and the schedule of office hours — the types of questions that have firm, objective solutions”. With Jill Watson, this frees up the time for other human teacher assistants to answer more questions. Furthermore, there are AI machines such as Gradescope that can help educators mark student papers faster and more efficiently, saving them time for other work.
However, AI machines are not without their flaws, as they lack the human connection and personal touch needed for learning. “That’s why combining humans and artificial intelligence in the workplace works so well and gives such great results,” she adds.
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