Source: The Guardian
It’s likely that some of the administrative tasks that teachers do will be conducted by technology in the future, just as in other sectors, but what about the actual teaching? The act of teaching isn’t just imparting what’s in your head to a captive audience. Teaching is a performance, it’s reading the room and working it. This is where technology really falls short. Empathy is a key area of difficulty for technology and automation. Are the kids at the back of the classroom bored because you’re talking about something they find too difficult, because they know it already, or because you’re not presenting the information in a meaningful way? Human beings are able to pick up on a multitude of contextual clues to determine and respond to the emotional states of others. Technology can’t detect emotional states, let alone adapt its behaviour to cater accordingly.
Source: The Guardian
AI has obvious limitations by its inability to perform some simple tasks even kids can do. It falls down on the job when asked to do things like distinguish a small pointy-eared dog from a cat, realize that a three-dimensional drawing is supposed to represent a three-dimensional object, or recognize human faces. According to Urban, distinguished computer scientist Donald Knuth summed it up well: “‘AI has by now succeeded in doing essentially everything that requires ‘thinking’ but has failed to do most of what people and animals do ‘without thinking.’”
Teachers should not be “scored” on professional development activities. Nor should professional development be dictated by evaluation scores rather than teacher needs.
Despite not directly teaching technology skills to start the school year, it’s important to remember that just because students can use the technology doesn’t always mean that they’re ready to use it effectively in their learning.
Faculty members are still worried that online education can’t deliver outcomes equivalent to face-to-face instruction. They are split on whether investments in ed-tech have improved student outcomes. And they overwhelmingly believe textbooks and academic journals are becoming too expensive.
Because of AI’s “learning” abilities, some people have raised concerns about the potential threats that AI could pose in the future, from both a national defense perspective and an even larger, almost science-fiction-like societal threat. These types of threats are still futuristic, but it is interesting that several tech companies have formed a consortium to start looking at the larger potential ethical and other potential non-technical impacts of AI.
Source: USA Today
“In the future, 80% of customer interactions will be built without human interaction.” Gavet said. She said that the company is focused on how to use this technology to provide a human level of customized service for everything from questions about hotels and tickets to—eventually—delivering your room service.
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