Hype Sanity Check: Can robots replace teachers?

Our generationโ€™s most hyped words have got to be ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—”๐—œ.

The truth is we are nowhere close to Gene Roddenberryโ€™s utopia or even close to the sophistication of Commander Lieutenant Dataโ€™s operating system.

So why are we still saying things like AI will replace teachers?

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Sundar Pichai terms AI as a technology more significant than the discovery of fire and electricity. Neither of which replaced humans, but helped speed up our societiesโ€™ development by making our lives easier and safer, ultimately creating innovations. However, experts still claim that AIโ€™s โ€œReal brains โ€” and genuine intelligence โ€” are still so far in the futureโ€.

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However, AI in its current form can still benefit teachers, not by replacing but by allowing them to:

  • Replace the countless hours spent on assessments, grading, homework, etc..
  • Use data analytics to explore new instructional and pedagogical models for 21st-century learning.
  • Processing AIโ€™s power of calculated predictions to screen students at scale for reading literacy, dyslexia, and other learning needs they might need.

Technology is a tool, not a solution. We need to stop thinking of replacing humans. Instead, we need to focus our efforts on upskilling or reskilling people to improve AI & solve our worldโ€™s problems.

Written by

Co-Founder @Mirai, Co-founder @KidsWorldNurseries, @WillowTreeKids, @MESAgetsREAL

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