Next Phase - Can Machines Be The Face Of Education?

By Anjli Jain on 28 Mar 2018

I am sure you have heard about the discussion that’s going on where machines will replace or alter approximately 35 million jobs worldwide. We don’t know how true is that but a report states that robot automation will take over 800 million jobs by 2030. This isn’t limited to education space alone but includes every industry.

Intelligent machines are the future and it is coming soon to take over the world. Well, let’s see how true is this in the higher education space.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, Anthony Sheldon, a leading educationalist said that intelligent machines will soon adopt the pace and style of students, rendering the traditional teaching methods and reducing teachers to assistants over the next 10 years. Inspirational robots which run on AI will be able to identify facial expressions, assessing the brain of the students while adapting teaching methods as per individual requirements and their pace of learning.

Another statement by a former Master of Wellington College confirmed that there are programmes being built to read the brain and facial expressions of the students to adapt to the best method of communication for them.

But it’s not all bad if you think about it. Inspirational robots and intelligent machines open new doors for personalized learning as it will work with the students at every step, throughout their educational journey.

Human-Level Intelligence

As artificial intelligence (AI) is still advancing in its method of teaching, it will take a while for it to claim human-level intelligence. Some of the theories proving that it has made significant progress are Logical-Mathematical Intelligence using logical reasoning and problem-solving methodologies; Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Intelligence creating self-awareness and emotion in AI; Spatial Intelligence using computer vision and imagery reason; including few other methodologies and algorithms building human-like introspection and intuition to solve multiple problems.

The Bottom Line Is

As far as this question exists, I do believe that machines are taking over education and will soon be the face of education. Teachers will have to adapt to the role of overseers, most of the time monitoring student progress and providing emotional and pastoral support. Emotional intelligence will also be part of the machines to learn and understand the mood of the students so as to provide a just level of challenge to the students which they can cope with. Let's wait and see where this goes.

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