• Question: will it be possible to replace teachers with AI

    Asked by castiger2468 to David, Thiloka, Shonna, Shobhana, Ryan, Ross, Rebecca, Rachel, Patrick, Nina, MattyB, Matthew, Marianne, Lorena, Kate, Kaitlin, James, Ettie, Emmanuelle, Deepak, Anabel, Ambre, Alex, AlexAgrotis, Aina on 12 Jun 2019.
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      David Wilson answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      Maybe but I don’t think they’d be very good. Everyone learns in different ways. Some like to read books, others might be more visual and prefer pictures or videos. A good teacher will take this into consideration when explaining difficult concepts to students.

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      Alex Blenkinsop answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      It might be possible, but I agree with David that it’s hard to replace a human, even if an AI has all the equivalent knowledge. Teachers are also there to inspire you and give you extra support when you need it!

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      Marianne King answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      I don’t think so! AI might be good at providing you with a lot of information but it wouldn’t be able to respond to people who maybe like to learn in different ways, or be able to control a potentially noisy classroom. 🙂 It’d be also a lot more difficult in subjects like art, drama or PE where you need practical demonstration and feedback.

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      Rebecca Moon answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      No I don’t. If we only learnt from computers I think it would be really boring. I think as humans we all need human-human interaction much more than we think.

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      Kaitlin Wade answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      It might happen in the future or at least be tested but I agree with what the others have said… people learn in completely different ways so unless the AI was able to adapt to that sort of diversity, I’m not sure it would work very efficiently.

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      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 14 Jun 2019:


      oooh controversial question – I love it! It’s possible that this could happen, but if AI could learn how to do everything there would be no point in teaching it to a human. Example: if AI could ultimately program a robot to do the most complex of surgeries, there would be no need for a surgeon, and no need to train one. If we no longer needed to learn anything, we would have no need for our own intelligence, and eventually our intelligence would become a redundant/vestigial ‘accessory’ to our biological form, since the AI-led robots would drive our natural selection towards a being that lacks intelligence so that we don’t interfere with their efforts. So… we would progressively become more stupid, as the computers became smarter..? I hope that they find some need/use for us because otherwise we’re doomed.
      On that happy note, I challenge you to learn something new after this session that does not involve a computer or any mobile electronic device.

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      Matthew Bareford answered on 14 Jun 2019:


      In principle, it would definitely be possible to replace them with AI from an information point of view. Unfortunately, this would also mean that not everyone would do as well in school.

      Teachers are hugely adaptable and will change certain things for certain people. they also provide a sense of learning that is ‘different’ to that of from a computer. With this in mind, I don’t think they would be ‘as good’ as a normal human teacher and so despite the technology being possible for the information side of things, its the ‘human factor’ that plays a big role in teaching that we just wouldn’t do as well without.

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      Kate Timms answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      I don’t think so. Not unless we get really good at making AIs with emotional intelligence as well as book smarts. Teachers need to do more than just lecture about a subject, there’s lots of pastoral care involved as well. Though having an AI teacher would probably mean that people won’t get away with messing around in class!

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