Posted by: crudbasher | June 28, 2010
How about an AI teacher?
I think I am going to have to add a category for Artificial Intelligence. I believe that in the future (maybe 10-15 years) AI will make an ideal teacher for children in a lot of circumstances. This will be a hard concept to accept for teachers who read this blog, but try to keep an open mind about this. Our world is changing rapidly. The people who can accept possibilities and think outside the box will be the ones who are successful.
This article talks about how AI is being used in various areas of society and talks about it’s current limitations. The potential is there though.
Keeping an open mind is the way to survive and thrive in the upcoming Education Storm. Constantly ask yourself, what can I do that is essential and valuable to others? Seth Godin would call it being the Linchpin.
I’ll have to write a longer post fleshing this concept out.
Smarter Than You Think – Computers Learn to Listen, and Some Talk Back – NYTimes.com
Nice Article on Artificial Intelligence
“Our young children and grandchildren will think it is completely natural to talk to machines that look at them and understand them,” said Eric Horvitz, a computer scientist at Microsoft
’s research laboratory who led the medical avatar project, one of several intended to show how people and computers may communicate before long.
For decades, computer scientists have been pursuing artificial intelligence — the use of computers to simulate human thinking. But in recent years, rapid progress has been made in machines that can listen, speak, see, reason and learn, in their way. The prospect, according to scientists and economists, is not only that artificial intelligence will transform the way humans and machines communicate and collaborate, but will also eliminate millions of jobs, create many others and change the nature of work and daily routines.
Smart machines, experts predict, will someday tutor students, assist surgeons and safely drive cars.
Computers with artificial intelligence can be thought of as the machine equivalent of idiot savants. They can be extremely good at skills that challenge the smartest humans, playing chess like a grandmaster or answering “Jeopardy!” questions like a champion. Yet those skills are in narrow domains of knowledge. What is far harder for a computer is common-sense skills like understanding the context of language and social situations when talking — taking turns in conversation, for example.
The real issue with artificial intelligence, as with any technology, is how it will be used. Automation is a remarkable tool of efficiency and convenience. Using an A.T.M. to make cash deposits and withdrawals beats standing in line to wait for a teller. If an automated voice system in a call center can answer a question, the machine is a better solution than lingering on hold for a customer service agent.
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