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Human Academics Recommend AIs As Teachers

Is one-on-one tutoring with a qualified human being the ideal manner of teaching?Many academics (and parents) think so.

However, in a paper, academics from University College Londonís Knowledge Lab argue that AI systems could simulate human one-to-one tutoring by delivering learning activities tailored to a studentís needs and providing targeted and timely feedback, all without an individual teacher present.

Instead of being examined in traditional ways, children could be assessed in a more complete manner by collecting data about their performance over a long period, providing employers and educational institutions with a richer picture of their abilities.

The report argues that AI could radically transform our education system for the better Ė but it is being held back by funding.

In his wonderful 1950's classic Cities in Flight, James Blish describes how artificial intelligence computers (the City Fathers) are the best teachers:

The accelerated schooling to which the City Fathers had remanded Chris did not at first seem physically strenuous at all...

The "schoolroom" was a large, gray, featureless chamber devoid of blackboard or desk; its only furniture consisted of a number of couches scattered about the floor. Nor were there any teachers; the only adults present were called monitors, and their duties appearaed to be partly those of an usher, and partly those of a nurse, but none pertinent to teaching in any sense of the term Chris had ever encountered. They conducted you to your couch and helped you to fit over your head a bright metal helmet which had inside it what seemed to be hundreds of tiny, extremely sharp points which bit into your scalp just enought to make you nervous, but without enough pressure to break the skin. Once this gadget, which was called a toposcope, was adjusted to their satisfaction, the monitors left, and the room began to fill with the gray gas.

This gas was like a fog, except that it was dry and faintly aromatic... it made it impossible to see the rest of the room until the session was over, when it was sucked out with a subdued roar of blowers...

...the torrent of facts that came from the memory cells of the City Fathers into the prickly helmet was overwhelming and merciless.
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