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Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom

  • April 11, 2016|
  • 1 year ago

by Anya Kamenetz

NPR

Article excerpt

What Artificial Intelligence Could Mean For Education

And here’s what’s really crazy. Google’s programmers didn’t explicitly teach AlphaGo to play the game. Instead, they built a sort of model brain called a neural network that learned how to play Go by itself.

Our take

Computers That Can Teach Themselves: What’s Next?

Google’s program, Alpha Go, recently demonstrated that a computer can learn by itself. In this case, the computer “taught itself” how to play Go, a very complex strategy game, and beat the world champion human player of the game. Scary stuff or significant opportunity? A Pearson report recently suggested that there is a place for AI in education. What do you think?

There’s a good chance what you think isn’t likely to matter—Pandora’s box has already been opened. How you respond to this potential, though, is still firmly within your grasp. Pearson’s report sheds some insight into the potential positives of applying AI in education, including recommendations that take into consideration pedagogy, system change, technology and, most importantly—learners, parents and teachers. It’s worth a read.

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