A year after ChatGPT was released, educators are still struggling to adapt to this new breed of AI tools.
Much of the conversation has revolved around the double-edged nature of AI chatbots for educators. Meanwhile, teachers worry that students will suddenly be cheating on their homework because chatbots can write essays in ways that are difficult to detect. However, educators see the potential of this tool as follows: Save time on administrative tasks It’s like writing a lesson plan.
but, recent research papers, three educationists say these arguments are too “parochial” and short-sighted. They believe that if the engineers building these new AI chatbots are right in thinking that the tools will improve quickly, the technology could bring about major changes in knowledge work, including academic research and the white-collar workforce. It is argued that there is a high degree of sexual activity and therefore raises serious questions such as: purpose of education.
“It just raises the question of what schools are for,” said study author Dylan William, emeritus professor of educational evaluation at the Institute of Education, University of London.
This paper envisions four possible scenarios for how generative AI, the technology behind ChatGPT, could change society and what those changes might mean for schools and universities. doing.
The goal behind this thinking exercise is for academics to stay ahead of rapidly changing technology and avoid the “worst-case scenarios” that may result. With that in mind, they conclude with a list of recommendations for how education and technology leaders can respond to maximize the benefits of technology.
At times, this paper is deliberately provocative. For example, we envision a scenario where AI becomes so good at creating learning tutorial videos and entertainment on the fly that people no longer learn how to read.
“Literacy is relatively new, but it’s actually very difficult,” says Alan Hamilton, director of consulting firm Cognition Learning Group. “We actually have to take the part of the brain that’s actually used for facial recognition, and we’re borrowing it and using it for reading and writing.”
After all, some studies show that the recent rise of GPS technology and smartphone mapping apps has made it impossible for people to read maps without the tools, scholars say. As the paper envisions, within a few decades reading will become “something as archaic as Latin or the classics, something learned for bragging rights or to confer social status, but not at all essential.” Or is it also useful in daily life?
This week on the EdSurge Podcast, we caught up with William and Hamilton to discuss what this AI-enabled world will look like and how educators can start preparing.they claim that recent executive orders The Biden administration’s talk about developing AI safely is a good start, but responding to this technology will require more big-picture thinking.