Artificial Intelligence: Impact on Education


To start with, let’s just say that progress cannot be avoided; it cannot be tamed and contained. One way or the other it affects our lives. Whether the aftereffects of the progress are positive or negative is entirely up to us.  Some people waste their time on videogames and other fun activities, while others choose to take advantage of the given opportunity and do all possible to learn more. As should you, and also you simply must read other topics on our blog, which you will find very informative and helpful.

People are good at many things like chess and solving complex political issues. Many of us have the great zeal for knowledge and adventure, but still we leave a great lot of work for the computer to do it for us. We rely on the technology to do the most complicated calculations and search engines must give us instant answers. But computers do not have souls. Those theoretically twenty-one grams of something mean so much, and are so difficult to replicate, because no one exactly knows where they come from. Scientists are working on the project, so that a computer could respond with human emotions. But what would there be left for the humans to do?

Artificial intelligence is one of the future prospects, the logical culmination to the current technology development. This kind of intelligence could make many things possible, beginning from the world peace and ending with the colonization of other galaxies. The use of electronic machine in various fields is almost limitless. The sphere of education is no different. These future computers would substitute teachers and can be programmed to teach all subjects. The real question is where there is more advantage in it than a disadvantage. Many developed countries use computers in their education, spending loads of money on the computer labs in colleges.

No Human Interaction Brings About the Loss of Social Skills

Nowadays the computers are more and more applied to the system of education. They are used to look for plagiarism or simple mistakes. They grade papers and almost every exam goes through a computer. What about art? Art is an expression of the emotional state, it cannot be calculated, it is not exact, and it has no constants or rules. The machine can determine various things about an art piece: age, material quality, originality, colors and tones, the quantity of brush strokes, the layers of paint, the approximate total value of the painting and many others. Unfortunately, it cannot tell whether it is right or wrong, what emotions it shows, because the machine does not possess feelings. And until it does, computers cannot be used to evaluate the work of art students.

The same can be said with the works of literature. We wouldn’t need a teacher if a computer could evaluate the style, the structure, logical outlay, the arguments and composition of the text. There are also other criteria, once again connected with feelings. In general, the main task when writing an essay is to express you opinion using the literary and life experience as an example, also define the problem or the conflict. When using the technology so often, we must take into account the daily impact it has on our environment.

When we think it through, the picture comes to mind, when there are no more teachers, there needn’t to be any schools. Children can be home-schooled and pass their exams at home too. They can learn everything they want, but they also lose the practical approach, the opportunity to apply their knowledge to life. The lack of human interaction and socializing will probably turn the humans into machines. Trying so desperately to make the computers feel as we do, we will lose our own feelings.

The answer is absolutely positive to the question of whether the technology helps with the education. The research is now more rapid, all books are available in e-book formats, so you do not have to turn over the pages looking for something. You must only type in your request and the search engine will do your job for you in a matter of seconds. But you cannot explain to the computer hoe a certain work of literature makes you feel, because it does not have this answer preprogrammed and so it would render it as incorrect. This is the main flay of the entire technological age – if we want the answer, we must preprogram it, otherwise our request wouldn’t be fulfilled.

The use of artificial intelligence in education seems only logical. There is, however, one unanswered question: how can we use the computer that cannot either read or write to check our reading and writing. It appears that it is the next step to having a regular teacher substituted by a robot instructor, which can assure that the process is standardized, totally objective and unemotional, that the response of the class is completely deprives of any deviations. This also would deprive us of a chance to make someone’s day when writing a favorite-teacher essay, which is always much fun for both students and teachers.

How can a computer state the value of a talent, irony, sarcasm, humor in general, wittiness or a metaphor?  How can it possibly analyze the processes that take place in the human sub consciousness and the perception of the read or written text? These thing are not literal, exact, they cannot be simply processed with an algorithm. Do not forget that proofing your essay can only be done by other person, the one who can double-check all he references and examples.

The scientists believe that there exist three planes on which the human conscious mind functions: pathos, soul and arguments. Pathos is all about the emotions, while soul appeals to the values. The argument, however, are just the facts, the logics, the common sense. Computers that understand emotions and values can only be found on science-fiction books and movies. Otherwise, they do not exist, or not yet. And until the time that they come to be, we must take away the human factor from the educating process, otherwise the students only learn the facts and study for the test and not for the later life.