Artificial Intelligence is transforming the landscape of human evolution, with one of the biggest landmarks for the technology being the declaration of an AI robot – Sophia – as a “national citizen” of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Despite the fact that the earliest footprints of Artificial Intelligence can be traced back to 1956, its impact had been behind the curtains, until recently. During the last decade, AI has sparked polar reactions from observers, with some crowning it as the “face of the future”, while others demarking it as the “beginning of the end”. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, went as far as saying that AI would largely be attributable for the outburst of World War-III. On the other side of the fence, however, we have the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, who could not have expressed more hope and faith in the revelation.
Impact on Education
Though it is still premature to comment on the larger impact of Artificial Intelligence on human race; one thing is for sure, it is certainly going a long way in shaping better avenues for learning. The world is changing at a remarkable pace and so are the roles of the people behind the wheel. Consequently, organizations from the world over are embracing novel approaches to facilitate better learning, with AI playing an instrumental role in several transformations. Right from automating routine tasks like grading and resource management, to identifying improvement areas in existing curriculums, AI has been contributing to the learning landscape in more ways than one. The technology is enabling organizations to provide an environment that is more conducive to learning, while ensuring optimum utilization of resources.
Where are We Going from Here?
While humanoid teachers may not be seen walking down the corridors of educational institutes anytime soon, you can already get you hands on AI robots that can search the web to help your kids with studies. Besides, a number of globally renowned organizations have come forward to explore the potential of incorporating AI in learning, with a recent, notable collaboration manifesting between NVidia, a name synonymous with cutting-edge Graphic Processing Units, and Nuance, one of the global leaders in speech and imaging applications. The behemoths have recently joined hands to increase the possibilities of machine learning in the field of radiology and optimize existing workflows, but that’s not all. NVidia is also working on a partnership with GE Healthcare to explore the scope of AI integration in healthcare imaging.
The Future as We See It
No matter what the critics have to say, AI is all set to change the landscape of learning and the way it is approached by educators. The prominence of adaptive learning is bound to increase in times to come, with more bodies wake up to the potential of AI. The technology will allow educators to step away from the much debated “one-size-fits-all” approach to learning, which was primarily designed to cater to the human capital needs of the industrial revolution era, but unfortunately, had been regarded as the holy grail of learning, ever since. More than two centuries have passed since then, and almost everything about human existence has undergone a radical transformation, which explains the state of affairs in the realm of education that is desperate for a change. And with increasing adoption of AI, the shift is inevitable. In the words of Frank Sinatra, “the best is yet to come”!