According to a computer science professor at the University of California, Berkeley, AI-powered chatbot tutors will likely revolutionize traditional education and benefit students with one-on-one training.
ChatGPT has already made its mark among students, as younger generations rushed to use the chatbot that can mimic human conversation when it was released last year. Berkeley professor and top AI expert, Stuart Russell, thinks that as the technology evolves, it could revolutionize traditional education with personalized ChatGPT-like tutors.
“Education is the biggest benefit we can look for in the next few years,” Russell said of the potential impact of AI on education. “It should be possible within a few years, perhaps by the end of this decade, to provide a very good quality education to all the children of the world. It’s potentially transformative.”
Russell, who was in Geneva last week for the UN’s AI for Good Global Summit, argued that personalized chatbots could eventually cover “most content up to the end of high school” for students, all from their mobile phone or computer.
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OpenAI is currently testing a virtual tutor program powered by GPT-4, according to a partnership with an education nonprofit announced in March. The program “works as both a virtual tutor for students and a classroom assistant for teachers,” OpenAI said in its announcement.
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Russell said studies show one-on-one tutoring is two to three times more beneficial for students compared to traditional classroom learning. He told the Guardians there will likely be “reasonable fears” among teachers and their unions of “fewer teachers employed – maybe even none”. He noted to Fox News Digital, however, that he doesn’t “necessarily” believe this scenario will play out and that he is more focused “on the potential added value of AI tutors” than on robots replacing teachers.
“If I was the government or the school district, and there was an opportunity to double the quality of education – getting most kids to college level by age 11 or 12 – with 25% more teachers, I would accept this deal,” Russell told Fox News Digital. “Teachers would work as guides with small groups of children, also helping them learn how to collaborate, etc., rather than teaching a lesson to a large class.”
Asked about the use of AI in the classroom, a spokesperson for the National Education Association directed Fox News Digital to a resolution the union passed at its annual meeting detailing the use of AI must “support the needs of students and educators”, “be equitable, accessible and inclusive”, and include no bias.
“The National Education Association believes that the development and increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies will continue to impact students, educators, public education and the wider community,” the statement said. resolution before defining guiding principles such as AI must be transparent. and “not to compromise the privacy of educators, students or their families”.
Russell noted that the risks associated with the use of technology include possible indoctrination of students, when human involvement in education would still be necessary. According to the Guardian article, human roles in education could evolve into roles such as “playground monitor” or leading civics and morals lessons or group exercises.
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His comments follow a study carried out in Denmark who found “charismatic” robots, those who are programmed to speak in a passionate tone can have a positive impact on students, stimulating creativity during group projects.
“We haven’t done any experiments, so we don’t know if an AI system will be enough for a child. There’s motivation, there’s learning to collaborate, it’s not just ‘Can I do the math?'” Russell said. “It will be essential to ensure that the social aspects of childhood are preserved and enhanced.”
ChatGPT and other chatbots have become so educated, Russell said at the UN summit, that they are “starting to hit a brick wall” and may soon be “running out of text in the universe” at use for training.
A study published last month, which has yet to pass peer review, found that ChatGPT was able to successfully complete Massachusetts Institute of Technology undergraduate courses in math, computer science, and engineering. electric.
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The study – which was authored by 15 experts, including MIT professors – found that the chatbot was able to answer program questions with 100% accuracy. Three MIT students who reviewed the methodology, however, claim to have found “glaring problems” with the study that essentially allowed ChatGPT to creep through coursework, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
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Russell urged caution over the explosion of AI since the release of ChatGPT, heralding the technology as a tool that can help humanity flourish, but could also “cause terrible harm.” Russell was one of thousands of technical experts, leaders and others who signed an open letter calling for a pause in AI research in labs so that policymakers and lab leaders can ” develop and implement a set of shared security protocols for advanced AI design”.
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“I have also signed the letter, in the hope that it will lead to (at least) a serious and focused conversation between policymakers, tech companies and the AI research community about the kinds of safeguards needed before ‘moving forward. Time to say it’s fair that pure research is long outdated,” Russell wrote in an op-ed in the spring.