I don`t know about you but it seems to me that the news about innovations in the sphere of robotics technologies are chasing me wherever I go. What is more, even the robots themselves won`t leave us alone for one bit. Technically, the smartphones, autonomous cars with no driver required even an elevator. All those things are practically becoming smarter than us.
But we won`t spread the panic. I do believe that modern technologies will make people`s lives better, simpler, more comfortable. However, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking share an idea that the artificial intelligence carries a potentially serious threat to humanity. They are on the list of the smartest people on this planet so should we really be aware of the machines` rise?
This is an important issue to discuss right now because we still have time. It`s not possible to calculate all the options. And in the meantime, the robots found their way into the education system. Do you like an idea of your professor being a human-like robot? The one just like Sophia.
Please, tell me you know who she is! Sophia is one of the most famous robots on the planet and she was put under the spotlight (and under a close scrutiny as well) right after she was created. It`s absolutely unbelievable how realistic she is! She is smart, skillful and she`s even joking about destroying the humanity (laughter through the tears in this case).
It`s been proven by multiple cases of scientific research that individual training is way more effective than teaching the whole class at one. Obviously when there is only you and the teacher you have a chance to get all the information compartmentalized in your head. You`re more focused, creative and attentive. Besides, if you have only one teacher, you won`t be hoping that someone else does the home assignment and you`ll just copy it.
So individualistic training is a way of making education more progressive and effective. But would you prefer your teacher to be a robot or an actual human being?
They Are Almost Here
Actually, the computer programs that are aimed at the individualistic perception of information already exist and many countries use them actively. They still are not the full substitutes of the real professors at university but they have a huge potential to become those pretty soon.
Brazilian program “Geekie” (they apparently chose the creative path while choosing the name for this innovation) is a smart system which helps all the students prepare for the classes and exams. It contains various video-lessons and tests. But the difference is that this half-robot will never drag you down with bad scores. Even if you fail a certain test, you will have a chance to pass it one more time after listening to a couple of additional lectures.
This program is calculating your progress and is willing to give you a second chance. Sometimes schools and universities may label the students who are not that brilliant as lazy, careless and hopeless. But a lot of young people simply don`t perform that well under a constant pressure so individualistic classes provided by this program will help the students to discover their hidden talents and capacities.
Australia has also developed an interesting system which is called “Smart Sparrow”. This one is not actually for students but for the teachers. With its help, the professors now are able to create interactive courses and adapt the curriculum to the needs and peculiarities of every student.
What Are the Pros and the Cons
With the help of this innovative system, education will indeed become more effective. That`s a fact. The students will be able to go through the material they didn`t quite get, will get the full explanation of their grades and will even have an opportunity to choose the courses. If you`re more into art, sports or mathematics, you don`t have to learn all of that at once. Depending on your career choice, the system may change its pattern in order to help you.
For example, if you`re planning to become a doctor, then the robotic system will propose you a curriculum based on the biology and chemistry classes. Obviously, you`ll get the general knowledge of math, history, and arts but you`ll be much more prepared for entering exams.
Of course, there are the cons of such an approach to education. Besides the suggestion that robots can actually enslave the human race, there are some technical difficulties. Those systems in Australia and Brazil are working under the supervision of the teachers so the possibility of mistakes is omitted. But it`s being planned that the kids may study at home. In this case, who will be responsible for the program`s malfunction?
It`s hard to predict what people`s response will be for such an innovation. They may agree to be taught by a robot but what if this powerful machine changes the pattern of people`s behavior? This potential problem is especially alerting when it comes to the children`s education. Growing up they learn how to be the members of society and human teachers play a huge part in personality establishment.
Perhaps, a kid would feel much more comfortable in a company of robots rather than humans after the course is finished. Did we scare you a little bit? Maybe not a little bit. Scientists are still calculating the possible risks and finding out the ways of managing them. The whole idea sounds quite fascinating but humanity still doesn`t possess enough of knowledge to make those systems completely safe.