Report: Robots Will Replace Teachers Within 10 Years

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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham claims that intelligent machines will soon replace teachers in the classroom as part of an education revolution that will focus on individualized learning approaches.

Sir Anthony Seldon, the Vice-Chancellor the University of Buckingham, claims that an education revolution is already underway, powered by vast improvements in technology that will soon allow all students to have a one-on-one learning experience.

According to Seldon, intelligent machines will adapt to a child’s individualized learning style to provide him or her with personalized lesson plans that will best suit their educational development. “Everyone can have the very best teacher and it’s completely personalised; the software you’re working with will be with you throughout your education journey,” he said.

“It will open up the possibility of an Eton or Wellington-style education for all,” Sir Anthony said, referencing two prestigious day and boarding academies in the United Kingdom.

“You’ll still have the humans there walking around during school time, but in fact the inspiration in terms of intellectual excitement will come from the lighting-up of the brain which the machines will be superbly well-geared for,” Seldon added.

Seldon argues that the machines will be ideal for education purposes because they will be able to adapt to a student’s individualized needs. “The machines will know what it is that most excites you and gives you a natural level of challenge that is not too hard or too easy, but just right for you,” he says.

Think such technology is centuries away? Seldon says you’re wrong. “I’m expecting this to happen in the next 10 years,” he claimed.

But there is an obvious downside to this form of technological development. “The great danger is that it takes jobs away, and for human beings much of our fulfillment in life comes from the satisfaction of work,” he finished.


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