Developments in AI, robotics and big data are changing the nature of education. Yet the implications of these technologies for the teaching profession are uncertain. While most educators remain convinced of the need for human teachers, outside the profession there is growing anticipation of a technological reinvention of the ways in which teaching and learning take place.
Through an examination of technological developments such as autonomous classroom robots, intelligent tutoring systems, learning analytics and automated decision-making, Neil Selwyn highlights the need for nuanced discussions around the capacity of AI to replicate the social, emotional and cognitive qualities of human teachers. He pushes conversations about AI and education into the realm of values, judgements and politics, ultimately arguing that the integration of any technology into society must be presented as a choice.
Should Robots Replace Teachers? is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of education and work in our increasingly automated times.
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Series: Digital Futures
05 February 2020
Professional and scholarly
Preface Acknowledgements 1 AI, Robotics and the Automation of Teaching 2 Physical Robots in the Classroom 3 Intelligent Tutoring and Pedagogical Assistants 4 `Behind-the-Scenes' Technologies 5 Revitalizing Teaching for the AI Age Notes Index
Neil Selwyn is Professor of Education at Monash University, Melbourne.
Reviews for Should Robots Replace Teachers?: AI and the Future of Education
`Selwyn's book is a state-of-the-art analysis of the role of technology in education. Persuasive and penetrating, it is the gold standard for discussion of AI and robotics in shaping the classroom of the future.' Frank Pasquale, University of Maryland `Selwyn navigates deftly between hype and hysteria to explore the questions we should be asking. The increasingly urgent issues surrounding robots in teaching demand exactly the sort of extensive and careful reflection on display here.' Charles Ess, University of Oslo