New Delhi: It appears that teaching positions are under threat as AI slowly replaces human labor. Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly being included in Harvard University’s coding curriculum. In its famous Computer Science 50: Introduction to Computer Science (CS50) course, the university intends to use an AI chatbot with ChatGPT’s capabilities as an instructor.
Professors in the program have proposed that AI Educator be built using OpenAI’s advanced GPT 3.5 or GPT 4 models, demonstrating Harvard’s dedication to using cutting-edge AI technology for educational purposes. Students who have signed up for the program will be expected to use this artificial intelligence technology when it starts in September.
“Our own hope is that, through AI, we can eventually approximate a 1:1 teacher:student ratio for each student in CS50, by providing them with software-based tools that can accelerate their learning, 24/7.” and in a style that works best for them individually,” CS50 professor David Malan told The Harvard Crimson.
Because so many students are using edX and OpenCourseWare online, it has become difficult to provide targeted support to each student’s individual needs. As a result, these facilities will be helpful for both on-campus and off-campus students.
The launch of AI Chatbot Instructor coincides with the phenomenal growth in popularity of AI solutions. Launched in November 2022, OpenAI’s ChatGPT has rapidly outpaced all other apps in terms of growth rate. The chatbot got an astonishing 100 million active users in just two months. Users were attracted to the chatbot because of its wide range of capabilities, which included writing poetry and essays in addition to generating computer code.
Even Google has acknowledged that there are still problems with the accuracy of this technology and with AI “hallucinations”. The major search engine recently issued a warning to consumers that information provided by its AI-powered bard may not always be accurate.
Professor Malan stresses the importance of critical thinking for students when they are faced with AI-generated content as she is aware of the potential pitfalls. He emphasized that students should use their discretion when analyzing information.
However, he is still excited about the potential of these technologies. He emphasizes the need for instructor and student input in enhancing the skills of AI. Students and faculty will need to actively participate in this process in order to contribute to the ongoing development of this technology.