Robots, AI and teaching

teaching and ai

The experts live in fantasy land if they ever think that AI machines can ever replace the emotional and social aspects teachers and schools bring to child learning. 

Yet again I see the experts proclaiming ignorant opinions and predictions over robots and artificial intelligence, this time they claim robotic AI will replace teachers of children. I call bullshit.


As anyone who has taught children in any capacity will know, children require an emotional and social context in order to learn, and robots cannot provide this.  The experts follow the same line of thought as those who cram hens into cages on industrial scale egg farms, treating children like cattle that can be force-fed information by machines without the need of indulging in the emotional and socialisation aspects of child development.

Most children learn best when they are in groups, through play and social interaction.  Children also learn faster when they are in oxytocin related emotional situations, for instance learning to read with a human rather than a machine.

The role that AI has in human caring or interactive roles is to do the administration so that the people can concentrate on the caring, teaching and emotional roles of their job, be it in nursing or education.  Too often the teacher is drowned in administration, something the AI can deal with instead.

My approach to AI is that the machines will support and enhance the role of the teacher rather than replace them.  I also see AI helping people to become human rather than enslaving and turning people into emotionless cogs in the industrial wheel.


3 thoughts on “Robots, AI and teaching

  1. I agree. Though I do have to say, that in a very stretched sense, AI–well, no, computers, are already teaching. I dropped one of my math classes when I was in community college becuase the teacher was adopting the upside-down classroom method. This meant that the students went home, watched videos and read the chapters on their own, then worked through everything in class, with the teacher there to help them if needed. I saw it as a sort of slacker way of teaching, so I dropped it (ironically though, the only class available at that point was an online class, so I ended up with videos teaching me anyway, and paying more for it too).
    I do have to say though, since we got into that discussion a few weeks ago when you first brought up AI, I have really been thinking a lot about it. It really is fascinating!

  2. Pingback: Can Robots Replace Our Teachers? – Education: Essays and Articles

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