AI & The Edtech
The future is having the web as your assistant. It can be through your PC, smartphone or your wearable technology. AI was first introduced by John McCathry “the father of artificial intelligence” (Rajaraman, 2014). Learning is currently being affected by AI. Students are not using their keyboards or mouse, yet they are using their voice. Google is offering Google Voice for search, Apple is offering Siri and Microsoft is offering Cortana. Students find it faster and more efficient to find information this way (Brunsell & Horejsi 2013).
AI can be used to offer customised learning for students according to their own learning styles and environment (Kay 2012). AI can help in assembling learning objects for a number of topics according to the learners needs & learning style (Garrido, & Onaindia, 2013; 2011). AI will attempt to sort and filter BigData it in a more relevant manner to the user and make more sense out-of-it (Woolf, Lane, Chaudhri, & Kolodner 2013).
AI is what will trigger the use of wearable technologies and may cause the death of apps as we know them. Apps will connect to the AI and be fully controlled by the AI replacing the need for the user to access the app UI. AI may replace the need for UI in apps and software developers will focus on building backend programs that connect to the AI interface.
Audio-visual modes will become the tools that AI use to deliver knowledge to us or even make conclusions or recommendations. Of course this is for sure a risk of having giant organisations such as Google, Microsoft, and Apple control what and how we receive information. Yet this is the case now with media on TV and on the web. We are fed information that is most of the time bias and inaccurate. One more challenge in AI is that it generates a lot of code while learning and consumes more space. There is increasing focus in creating artificial intelligence that consumes less code while learning in order to make the computer learning process more efficient (Coppula, 1998). Yet still if AI replaces the web UI as we know it this will save a lot of web storage and may accommodate for the AI generated code.
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