Learning is a cornerstone of society, and today it is going through transformational change. Decreased funding, instructor shortages, and learner needs growing more complex have created a globally-fractured education system. Add in a global pandemic and we’ve created a perfect storm for much-needed reform.
The lockdowns in response to COVID-19 have interrupted learning and development. At the height of the pandemic, 1.6 billion students worldwide were affected as schools moved to online distance learning with no warning or preparation. This pandemic has exposed the many inequities in our global education system; access to the internet, computers needed for online learning and the supportive learning environments needed. In the US alone, over one-third of learners have been completely excluded from online schooling, particularly in schools with large shares of low-income students, while elite private schools experienced almost full attendance (The Economist). We need a plan. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is part of the answer.
The opportunities of AI to support this ongoing education crisis is critical and far-reaching. According to a study conducted by Microsoft and IDC, 99.4% of educational institutions have said that AI would be “instrumental to their institution’s competitiveness within the next three years”, with 15% calling it a “game-changer.” A majority are starting to implement solutions as well — with 92% of respondents saying that they’ve started to experiment with AI technology.
According to JRC Science for Policy Report, AI can 1) enable new ways of learning, teaching, and education, and 2) increase the efficiency of learning. Since antiquity, humans have known that the best education is delivered one-on-one. We learned very quickly that it was expensive, labor-intensive and hard to scale, so we’ve settled for classroom-based instruction and have done so for centuries. AI has the power to change all that.
Humanized AI As a Solution
It’s a well documented fact that many nations, particularly in the developing world, don’t have nearly enough teachers. Our company, Soul Machines, recognizes this global crisis and is using AI-powered Digital People to help fill that gap. Our company is the pioneer of astonishing Digital People with a patented Digital Brain that contextualizes and adapts in real time. Digital People are scalable, emotionally-responsive, and multilingual. Much like a real teacher, they respond to your body language and have the ability to adjust to each learner’s individual learning style, known as “Adaptive learning,” to help students reach their full potential. Additionally, they can scale to millions of learners per Digital Person and can successfully replicate 1:1 instruction. The same can be said for any institution performing online instruction, including corporate learning, employee development, and workforce upskilling. With most institutions going online and learners setting their own hours, we foresee our technology really thriving in this sector. We have only begun to see the benefits of Humanized AI in learning and development and the results are very promising.
A powerful new way to learn