The mechanization of our modern civilization has made a lot of headway over the years, and the recent advances in robotics help further that goal. The first robot ever to be created was an artificial bird built by the father of mechanical engineering, Archytas and was powered by steam and flew for only 200 meters.
Ever since then we’ve come a long way in that regard, especially since Japan predicts that by 2020, they will have unmanned taxis, drone deliveries and home Robots in their northern region. Which brings us to a prediction by Thomas Frey, who said that in 14 years’ time robots will be manning classrooms as teachers.
Frey is a futuristic former IBM engineer and the founder of the DaVinci Institute—a renowned think tank for tech-related innovations and also a networking organization. Frey is also a renowned speaker who has spoken at NASA, several Fortune 500 companies and the New York Times.
In an interview with the Business Insider, he stated that he envisioned a future where technology innovators would promote and refine online education. Additionally, Frey predicted by 2030; the largest organization would be an education based business we don’t know of.
Frey asserted that for an online course to be effective in teaching students it needs to be able to learn preferred learning techniques and proclivities of each student. By learning all these, it will better be able to know what interests you and continuously develop methods for teaching you faster and more effectively.
Should this prediction come true, it would mean that students will be able to reach heights of education that would have otherwise been impossible to achieve. Currently, students the world over have significantly limited learning opportunities, effective one-on-one help from instructors and progression from their respective assigned classes.
Fortunately, the internet and computer penetration have significantly grown over the years, and this could be the gateway for an enhanced online education scheme. With this, more resources and opportunities for further learning would be available for any underprivileged student to further their education.
With that said, not everyone is onboard with the notion of having robots teach our children especially because popular Hollywood sci-fi movies depict scenarios where robots ultimately take over the world and subjugate human beings. However, robots could make for a more inexpensive solution for limited education options all over the world.
It would eliminate the need to live in particular upper-class districts to access high-quality education. Furthermore, social-economic hierarchical classes and wealth would no longer influence the level of education a student gets or their ability to even get one.
Additionally, robots that can learn the learning behavior of students and continuously improve teaching strategies to suit the student will eliminate cases of boredom or slow learning. It could very well be better than having robots take over future jobs but perhaps, lead students to better career choices.
It is important to note that a recent survey conducted by the European Commission revealed that 30-34% of people who participated in the survey are proponents of banning robots from education. Even though Frey doesn’t outrightly propose the replacement of traditional education systems, these opinions could be changed in time.