It seems that the jobs of teachers are in danger as AI continues to make advancements. Harvard University is taking bold steps in integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into its coding program. The university has announced its plan to employ an AI chatbot equipped with ChatGPT’s capabilities as an instructor in its renowned course “Computer Science 50: Introduction to Computer Science (CS50).”
According to course instructors, the AI teacher will be developed using OpenAI’s advanced GPT 3.5 or GPT 4 models. The program is set to launch in September, and enrolled students will be encouraged to utilize this AI tool.
Professor David Malan, who teaches CS50, expressed hope for the AI integration, stating, “Through AI, we can eventually approximate a 1:1 teacher-student ratio for every CS50 student, providing them with software-based tools that support their learning at their own pace and style.” He highlighted the challenge of providing personalized support to online students and emphasized the benefits of AI chatbots for both on-campus and off-campus learners.
This move comes at a time when AI tools are gaining immense popularity. OpenAI’s ChatGPT, launched in November 2022, quickly became the fastest-growing app of all time, attracting 100 million active users within two months. Users are drawn to ChatGPT’s versatility, from generating computer code to composing poetry and essays. Google DeepMind’s CEO recently announced the development of Gemini, a futuristic algorithm that can outperform OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
However, concerns over accuracy and reliability persist with AI-generated content. Google recently cautioned users that its AI-powered chatbot Google Bard may not always provide correct information.
Professor Malan recognizes these concerns and emphasizes the importance of critical thinking when interacting with AI-generated content. He encourages students to exercise their own judgment while evaluating information. Nevertheless, he remains optimistic about the future of these tools, highlighting the value of feedback from students and teachers in refining AI’s capabilities.
Harvard University’s employment as an AI chatbot instructor marks a significant milestone in integrating AI and education, paving the way for potential transformations in teaching and learning methodologies.