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AI is a hot topic at the moment, with new advancements and predictions almost every day. But, could AI replace teachers?

Recently, Sir Anthony Seldon, vice chancellor of the University of Buckingham, predicted that in just a decade a teacher’s only job will solely be discipline and physical aspects of teaching, such as setting up equipment. He stated that “Everyone can have the very best teacher and it’s completely personalised; the software you’re working with will be with you throughout your education journey.” The personalised aspect of the software may break down the age-old barrier of children learning better in different ways, this means students could have every tool at their disposal to reach their full potential.

However, this has been a huge point of controversy. The thought of teachers becoming nothing more than classroom assistants. Seldon also stated that he was “desperately sad” that the role of teachers would be replaced. Some are shocked by the idea, with many Twitter users using social media to voice their concerns.

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Although, the positives of this are overwhelming. Owen Evans of Oxford University conducted a study in which suggests that if the conditions are right it is possible to teach AI so that it doesn’t experience serious failure. More people took to Twitter to defend the idea, stating that if the AI is programmed right, then there shouldn't be a problem.

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Only time will tell to what extent AI will affect the teaching industry, as well as other aspects of our lives. But one thing is certain: AI will be making a huge impact on the world as we know it.

Can we really imagine a world where teachers are a thing of the past? Or is AI the best way forward?

Let us know! If you’d like to know more about AI, check out our blog on how AI will transform business here.