ChatGPT screenshots are everywhere. Twitter is brimming with screenshots and threads about the role of AI in learning, content creation etc. and how it may replace professions. 

I asked the ChatGPT bot two questions about AI’s role in content creation. It was fascinating to witness the thought process and arguments in the responses. 

Today, we are at the intersection of augmenting AI in healthcare, insurance, education, and other industries. Virtual AI assistants, AI personalized shoppers, and our self-driving cars are a few fascinating examples. As AI creeps into our daily lives, there are looming questions about its capability of replacing humans in the workforce. 

In this blog, we will build an understanding of the impact of AI on learning to date and how we can augment it for learning.  

Artificial Intelligence is not a new term for us. AI became popular ever since it began transforming industries. However, researchers have pondered upon the use of machines to think from 300 BC. The history and evolution of AI are fascinating to our generation. AI has transformed multiple industries and generated decision-making models, personalized experiences, and algorithms that can match us to our potential life partners. 

After a short back-and-forth conversation with ChatGPT, I went down a rabbit hole to understand the role of AI in learning so far and the future

How has AI augmented learning? 

Let’s begin with a question – Have you used one of more following applications – Coursera, Udacity, Duolingo, Grammarly, or similar applications for learning? If yes, then you have interacted with an AI-driven application. 

If no, your interaction with Siri, Alexa or Google is AI-driven. AI is everywhere.  

Three ways that AI augments learning: 

  • AI can make learning personalized: Think of AI as a personal tutor that curates your learning journey based on your strengths and weaknesses. AI can pace the content based on your performance.
  • AI can make learning engaging: Gamification in learning is highly sought-after. AI can understand the engagement levels by student usage and gamify the experience. While AI cannot solve student motivation, it can help an engaged learner to move forward. 
  • AI can prioritize experience and learning: Duolingo is a fantastic example of AI that makes learning fun and engaging without the learner going off-track

If we take a 10000 feet view of learning, there are three ways AI can help build better learning habits with the focus on engagement:

  • Mix and match: Think of AI in learning as eating at a buffet restaurant. For the best experience, you eat small portions of many dishes. For example, if you are learning to code with a peer community, use 15 minutes of your commute time to code on the go on a learning app, gain feedback and build on that feedback with your peers. 
  • Quick feedback: AI is a grading mechanism. Bring AI tools in your learning journey to selfassess. For example, if you are learning French during your first year in France, use learning apps to converse with and build fluency. Use learning apps to grade and guide. 
  • Refresh and breaks: Brain games such as Lumosity or even virtual chess are refreshing for learning breaks. AI can help you take short breaks and even engage your distracted self. 

Unlearning Thought

What role can AI play in unlearning? 

I asked ChatGPT two questions. Here are the responses: 

Will AI take over content creation? 

It is unlikely that AI will completely take over content creation. While AI has made significant strides in recent years and is capable of generating text that is difficult to distinguish from text written by a human, there are still many aspects of content creation that are uniquely human. For example, creating content requires a level of creativity, insight, and emotional intelligence that AI has not yet achieved. Additionally, many people enjoy creating content and are likely to continue doing so even if AI becomes more advanced.

How are humans better at writing than AI?

Humans are better at writing than AI for a number of reasons. One is that humans have a deep understanding of the nuances and complexities of human language, which allows us to communicate ideas and emotions in a way that is natural and intuitive. Additionally, humans 

have a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw on when writing, which allows us to create content that is rich and varied. Finally, humans have the ability to understand and incorporate the perspectives and experiences of others when writing, which allows us to create content that is relatable and engaging. Overall, the ability to understand and use language in a creative and flexible way is what sets humans apart from AI when it comes to writing.

What do you think of the responses? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Here are some relevant resources to learn about AI and AI in learning:

AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs | Pew Research Center

A Complete History of Artificial Intelligence

Week in Edtech, 12/12: Edtech Meets Generative AI