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Harvard to Use A.I. Chatbot to Help Teach Coding Course This Fall

Harvard to Use A.I. Chatbot to Help Teach Coding Course This Fall

“venturing deeper into the uncharted territory of artificial intelligence”

Is this the future of teaching? What happens when A.I. starts replacing human teachers? Can you imagine the protests?

FOX News reports:

Ivy League university unveils plan to teach students with AI chatbot this fall: ‘Evolution’ of ‘tradition’

Students at one of the America’s most elite universities will be in for a surprise this fall when they discover their flagship coding class is taught with help from an A.I. chatbot in a bend on what Professor David Malan, the course’s overseer, defines as an “evolution” of “tradition.”

Harvard University unleashed plans to incorporate A.I. chatbots to teach the course, venturing deeper into the uncharted territory of artificial intelligence – a territory that has exponentially grown and altered the course of technology in the past several months.

Though the idea sounds novel and exciting, Martin Rand, PactumAI co-founder and CEO, warned to be wary of the “dangers.”

“I would say the dangers are that we have to consider that these are statistical models. These will come up with most probable answers and high probability can also mean mediocrity. So professors need to be there to provide exceptionalism, and I think Harvard has taken the right approach in providing this only to introductory courses,” he said.

Rand said, despite the potential drawbacks, the development has an upside and could help “create growth” and encourage further innovation and education.

According to the school’s newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, Professor Malan said the introductory-level coding course that will employ the bot has historically aimed to unveil new software in its syllabus and the “CS50 [Computer Science 50] bot” is another way of doing just that.


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henrybowman | July 5, 2023 at 11:16 pm

1. “Learn to code.”
2. “Use an AI to help you code.”
3. AI realizes (correctly) that the human adds no value to this process.