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Artificial Intelligence Course Professor Creates AI Teaching Assistant

05/10/2017 9:59 AM

This article is a little old but came up again recently.

College of Computing Professor Ashok Goel teaches Knowledge Based Artificial Intelligence (KBAI) every semester. It’s a core requirement of Georgia Tech’s online master’s of science in computer science program. And every time he offers it, Goel estimates, his 300 or so students post roughly 10,000 messages in the online forums — far too many inquiries for him and his eight teaching assistants (TA) to handle.

That’s why Goel added a ninth TA this semester. Her name is Jill Watson, and she’s unlike any other TA in the world. In fact, she’s not even a “she.” Jill is a computer — a virtual TA — implemented, in part, using technologies from IBM’s Watson platform.

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05/10/2017 11:04 AM

Does this concern anyone else? I listened to a radio show about A.I. and they are using computers to program themselves 'machine learning' to solve problems on their own. One problem I see with this is because the computer programmed it, the makers don't know the process of the algorithm; if something goes wrong, they don't know where to look to find it.

One example they gave is they gave a computer thousands of pictures of different things, they named the things common in a bunch (car or something) and then let the machine go to search the rest. It did really good for a while then started making mistakes on identifying. It turns out, they had not noticed that all the pictures they chose had similar cloud formations. It took weeks to find out that it was the clouds that the computer was matching, not the intended image.

Now, put that kind of A.I. in a self driving car, it goes fine for a few weeks until it makes a similar mistake and accelerates through a crowd of people...who is to blame? the A.I. or the makers?

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05/11/2017 10:12 AM

Be careful, very careful what you teach a hammer to do.

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05/10/2017 11:09 AM

Interesting, but it seems like overkill. From the article:

“One of the secrets of online classes is that the number of questions increases if you have more students, but the number of different questions doesn’t really go up,” Goel said. “Students tend to ask the same questions over and over again.”

That means that instead of building an AI computer, they could have simply created a student FAQ from the same database.

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05/10/2017 11:26 AM

Maybe he could have a supplemental course in faq's from the main course...? Maybe students should take that course first eh?

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05/10/2017 11:55 AM

RTFFAQs

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05/11/2017 10:11 AM

Corollary to that: RTFM, or RTFB, or RTFCM before you whine.

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05/10/2017 3:44 PM

Yea, and after that they will look on line first for an answer. Perhaps one or two of them will even read a manual.

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05/10/2017 2:13 PM

Hey, maybe IEEE GlobalSpec can field one of these to answer questions here like this one.

I wonder: after awhile will it become just as snarky?

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05/10/2017 4:03 PM

Considering the AI is learning with every interaction. I suspect it would become very snarky

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05/10/2017 7:51 PM

It would be interesting to see what sort of snark AI would come up.

"Your mother was a 4.77 MHz 8088!"

"Go piss in a bit bucket!"

"Next time you take a core dump, how's about a courtesy flush, yo?"

"Waddayagonnado, loser? Bust a blue screen on me?"

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"Don't mind him. He's new here."

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05/10/2017 4:34 PM

Isn't this the way Siri and the other AI programs work, only with a course related database?

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05/11/2017 10:10 AM

I agree with the statement: "why resort to A.I. Jane, when FAQ could do about 85-90% of the workload?"

I add this: If you had a robotic T.A., could it replace the annoying professor?

Since students (picking on students here) could or would read the course materials assigned, could they not find the answers to their own questions, and pass the course exams (weekly, etc. and final)?

Now I add this: If you have a robotic T.A., and the annoying professor is eliminated from the classroom, why not also have robotic students, and also eliminate the annoying students, thus freeing them up to demonstrate, loot, and riot against some speaker's first amendment rights to speak at their university. Damnable fascists shutting down free speech!

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