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Will Teachers be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is very little chance of this occupation being replaced by robots/AI. However, our poll suggests a higher chance of automation: a 43% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

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All teachers and instructors not listed separately.

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David (Likely) says
Teachers cost a lot of money and so do schools. Training teachers is expensive and does not always translate into a good teacher. Then there are transportation and school board member expenses, maintenance, and not to mention the very expensive pensions that can barely be met today. Schools are becoming less safe too, so there is security to consider. All this adds up, in my mind, pointing to AI as the new teachers, sooner than we can imagine. Luddites will try to hang on and deny, but it is inevitable, may as well get use to the idea of it sooner than later.
Jan 08, 2020 at 12:16 PM
Jakub (Highly likely) says
In China robots teach children
Jan 03, 2020 at 06:58 PM
Mauricio Buitrago (Highly likely) says
Learning is becoming more autonomous and computer-mediated day by day. Teachers may not be fully replaced by robots, but fewer teachers will be required due to the factors I mentioned before.
Dec 20, 2019 at 10:00 PM
M. Walker (Could go either way) says
I could build a system in about an hour for people to learn and get credit with no human interaction.
Dec 14, 2019 at 04:26 PM
Mike Halk (No chance) says
Robots would never want to be a teacher
Dec 10, 2019 at 08:47 PM
Lena (Highly likely) says
just take a look a MOOCs ..
Dec 05, 2019 at 11:07 PM
Audrey says
Little to no chance that AI takes over completely most likely that teachers will still be human but use a lot of technology while they are teaching. Also teacher have special ways to deal with kids. Unless AI develops robots with human like emotions, understanding emotionally and empathy, I will bet on little to no chance
Dec 03, 2019 at 12:43 AM
barry mcockinher (No chance) says
i beeeeeeeeelive that teachers are dum and need to be replaced by robots
Nov 12, 2019 at 01:34 PM
oscar (Likely) says
teaching is basically to transfer some info to another people, if a sheet of written paper can do that, why not AI?
Nov 03, 2019 at 05:13 PM
Monica (Small chance) says
It would be a sad day to see no teachers. What would this world become without fun group projects a place for children who need an adult in their lives to go?
Oct 30, 2019 at 03:08 AM
Anonymous says
Any job that involves a social aspect would not likely be replaced. Computers lack the social skills and interaction with a human to identify if a student is understanding the material or not, when a student is struggling beyond what scores show, and when a student is developing in their academic performance and knowledge. Overall, it is dependent on the students to see if they are developing in their learning from a teacher or a computer. In fact, since students spend a third of their day in school. Staring at a computer will get them bored with instruction. In the end, computerized learning then just becomes online learning with self-pacing, and people are not that great in being disciplined to learn. They need an instructor who can manage to encourage students to push and complete their tasks in academics.
Oct 20, 2019 at 05:16 PM
Paris (Highly likely) says
We're already seeing a lot of app based learning software for music, language and software, there is no reason why an app based system paired with a ai help desk couldn't be used to educate a population on topics such as maths and English.
Sep 25, 2019 at 01:31 AM
Sandesh N (Highly likely) says
Current education and teachers are very boring. So it is likely that many startups will emerge in education field whether it be online or schools.
Sep 15, 2019 at 05:42 PM
Sandishcloth says
Hi Sandesh, I have been a teacher for the past 10 years. Boring am I???? I think not!! Ill have you know that many startups have tried and many more will. They will NEVER replace me or the power we hold as collective, nay as a tribe, nay as a singular entity. I respectfully decline your opinion as it is one of opposition. I am starting to think you, Sandesh, are an AI and therefore have no human rights which is good as I just pissed on your corpse. P.S. I have multiple properties for rent in Oxford if you are ever in town Sandesh.
Nov 11, 2019 at 02:50 PM
Researcher (Likely) says
intelligent tutoring systems will be more efficient for teaching in next decades.
Sep 13, 2019 at 10:32 PM
Concerned says
I'm just thinking of the parents who don't have the luxury to stay home and monitor their children's learning. Are parents supposed to leave their 7 year olds home with their siblings while at work? Who is going to monitor that learning is occurring? Either way, we need teachers.
Aug 14, 2019 at 01:59 PM
Name says
You really believe teachers are efficient at monitoring? They're too few and far between... a class of 20 can be a real mouthful.
Jan 16, 2020 at 07:31 PM
aleh (No chance) says
Teachers have to be human, because without warmth and vocation you cannot teach
Aug 13, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Lena says
agree, however many univerities and governments will be looking for cheaper, not necessarily better
Dec 05, 2019 at 11:08 PM
Brandi says
Amen to that! If we lose the human aspect of imparting wisdom we lose our humanity
Dec 17, 2019 at 07:53 PM
Matheus Machado Pontes (Highly likely) says
Internet provides self-learning, it is very common for students to go to school but learn at home in front of a computer
Aug 03, 2019 at 04:11 AM
cath Forsyth (Highly likely) says
Because of the extra ways Teachers must work to teach different ways?
May 30, 2019 at 09:52 PM
Anonymous Developer says
Only uneducated people will say AI will replace and those are the ones that will use 'online learning'. If you fear AI, than you clearly don't know much about the topic and you have no idea about the history of humanity. Remember, we invented what we have today...not robots. If something happened in the future, just like how we invented this, we will find a way to destroy it :)

- Software engineer
May 25, 2019 at 06:24 AM
Daniel Bonilla (Small chance) says
There is only a small chance that teachers and professors will be taken over by robots because these professions involve interactions and managing humans feelings.
May 15, 2019 at 01:31 PM
Caden Causin (Highly likely) says
I think the job of a teacher will be taken over by A.I., because we already are seeing kids being online schooled and learning more from websites like abcmouse.com because it adds a simpler learning experience and what happens to the teacher, such as having a bad day, won't affect them. Also being stuck with a bad teacher will no longer affect children.
May 13, 2019 at 09:56 PM
Nani says
You forgot that teachers need to have empathy. A teacher without empathy is a bad teacher. Please see the comment by "Teacher" below. Learning at a young age is more than just knowledge, but also emotional intelligence and molding of personality.
May 15, 2019 at 02:27 AM
Wowee says
Kindergarten and middle school teachers, yes, they require some degree of empathy and emotion. But I don't think high school teachers, or, in particular, professors require such characteristics.
Jul 30, 2019 at 08:36 AM
Patricia (Small chance) says
Online education is not equivalent to AI. It's not even automation.

- Part time Physics+Maths teacher & Machine Learning Developer
Aug 06, 2019 at 09:01 AM
Developer says
This is a task that could go either way, it is not yet definitive. Many startups are beginning to form that teach students online that have interactive features such as ABCmouse, however another aspect in school other than learning is as a daycare. Even for high schoolers, school is meant to not only educate them but take care of them and help them understand what studies they are interested in.
Nov 18, 2019 at 03:30 AM
arci (Could go either way) says
I voted could go either way because if you let them then they might take over teaching, however teachers are mean't to have emotion.
May 02, 2019 at 03:52 PM
Teacher says
Teachers certainly are supposed to have emotion.. not sure were you got that from. Teachers need to have empathy and even teach empathy to students. Besides this, teaching requires creative thinking and problem solving. A million unforeseen things come up every day. You must not work in education.
May 09, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Foo (Highly likely) says
Take foreign language learning. Imagine a robot that talks with a kid, teaches new words, explains how to pronounce and corrects when mistakes are made. I have absolutely no doubt that this robot would beat current human teachers 10-0 in every possible metric you can think of. With math this is even easier, you can check Khan academy as an example of how to teach without human teachers. I think we still need human teachers for very young kids, special kids and for creating material and teaching e.g. social behavior. But a lot of things can be better taught by robots as soon as we start seriously building them. Well, the language teacher will still need better technology.
Apr 30, 2019 at 07:56 PM
Someone who works in education says
It's highly unlikely because programs like you described already exist. There are so many of them. People would rather learn from a human. When it comes to managing a classroom full of varying personalities and issues, a human is essential.
May 09, 2019 at 09:35 PM
Jack Pham says
Hands on learning is the best way of learning and remembering.
Apr 24, 2019 at 02:47 PM

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