Teachers and Instructors, All Other


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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Johann says
Many parts of learning can be automated, or helped by databases, and already are with computers. However, learning will simply and inevitably suffer without humans, both teachers and peers. Students cannot be expected to learn without a human authority guiding and answering questions, many of which can't even be comprehended by robots. Students also need to learn to work with other humans, and develop in a stimulating environment. There's just a human component of our lives that can't be replaced. Getting rid of human teachers is like getting rid of human mothers, it can possibly be accomplished, but it would defeat the purpose.
Aug 06, 2020 at 07:46 PM
Grace (Small chance) says
Robots cannot develop strong social and emotional skills and character qualities.
Jul 06, 2020 at 05:26 AM
Kyle (No chance) says
Wow, I'm pretty shocked that so many people think the job of a teacher will be displaced by AI because teachers "just transfer information to children." What a ridiculously narrow conception of teaching. For instance, how are students supposed to develop social-emotional skills without interacting with other people? By the way, those on here claiming that online teaching is a comparable substitute for in-person teaching should ask the students who've been using online learning since COVID started how that's been going (it's been an utter disaster).
Jun 24, 2020 at 07:06 AM
Peter Paul says
Machines have the possibility to malfunction (unlike humans' technical error) and cant be immediately fixed or corrected unless reprogrammed.. Once robots make glitches, they may provide incorrect information or worse harm the students, we cant tell.. Humans despite of being imperfect can do teaching way better than machines..
Jun 13, 2020 at 08:30 AM
Daniel Rodd says
Traditional teachers are going bye bye in 2020! Instructional Designers, Curriculum Developers, Neuroscientists and UX/UI Designers however have a bright future ahead, know the difference
Jun 05, 2020 at 01:54 PM
Howard (Likely) says
The AI will uses more of game setting and teaching with feed back. Students will complete the games and retain the lessons.
Jun 03, 2020 at 01:19 AM
Anett Barta (Could go either way) says
I think teaching is already authomatized in some type of way(teachers are now using online places to teach-especially in karanten). Also students will become more and more independent if it comes to learning, they will not need a human person to guide them. There might be tests that measure students capabilities and knowledge, and the curriculum would be chosen for them by artificial intelligence for each of them separately. Their ratings also would be chosen according to how much they improved and not how they performed according to other students.
May 21, 2020 at 09:27 AM
TokyosNotFarEnough says
AI lacks EQ and the likelihood of ever being able to program that is nil.
May 13, 2020 at 09:13 PM
Student (No chance) says
I think it's highly unlikely. Teachers teach social skills as well as information. Without teachers it would be quite dull. Plus there are so many situations that could happen during school, students can be troublesome. At least there should be a teacher supervising.
May 06, 2020 at 10:34 AM
High School Student says
It offends me that people think we don't need teachers. They are so obviously important in the way we become better people.
Apr 21, 2020 at 03:48 PM
MOHAN KRISHNA S (Small chance) says
Teaching involves emotion and connect with the students which may not be possible through artificial intelligence.
Apr 19, 2020 at 10:20 AM
Andrea Belvie Ann Etienne (No chance) says
If this were to happen it is highly unlikely I would be still employed to experience such transition due to my age group
Apr 10, 2020 at 08:27 PM
A person (No chance) says
I think that technology will continue to make teaching overall more efficient and effective (although there will continue to be outliers), but that teaching won't become automated. It requires a kind of intricate and somewhat innate social/psychological literacy that algorithms just don't have.
Apr 05, 2020 at 04:49 PM
AsIfItsJustAboutAParticularJob-you are all idiots says
Easier to learn from an AI only if you fare really well on the antisocial spectrum.

Those who will get eliminated are mean teachers whose feedback is not worth getting the flak. In which case teaching will even become a higher paid job, if done by a human. A luxury, if you will. Sad, really.

Think about how it's going to be, when you go to a mall and the cashier is a robot, or you just order it and the delivery is by a robot. You do not go to the theaters because the movies come to you and the people in the movies are not even real, they are just perfected animations, with humans as CGI effects themselves. That you go to a concert and the performer is a robot and you listen to music at home and again, the music you listen to, including the vocals, is that of a robot with just huge database.

From art to teaching to a hair salon to whatever gathering, I want to see a human, look in the eyes of a human, be with humans.

Never think it is OK to let the big business grind whatever job as long as it's not yours that gets discarded, rather than taking a stance against monopolies. If you have failed to learn not to do this, looking back on our shared history as the human kind, then indeed, come what may, we truly deserve this and I won't mind getting discarded somewhere along the game as long as I know you sure will too, and you will unless you're among the top 1%. I just hate to picture these God-complexed tycoons, banksters, etc getting themselves upgraded with advanced bionics and integrating such tech to what population's left of their global massacre, only to have them bewilder at these more upgraded "humans" who they as the plebs "owe" their history and existence to (one that's totally rewritten) and since these masters look like "elves" (insert whatever difference in aesthetics and power) they also must be their "gods". Relatives of chimps destroying their fellow humans just so their psychopathic brains can enjoy some permanent virtual reality where they have any eradciated any evidence of the fact that they are some mortal species on earth and that belong to earth, and not vice versa.

Think of the immersion technique in language learning. For a century you all have been subsumed by the banksters' culture and lies, telling you what freedom is (the freedom to profit at the expense of someone else's life, health, etc)
You should have read Karl Marx from Karl Marx himself. Or Ricardo or Keynes. But you should have read Karl Marx rather than relying on what FED owning banksters have told you for a century through their media, academia, entertainment... You think you know about the iron curtain when you have failed to realize you've been living in some bubble.

The answer to this is communism. And no, you cannot make any argument about what people deserve, how talented, hardworking etc they are, before you haven't introduced them to the same type of nurture from their birth on. It's all a huge Markov chain only because you cannot predict it, not because it's not bound to happen.

You cannot call yourselves human and like to think you are any different from your distant cousins just because you have better processors in the intellectual department, and then be a social Darwinist. Darwin told us how nature worked. How pathetic is it to transfer the concept into human civilization and actually endorse Darwinism within civilizations that you have boasted as being refined, transcending, etc. Is this all we can do with the intellect we have? Bwahaha.
Individualism at this level - you are being dealt a hand that you've dealt others, mobbing, bullying, taking out the weaker chimp, only to have yourselves taken out next. As long as your game is on taking out, you are bound to fail. To sustain a game of power and takingoutbecauseyoucan, all of you are disposable in varying degrees. As long as you consent to this game, then let humans destroy themselves and look up to their criminal future manmade "gods" in awe. A state is for all the people, wtf is a billionaire and its companies that owe their status to informed speculation and systematic robbing for? Idiots. Millions, no billions of idiots. Watch China obliterate all the virus unleashed its way, while you keep dying at home because you couldn't afford pete knows what and your freedom and human rights touting state owned by lobbies couldn't give it to you.
Apr 03, 2020 at 05:29 AM
Michael charles (Highly likely) says
Schools will be fully operated by AI SOON
Mar 30, 2020 at 11:01 PM
Walter (Likely) says
The rise of online courses and websites like Khan Academy will definitely put a dent in this profession. I suspect at least 50% of the people employed in this profession will be impacted by AI in someway. I would not get too comfortable in this profession.
Mar 24, 2020 at 01:43 AM
GOATAGAMNG("U!(£!"£ (Highly likely) says
Because automated robots will be able to advance further and teach in a much more efficient manner
Mar 09, 2020 at 10:21 AM
Mr. Hoffmann says
As a teacher, I do recognize there is some room for automation. Such as in practice work where adaptive learning is taken over by AI as well as focus monitoring to better improve equity in crafting lessons based on percentage based applied learning styles. But the sociability of the classroom and the autonomy opportunities as well as modelling societal norms would be harder to replace in the next 20 years.
Mar 06, 2020 at 05:05 PM
Noone especially says
Computers assess you better, without saying you are e.g. old, black, whatever, so you can't understand maths. Computers just tell you knowledge, you apply it, and they evaluate you fairly. No one will blame you and you can be sure that whatever is in the assessment, will be because of your knowledge and not other reasons.
Feb 26, 2020 at 09:39 PM
Howl (Likely) says
I learn things better on the internet than from some teachers.
Feb 19, 2020 at 04:53 PM
Elle says
If this is for 1 direction teaching...maybe yes.
If for two way interaction teaching and adjust content base on each student's style or personal, then human is better.

Teaching is something to human not to object.
I still prefer classroom study and of course physical room better than Cyber video one.
Feb 19, 2020 at 02:16 AM
Austin (Could go either way) says
I think that it depends on how the students prefer, for reasons like teacher could make mistakes while robots may not but in another way robots don't have emotions like actual human.
Feb 06, 2020 at 07:06 AM
jona1991 says
Magic moments are given by an appropriate relation between teacher and students. Self-learning can be most appropriate to adult population.
Jan 30, 2020 at 03:12 AM
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
Johann says
Investing in education, which will be necessary to fill future, non-robotic jobs, is not a dilemma, it's a priority.
Aug 06, 2020 at 07:48 PM
ABC (No chance) says
I think that virtual learning will become more prevalent but AI is nowhere near where it needs to be in terms of emotional intelligence. Especially when we talk about students with disabilities that effect their ability to express those emotions.
Aug 07, 2020 at 11:10 PM
Jakub (Highly likely) says
In China robots teach children
Jan 03, 2020 at 06:58 PM
额 says
Hello, I am Chinese. What you said is true. We have initially used artificial intelligence as a teacher and sold it everywhere on the Internet
Aug 04, 2020 at 05:17 AM
额 says
But this is only an aid. It is still the teacher who really teaches, because the robot has no feelings
Aug 04, 2020 at 05:22 AM
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
Can says
Came for this gem... wasn't dissappointed ^^
Jun 25, 2020 at 08:43 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
Brainticket says
Teaching is not merely tranferring information. It also involves consolidation and critical thinking. These two aspects cannot be taught by robots/AI.
Apr 06, 2020 at 09:22 AM
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
Woody (Likely) says
Already teach English to Chinese kids on the computer..
Mar 09, 2020 at 01:45 PM
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
Barta Anett says
ugh,i cant believe someone let you to teach..you just proved Sandesh's point.teachers are usually pretty dumb and are just using kids to because they are exhibiocionist narcissistic a-holes(as you are,too).we should save kids from people like you,i hope your job wil be taken soon by a computer
May 21, 2020 at 09:33 AM
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
Howl says
But what happens when they are people who can't teach? When they waste the time of the students so much that the students stop listening then go to websites to learn.
Feb 19, 2020 at 04:57 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
Johann says
Sounds like your parents didn't have emotion either.
Aug 06, 2020 at 07:49 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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