Hey Siri, Define Education!

By Paul Eraño V. Ladrillo

SINCE ITS CREATION IN 1956, artificial intelligence (AI) technology has undergone rapid progression. The English Oxford Living Dictionary defines AI today as “the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.” Presently, it is evident in our environment and society. Almost everything is supplemented by AI technology, from household chores, socialization, leisure, and even transportation.

            Despite this technological breakthrough, one of the sectors that are still outdated is the education system. The current system that we are in is already stagnant for more than 150 years. An article by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) tackles how the conventional “teacher at the front and students are seated” format of the education system fails to uphold the optimal learning style for each student, knowing that they learn best based on their own way of learning. This urged different institutions to create new solutions as soon as possible.

            After years of study, a new education system is formulated wherein AI technology, the Internet, and robotics are integrated—Education 4.0. According to Jisc, a UK-based digital education provider, Education 4.0 is said to be aligned with the upcoming Fourth Industrial Revolution—everything would be supplemented by the Internet and AI. The primary advantages of Education 4.0 are personalized learning, choice of education tools, and project-based learning.

            Personalized learning enables students to have educational treatment based on their degree of understanding. This can help teachers determine the students’ strengths and weaknesses and guide them accordingly. Education 4.0 also lets students choose their learning tools. Technology and devices will be used based on their preferred learning technique. Project-based learning will hone their skills based on the demands of their industry. It will also teach them organizational, management, and collaborative skills.

            Education 4.0 is the catalyst to improve today’s education system. Although it would be more expensive, we can also expect a higher quality of instruction. By adapting to Education 4.0, this will significantly increase the potential of every learner, regardless of their pre-existing intellectual capabilities.

            In an era where old technologies become obsolete, it is time to upgrade the conventional way of learning and use Education 4.0 and the AI for a bright future ahead of us. After all, there is nothing wrong with a little improvement.