AI education has a human face


Some of the winners pose with Sophia (right), the world's first robot citizen.

Following the World Artificial Intelligence Conference, some students and parents saw for themselves how AI can empower education at an speech contest over the weekend.

At the competition organized by online education platform vipJr, contestants were not only assessed by judges but also an AI system provided by Ping An Technology. Screens on site showed the score of each speaker after his or her performance with comments.

Six students in two age groups were selected for the final round, when Sophia, an android developed by Hanson Robotics and granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia, assigned topics for the speeches. She listened to the contestants carefully and commented on their performance.

Kevin Lai of iTutorGroup, parent company of vipJr, said the competition showed how AI can provide an individualized teaching and learning experience.

“With help from AI, teachers can better understand how well each student has done, assign homework and prepare for later teaching,” he said.

Source: SHINE Editor: Yang Meiping

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