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Why Education Is the Hardest Sector of the Economy to Automate

We’ve all heard the warning cries: automation will disrupt entire industries and put millions of people out of jobs. In fact, up to 45 percent of existing jobs can be automated using current technology.

However, this may not necessarily apply to the education sector. After a detailed analysis of more than 2,000-plus work activities for more than 800 occupations, a report by McKinsey & Co states that of all the sectors examined, “…the technical feasibility of automation is lowest in education.” There is no doubt that technological trends will have a powerful impact on global education, both by improving the overall experience and by increasing global access to education. Massive open online courses (MOOCs), chatbotChatbots are computer programs which were engineered to converse in spoken or written form with humans. They are usually used in dialogue systems with a limited topic range. For example, they can answer basic customer questions or help you buy the correct train ticket. tutors, and -powered lesson plans are just a few examples of the digital transformation in global education . But will robots and artificial intelligenceArtificial Intelligence knows many different definitions, but in general it can be defined as a machine completing complex tasks intelligently, meaning that it mirrors human intelligence and evolves with time. ever fully replace teachers?

The Most Difficult Sector to Automate

While various tasks revolving around education—like administrative tasks or facilities maintenance—are open to automation, teaching itself is not. Effective education involves more than just transfer of information from a teacher to a student. Good teaching requires complex social interactions and adaptation to the individual student’s needs. An effective teacher is not just responsive to each student’s strengths and weaknesses, but is also empathetic towards the student’s state of mind.

It’s about maximizing human potential

Furthermore, students don’t just rely on effective teachers to teach them the course material, but also as a source of life guidance and career mentorship. Deep and meaningful human interaction is crucial and is something that is very difficult, if not impossible, to automate.
Automating teaching is an example of a task that would require artificial general intelligence (as opposed to narrow or specific intelligence). In other words, this is the kind of task that would require an that understands natural human language, can be empathetic towards emotions, plan, strategize and make impactful decisions under unpredictable circumstances. This would be the kind of machine that can do anything a human can do, and it doesn’t exist—at least, not yet. […]

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