ERIC Number: EJ832275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Artificial Intelligence: Is the Future Now for A.I.?
T.H.E. Journal, v36 n2 p42-47 Feb 2009
In education, artificial intelligence (AI) has not made much headway. In the one area where it would seem poised to lend the most benefit--assessment--the reliance on standardized tests, intensified by the demands of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which holds schools accountable for whether students pass statewide exams, precludes its use. Standardized tests are graded consistently, with no allowance for individual student abilities or styles of learning, and no place for artificial intelligence's ability to decipher and shore up weaknesses. In this article, the author takes a look at several software developers that are making notable enhancements to their AI technology and at the schools that use these technology. An interview with Ray Kurzweil, an artificial intelligence guru whose theories about the potential of machine intelligence have generated much debate over the years, is presented. In his interview, Kurzweil talks about how AI can be useful in K-12 assessment and where he sees it's going in a few years from now.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Standardized Tests, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Assisted Testing, Educational Technology, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Educational Trends
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001