Will Robots Replace our Teachers?

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As most of you already know, robots could potentially replace human jobs altogether. Once robots get more advanced, they could even mark your homework!

This advancement means teacher robots could one day run our classes and totally replace your school’s teaching staff! According to a recent BBC report, ‘artificial intelligence has become an increasingly big issue for education – not least because many tech companies and publishers are circling around the huge commercial opportunities’.

At this current time, robots can already get the answer to jokes, so who knows what they could get the answer to next? Dr Tarek Besold, an expert in robotics, has said that they have already not only made games that can get the answer to jokes, but also robots that can create jokes! Meaning robots cannot only follow programmed algorithms, but they can also have a spark of creativity!

But can robots really replace humans? Dr Tarek Besold also said that a human who is good at chess is likely to be good at draughts as well, whereas if a robot could play chess, as it is a different game, it would struggle at draughts. So although they do have a small amount of creativity, they could not completely take our place.

“Are we really saying that accountants, lawyers and managers can all be replaced by artificial intelligence – but not teachers?” said an unconvinced Donald Clark, who is a professor at Derby University,

So, as we look to the future, should humans’ jobs be replaced with artificial intelligence? Is this a good idea or would it leave humans with nothing to do?


Charlie, Year 6

Burgh School

3 Responses to Will Robots Replace our Teachers?

  1. Will December 15, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Brilliant article Charlie- really interesting one to read! I am not personally too keen on robots replacing teachers, however I could live with a robot that does my homework!

  2. amira December 15, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Amazing article, Charlie. I had no idea about this development. It was a really interesting article to read; I hope that you write more like this!

  3. admin December 19, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Great article Charlie, hopefully robots will only take the boring repetitive jobs. I know robots and artificial intelligence have come a long way in recent years but I don’t really see them replacing teachers, surely they do not have the skills needed to interact properly with students. If for example a student hurt themselves or was worried about something in their home life I’m not sure a robot would be able to deal with the situation properly?

    Thought provoking piece though Charlie, well done.

    YJA Co-editor