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A robot will never be able to comfort a tearful student

Artificial intelligence has a big role to play in easing workload – but it cannot replace teachers in the classroom, writes Armand Doucet

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Technology can be used to perform a huge range of tasks to assist teachers – but could teachers be replaced by robots?

The unprecedented pace of technological change is likely to sweep away many jobs. According to a University of Oxford study, almost half of US jobs are at risk of automation in the next 20 years. That’s not to say technology doesn’t bring benefits – not least in the classroom. An artificial intelligence could write personalised textbooks, learn a curriculum and adapt presentations for each student. It could be a translator for immigrant students. Sensory technology could track ...

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