AI is: technologies which are capable of performing tasks as well as, if not better than, humans.
What do you picture when you think of artificial intelligence? Human-like robots? That’s definitely what movies and books lead us to believe.
Artificial intelligence is a weighty term, but really it’s just a replication (artificial) of the way humans learn (intelligent).
In reality, we’re still a ways off from the humanoid robots. There are two types of artificial intelligence – or, AI to be brief: Weak AI and Strong AI.
Strong AI is what comes to mind when you picture the artificially intelligent future: sentient robots.
Weak AI is the type you already come across everyday. It can do single tasks humans can do (but not all of them) – think of Siri, or Netflix.
How CENTURY uses AI: CENTURY uses AI to learn how people learn and deliver them a personalised education, unlike regular online learning platforms that provide the same experience to each student. If a learning system were to provide a unique path for each student without AI, it would require a programmer to write an infinite number of scenarios to account for each student’s unique needs.
CENTURY is able to make predictions about a student and set their recommended learning path due to Machine Learning, a way of achieving artificial intelligence, which uses a large amount of data and a basic set of algorithms to teach itself to draw new conclusions.
This allows it to address the variable needs of each learner, without a programmer (or a teacher) having to try to imagine every possible scenario.
This ability is so meaningful because it results in quick, agile feedback. We don’t have to manually make exceptions or adjustments to account for each user. It means we can get closer than ever to truly personalised education.