Artificial intelligence has become incredibly sophisticated recently. As Manuel Perez noted, “China recently launched an artificial intelligence (AI) news anchor. Will CSULB have AI faculty and staff to providing instruction and support services by 2030?”
The concern around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and it’s impact on everything from future of work and automation to computational propaganda and influencing elections, is raising a lot of questions around what AI can and should be used for. And depending on where you stand AI can appear as a welcome support, or an existential threat.
From the student side, AI could become a “study buddy” as player Emily Colville suggested. And make student customer service more effective and easier.
AI might make moving around campus seamless. Paul Quezada suggests using facial recognition to help with student identification to access buildings, checkout books and facilitate proctored exams.
But when you explore AI from the faculty perspective, the future can feel very different. On the one hand
On a positive note, using AIs to support student day-to-day needs, could free up time for faculty to focus on research and more qualitative communication with students, as noted by Tangan Gao.
But, some question the quality of using AIs to support learning (instead of qualified teachers). Ming Gu brings up that we might lose our communication channels with professors and classmates and Adam is wondering how AIs would affect peer reviews and fact checking.
And of course we also need to consider how AI would impact the pay of faculty and staff.
There are still a lot of questions to sort out and risks to take into account when it comes to incorporating AI systems in schools. But the interest and curiosity remains around the endless possibilities of utilizing these emerging technologies to help bring value and support to CSULB in 2030.