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Apparently, Teaching Is the Profession Most at Risk From AI

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The evolution of AI could cost human teachers their jobs.

Throughout history, the introduction of revolutionary technologies has often led to concerns about job losses.

The advent of AI, particularly generative AI, has reignited these fears.

  • Is AI coming for my job?
  • What jobs will be lost due to AI?
  • How long will it take until I lose my job?

According to Google Trends, these belong to the most googled questions in regard to AI.

A few days ago, I talked to a marketing friend of mine about the future of our industry.

I shared with him my take on ChatGPT and that it can become a helpful partner and change the way we work as marketers.

Instead of seeing it as an enemy, we could see it as an assistant or thought partner who can enhance the way we work.

He was skeptical and told me about a new paper called “How will Language Modelers like ChatGPT Affect Occupations and Industries?”.

It’s written by a group of professors from New York University (NYU), Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn).

Researchers found the jobs that are most vulnerable to AI

Yikes! Marketing experts are on the list. They rank in place 75.

To give you another example: software developers such as my husband rank 141.

But a teacher is the profession most likely to be replaced.

In fact, as a result of the improving technologies especially teachers are at high risk to be replaced.

“We find that the top occupations exposed to language modeling include (…) a variety of post-secondary teachers such as English language and literature, foreign language and literature, and history teachers,” the paper states.

You don’t believe me. See it for yourself.

Here are the 20 most exposed professions:

“The result was an AI Occupational Exposure score,” one of the researchers called Rob Seamans shared on Twitter, “which we call AIOE.”

The higher the AIOE, the greater the chance that automation takes over.

I highlighted teachers and found out 14 they claimed 14 of the 20 top spots; screenshot from the paper: How will Language Modelers like ChatGPT Affect Occupations and Industries?
I highlighted teachers and found out 14 they claimed 14 of the 20 top spots; screenshot from the paper: How will Language Modelers like ChatGPT Affect Occupations and Industries?

In fact, teachers claimed 14 of the top 20 spots.

Can AI really replace teachers in the near future?

I know a lot of great human teachers but I also know a lot of really bad ones.

I guess a lot of folks do.

In theory, human teachers provide social interaction, emotional support, and empathy, which are crucial elements in fostering a healthy learning environment.

They can understand the individual needs of students, adapt their teaching styles accordingly, and offer personal guidance that AI cannot replicate.

As of today, AI lacks the human qualities that are essential to a comprehensive and nurturing educational experience.

However, ChatGPT is a really sophisticated, nice, and encouraging bot to talk to and learn with and from.

I could imagine that some pupils and students would rather learn with a chatbot than with a real human teacher.

Nevertheless, I think AI is unlikely to completely replace human teachers in the foreseeable future.

Bottom Line

Jobs that are most vulnerable to AI are typically those that involve repetitive, routine, and predictable tasks.

Although according to the paper, human teachers are the career most at risk to AI, teachers are vital in cultivating critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills in students — which are not easily taught by AI yet.

They can also inspire and motivate students through their passion and dedication to their subjects.

Nevertheless, let’s conclude with Bill Gates’ take on the current state of AI:

“(…) we should keep in mind that we’re only at the beginning of what AI can accomplish. Whatever limitations it has today will be gone before we know it.”

We should keep in mind that sophisticated AI is a reality and will get better very fast. Who knows what the future brings?

What do you think will the future hold for teachers and education?

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