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AI Ain’t That Scary

By Jake Connell

What Is AI?

What do you think of when you hear the words 'artificial intelligence’? 

For many, an image of a futuristic sci-fi movie with flying cars and rogue robots may come to mind. In reality, artificial intelligence, commonly referred to as AI, is a lot less complex. 

Put simply, AI can be defined as the ability of a digital computer to perform tasks associated with intelligent beings - beings that adapt to changing circumstances. A few day-to-day examples of AI in action includes the selection of videos that appear on your social media feed, facial recognition used by smartphones, and the quickest route suggested to you by your navigation app.

A Common Misconception?

A common misconception about AI is that it will eliminate jobs, rendering humans obsolete. People often think that by automating tasks currently performed by a human, AI will replace the human. 

Instead, we think of AI as a beneficial tool in the workplace that coexists with humans to help us complete tasks more efficiently. Instead of automation, AI creates augmentation. By automating some tedious tasks, humans can be more productive in others.

The use of imaging AI in the healthcare industry is a perfect example of this: AI is used to accurately diagnose patients, allowing doctors to focus more of their time developing optimal treatment plans instead. 

AI In Education?

In addition to healthcare, education is an industry that benefits hugely from developments in AI. According to a report about artificial intelligence in education, global AI usage in education is expected to have an annual growth rate of 45% from 2022 to 2027.  

Today, teachers don’t just teach. Much of their time is spent evaluating homework, grading tests, making progress reports, and finding resources for future lessons. AI has the potential to automate many of these tasks, saving teachers time without harming student outcomes.

Whether it's algebra, calculus, geometry, or trigonometry, math software can be useful for teachers and students alike. AI software can be used in the math classroom to bring a lesson to life - creating unique ways to visualize information taught. With more interesting ways to learn math, students are more likely to stay engaged and enjoy learning math. Ultimately, this results in improved retention of fundamental math concepts. 

At Renota, we use AI grading software to seamlessly automate grading for teachers - running diagnoses on each student’s work to accurately identify their mistakes. By alleviating the current burden of grading homework, teachers can now spend more time to efficiently develop feedback for their students.  

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