Even your academic advisor might one day be a robot

Professor Satinder Baveja (center) discusses data drawn from undergraduate students’ schedules in order to predict the courses they will take in the following semester. University of Michigan Communications We Google things we’re too lazy to remember or ask another human. We’ve become accustomed to asking Siri and Cortana about the weather. The current generation of artificial intelligence can pull facts from the web, keep track of your appointments and even crack jokes. What if there were a virtual assistant to help you make real-life decisions, like whether you should start a brewery or go to business school? Project Sapphire, a collaboration between IBM and the University of Michigan, is aimed at building an artificially intelligent academic advisor that guides undergraduate students through their course options, helps pick extracurricular activities and…


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