One of the TAs in an Artificial Intelligence Class Was Actually an A.I.

IBM’s Watson has long served as a splashy representative for the venerable computing company, starring in commercials with the likes of Carrie Fisher and trouncing human stars at Jeopardy! Now, however, A.I. researchers at Georgia Tech have found a subtler application for Watson’s capabilities, using them to simulate a teaching assistant for a large master’s-level course. What’s more, they did so without alerting the students in the class. Fittingly, the class in question was Ashok Goel’s Knowledge Based Artificial Intelligence, which aims to help students learn “to build AI agents capable of human-level intelligence and gain insights into human cognition.” As Melissa Korn reports in the Wall Street Journal, the class’ 300-some students “typically post 10,000 messages a semester” to an online message board—more than the course’s human TAs can…


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