Students enrolled in the university’s top CS50 course will be introduced to the AI professor in September.
Harvard University plans to use an AI chatbot similar to ChatGPT as an instructor in the coding course. Students enrolled in the Computer Science 50: An Introduction to Computer Science (CS50) program will be encouraged to use the artificial intelligence engine when classes begin in September.
AI teachers will likely be based on OpenAI’s GPT 3.5 or GPT 4 models, according to course instructors. “We hope that, through AI, we will eventually be able to achieve a 1:1 teacher:student ratio for every CS50 student, by giving them software tools, 24/ 7, that can support their learning at a pace and in a style that works best for them personally,” said CS50 Professor David Malan at Harvard Crimson. “Delivering tailored support for specific student questions has long been a large-scale challenge through edX and OpenCourseWare in general, with so many students online, so these features will bring benefits to students on and off campus.”
Professor Malan said the AI teaching robot would give feedback to students, help them find bugs in the code, or give feedback on their own work. Its arrival comes amid a spike in the popularity of AI tools, with OpenAI’s ChatGPT becoming the fastest-growing app of all time since its launch in November 2022.
Chatbots reached 100 million active users within two months of launch, wowing users with their ability to perform a wide range of tasks – from writing poetry and essays to generating computer code.
Other AI tools launched since then to compete with ChatGPT include Google’s Bard, which has similar capabilities to its rival. A recent update to Bard has allowed him to not only write code but run it himself, which Google says allows him to solve problems at a much deeper level than world AI systems can. current system. AI accuracy and “hallucinations” remain a serious problem with such technology, Google warns that Bard is “not always right” despite the upgrade. “But the tools will only get better with feedback from students and teachers,” he said. “So they will also be an integral part of the process.”