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From the feedback around the web, it’s clear that teachers are struggling with how to use, and not get abused by AI. Lot’s happening here!
Also, if you’re planning a banger on your next trip, you may want to find a new place to stay!
Let’s dig in.
How AI is being used in schools across the US
Back in July, we wrote in our industry series about the early uses of AI in the classroom. As with most things in AI, things have progressed quickly since then! 😅
While there are no schools that are completely replacing teachers with AI, there are schools that are experimenting in different ways. For example, Carnegie Learning has created a tool called MATHia, which uses AI to provide students with individualized math instruction for middle and high school students and teachers. The program is being used in over 1,000 schools in the United States, and it has been shown to improve student achievement in math.
One of the most unique examples of AI “replacing” teachers in schools is a private school in Texas called Alpha. According to the school’s co-founder “We don’t have teachers….what we do have is a lot of adults who are in the room engaging with these kids, working as coaches.” At Alpha, the kids start day by taking classic school lessons like social studies, and science, but in a highly personalized AI tutor platform. Then, the “coaches” are focused on “Limitless Life Skills” for the remaining 6 hours. We all need life skills, so I’ll be really curious to see how this unfolds! 🤓
In addition to these programs, there are also a number of great non-profit organizations that offer AI programs for K-12 students.
Code.org is a non-profit organization that offers free computer science and AI education to K-12 students.
Khan Academy is a well-known non-profit organization that offers free educational resources, including AI courses such as machine learning and computer vision.
AI4ALL is a US-based nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in AI education, research, development, and policy.
While it is unlikely that AI will completely replace teachers in the near future, it is clear that AI will play a significant role in education. AI can be used to personalize instruction, provide feedback, and automate tasks, which can free up teachers to focus on more important things, such as building relationships with their students and providing them with emotional support, allowing teachers to work their true magic in shaping our future.
To party 🥳 or not to party 😐️ ?
As of 2022, Airbnb was valued at over $109 billion, which is over 3x that of Hilton 👀 . One of the biggest reasons for Airbnb’s success is that guests get to experience great houses in towns all over the world. But let’s just say, some guests have enjoyed these houses a little too much. House parties have long been a problem for Airbnb and hosts, and have contributed to massive damage and lawsuits for both.
In 2019, Airbnb introduced a global party ban and several restrictions which helped to reduce parties by 55%. But now, they’re looking to tamp down these liabilities even more.
Airbnb is turning to a new AI component that is designed to identify bookings that are at a high risk of being parties. The system considers several factors, including
length of the stay
distance between the guest’s home and the listing
time of year
If the AI doesn’t like what it sees, it will automatically block the booking. Of course, the guest will be able to contact customer support about the decision, but the hope is that it takes the guesswork out of the hands of the host.
For instance, a host receives a booking from someone who lives in the same town, for 1 night, on New Year’s Eve…. 👎️ NOT GONNA HAPPEN 👎️
If this new system can prevent house parties, not only will Airbnb mitigate their own risks, but hosts and neighbors alike can sleep easier knowing the bachelor party that’s just looking for a “chill weekend with the boys” is for real.
The introduction of this AI system is a significant step forward for Airbnb, and the industry in general. As somebody who lives in a heavy tourist town, I’m all for keeping the party downtown and our neighborhoods quiet.
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