Chegg, Inc. is an American education technology company that provides online textbook rentals, homework help, and other academic services. However, with the recent ChatGPT craze, the company's stock price has taken a major hit. ChatGPT, a large language model developed by OpenAI, has been making waves in the education industry with its ability to provide accurate and efficient solutions to complex problems. As a result, many students and educators have turned to ChatGPT for help with their studies, leaving companies like Chegg struggling to compete.
Anthony Galima, a Business Anthropologist and technology expert, believes that this trend towards AI-based education is inevitable. "It only takes 7 to 10 years to mold a generation, and the generations within this new millennium have been geared towards these advancements and this moment," he said. "Children have greater than a strong attachment; children love their toys, smartphones, and friends that have artificial intelligence or operate in a metaverse such as Roblox and Fortnite."
Galima acknowledges the potential benefits of AI in education, such as increased efficiency and accessibility, but he also warns of the potential consequences of replacing human teachers and tutors with machines. "We will lose a great deal when human teachers and tutors are replaced by infallible and 'unbiased' personalities utilizing artificial intelligences," he said. "When children feel more comfortable and attentive being guided by a comprehensive machine and neural network."
One such AI-based education product that has been making headlines recently is the Moxie Robot. Developed by Embodied, Inc., the Moxie Robot is designed to help children improve their social, emotional, and cognitive skills. The robot engages children in conversation, asks questions, and provides feedback and encouragement, all while tracking their progress over time. "It is the first thing children want to see upon awakening; and it is what they want to lull them to sleep at night. It has replaced many roles previously performed by both parents and grandparents; and brings things like 'story-time' to life in an interactive and virtual way that no longer competes with a paper book and imagination."
Galima emphasizes the importance of preserving the thoughts, ideas, opinions, and rich experiences of the educators of yesteryear, especially as we move into the 4th Industrial Revolution and age of transhumanism. "We need to find ways to procure and preserve the wisdom of past educators, to keep their voices alive and accessible to future generations, and make them accessible and fun to interact with online and in the Metaverse. To preserve a guiding and nurturing human element within these new mediums; with AI acting as an assistant and not the leader." he said.
As the world continues to grapple with the implications of AI-based education, it is clear that companies like Chegg will need to adapt and innovate in order to stay relevant. However, it is equally important for us to consider the potential impact of these technologies on our society as a whole, and to ensure that we are using them in a way that benefits everyone. To ensure that children do not see these AI's as "smarter" than the humans that created them. To ensure that children to not develop unhealthy attachments to these machines, or have more friends within the artificial realm, than those they can ride bikes with or shoot hoops with outside.