The future of K-12 public education is…Deepfake teachers.
First what the heck is “deepfake”? Definition: “an image or recording that has been convincingly altered and manipulated to misrepresent someone as doing or saying something that was not actually done or said” “Deepfake (a portmanteau of “deep learning” and “fake”) is a technique for human image synthesis based on artificial intelligence(A.I). It is used to combine and superimpose (Photoshop/Edit) existing images and videos onto source images or videos using a machine learning technique called a “generative adversarial network” (GAN). The phrase “deepfake” was coined in 2017. Because of these capabilities, deepfakes have been used to create fake celebrity pornographic videos or revenge porn. Deepfakes can also be used to create fake news and malicious hoaxes.”
You’ve seen some movies and shows that contain deepfakes…have you recognized them? Here’s just one of many articles showing how “deepfakes” have and are being used: https://www.thinkautomation.com/bots-and-ai/yes-positive-deepfake-examples-exist/
Now, I want you to look at how “deepfakes” can be put to use in K-12 education…
We know that teachers are critically important in delivering quality education. Students “bond” with early teachers. Some students like male teachers, some women teachers and others may care less about gender and focus more on personality, voice and other factors. We believe that students preferences change over time. Some students like strong signals while others like a softer tone. Being able to customize a teacher to each student based on their personal needs and preferences as they age might be considered desirable.
So, when children start school we’ll do some testing and assessment and gather information about how each student learns, what keeps their attention, what type of personality and gender teacher they respond best to and use that information to construct an AI (Artificial Intelligence) teacher for each student ( = Deepfake). The teachers looks like a real person (deepfake), speaks with a voice best suited to the student and adjusts over time as the AI learns more about the student and identifies ways to improve absorption of information. The image and voice and interactions are so real the student accepts the AI as a real person and bonds with them. (Note: The same teacher could progress with them and even “age” if desired or a new “deepfake” teacher could be created each school year). Let’s coin a new term: DFAIT (Deepfake Artificial Intelligence Teacher).
How would this work?
- Each student would have a desk with a computer monitor (with a camera so the AI can see the micro expressions of the student and “read” them); a keyboard, a mouse (or ePen or other instrument) Here’s a proposed example of a pod workstation for multiple students:
- Each student could have a bracelet they put on when they sit down at their desk which monitors blood pressure, pulse, temperature and other factors and communicates those to the “deepfake” teacher/AI (so a school nurse could be notified if the temp was too high?) so adjustments to instruction could be made as needed. When they go to leave school they put the bracelet back in their desk (it beeps if they are wearing it when they go to leave the school grounds). Here’s an example of existing work: OR
- Each student has a headset/mic so they can easily communicate with the “deepfake teacher” (note: there would be an AI “Aid” physically in the room to deal with any physical issues and needs)
- The “deepfake teachers” image shows on the screen along with the lesson content. Each student sees their own special instructor and gets delivery at a complexity level and speed best matched to the students needs each day and as needs change during the day.
Phase II: Virtual reality. Once students are accustomed to Phase I tech they move to Phase II – Virtual Reality (VR). This way the student is totally immersed visually and auditoritavely. The outside environment, noises and distractions fade away. The student is in their own virtual learning world with their DFAIT. This also reduces illness transfer and improves safety. No long will students get in fights or get too close and transfer germs. Health costs will decline.
But wait…there’s more. There could be an “APP” for kids smartphones for when they are not in the classroom. They “AI” could receive calls from students as needed. Why not use real world learning to get credit in class?
The AI teacher would also become the students councilor and guide in case the student wasn’t comfortable with talking with their parents. The information/learnings the AI had with each student could be used to supplement the testing done to further refine the AI Teacher (AIT) so improve results even more. The AIT could gain the trust and confidence of the student to help the student even more.
What would the advantages be?
- Teachers get sick – the customized “deepfake” doesn’t
- The cost of a teacher can easily run in excess of $100,000 per year. If a class has 20 students that’s $2mm/year
- Customized education fitting exactly what each student needs. Any nationality, religious background, language…everything custom to each student
- Uniformity of education anywhere. This type of system could be used everywhere. No more variation in teachers…only the best
- The DFAIT never gets angry, never goes on vacation and is always there
- The initial cost might be high but the savings over time are substantial
- It might be considered impersonal by some
- Some reduction in person-to-person interaction and loss of interpersonal skills by the students
Why public schools and not private?
- Public schools need to accept everyone. As such they have a wide range of student needs that they need to be able to adapt to
- Taxpayers are going, at some point in time, to demand better results and lower costs
- People sending their children to private schools expect smaller class sizes and a more personal approach to instruction
- Equity and equality proponents will demand it
What say you? Is this the future of K-12 education you want? What would you add or change? Share your thoughts. The future is coming….