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Professor AI: Harvard Plans to Deploy ChatGPT-like Bot as Computer Science instructor

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Artist's rendering of a "Professor AI."

Harvard University plans to deploy a ChatGPT-like AI bot as an instructor in one of its computer science courses. Human professors of the course say the aim is to achieve a teacher-to-student ratio of 1:1 through the use of AI.


After taking away jobs in the IT industry, journalism and content creation, the rise of artificial intelligence is now posing a threat to the teaching profession, particularly in the field of coding.

Harvard University is at the forefront of incorporating AI into its coding program, as it plans to introduce an AI chatbot similar to ChatGPT as an instructor in its renowned Computer Science 50 course.

Making an AI-based instructor
The human instructors of the programme propose developing the AI teacher using OpenAI's advanced GPT 3.5 or GPT 4 models, showcasing Harvard's dedication to utilizing cutting-edge AI technology for educational purposes. The program is set to commence in September, and enrolled students will be encouraged to utilize this AI tool.

According to CS50 professor David Malan, the aim is to achieve a teacher-to-student ratio of 1:1 in CS50 by leveraging AI. The AI chatbot will provide students with software-based tools that can support their learning around the clock, accommodating their individual preferences and pace.

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