Here is the full text and summary of Khan Academy’s CEO Sal Khan’s TED Talk titled “How AI Could Save (Not Destroy) Education”. In this talk, Sal Khan demonstrates how AI can be used as a personal tutor to revolutionize education. He introduces the Khanmigo, an AI-powered tutor that can function as a guidance counselor, academic coach, career coach, and life coach, allowing students to engage with historical figures, collaborate with the system to improve their writing skills, and enhance their language arts and reading comprehension skills.
Listen to the audio version here:
So anyone who’s been paying attention for the last few months has been seeing headlines like this, especially in education. The thesis has been: ‘Students are going to be using ChatGPT and other forms of AI to cheat, do their assignments. They’re not going to learn. And it’s going to completely undermine education as we know it.’
Now, what I’m going to argue today is not only are there ways to mitigate all of that, if we put the right guardrails, we do the right things, we can mitigate it. But I think we’re at the cusp of using AI for probably the biggest positive transformation that education has ever seen.
And the way we’re going to do that is by giving every student on the planet an artificially intelligent but amazing personal tutor. And we’re going to give every teacher on the planet an amazing, artificially intelligent teaching assistant.
The Two Sigma Problem
And just to appreciate how big of a deal it would be to give everyone a personal tutor, I show you this clip from Benjamin Bloom’s 1984 2 sigma study, or he called it the “2 sigma problem.”