March 27, 2024
Indian High School Employs Generative AI Teacher, Iris

Indian High School Employs Generative AI Teacher, “Iris”

In a pioneering move, a high school in Kerala, India, has ushered in the era of artificial intelligence (AI) education by appointing an AI teacher named Iris. The KTCT Higher Secondary School in Thiruvananthapuram has taken a bold step by introducing an AI humanoid teacher, equipped with an Intel processor and a dedicated coprocessor.

Developed in collaboration with e-learning provider Makerlabs as part of the Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) project by NITI Aayog, the Indian government agency, Iris stands out as a groundbreaking addition to the educational landscape. This AI teacher, designed with generative AI capabilities, aims to provide personalized education to students, addressing individual needs and preferences.

Iris is not merely a technological marvel but a multilingual conversationalist, proficient in three languages. The humanoid teacher is programmed to respond to intricate queries, fostering an interactive and dynamic learning environment. Makerlabs emphasizes Iris’s role in empowering educators to deliver lessons that are not only engaging but also tailored to each student’s unique requirements.

As the integration of AI in education progresses, concerns about the potential threat to traditional industries have surfaced. The fear of AI encroaching upon sectors such as coding, videography, and writing has grown with technological advancements. However, the KTCT Higher Secondary School’s bold move to embrace AI in the form of Iris indicates a proactive approach to leveraging technology for educational enrichment.

Amid this transformative development, the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued a recent advisory, underscoring the need for government approval before the public release of new lab-level AI tools. The advisory, dated March 1, particularly targets AI tools deemed “unreliable” or still in a trial phase, urging developers to label such tools for their potential to provide inaccurate answers.

“Availability to the users on Indian Internet must be done so with explicit permission of the Government of India.”

This advisory follows criticisms directed at Google and its AI tool Gemini by one of India’s top ministers. The concerns raised included allegations of inaccurate or biased responses, including one asserting that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was characterized by some as a fascist. As India navigates the evolving landscape of AI integration, regulatory measures aim to ensure the responsible development and deployment of AI technologies.

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