Jill Watson, Round Three

Jill Watson, Round Three

Published By: Georgia Tech News Center, 1/9/2017

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Georgia Technical University is working on ways to improve Jill Watson, an artificial intelligence system that fills the role of a virtual teaching assistant. The goal of this project is to increase efficiency of online student assistance.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level of Article: 9.4

Extended Discussion Questions

  • How does the testing of Jill Watson demonstrate human participation in a computational problem-solving process?
  • The article mentions that Professor Ashok Goel told his students some of the teaching assistants were human and some were not.
    • What are are some characteristics of a human teaching assistant that a virtual teaching assistant cannot replicate?
    • What are are some characteristics of a virtual teaching assistant that a human teaching assistant cannot replicate ?

Relating This Story to the CSP Curriculum Framework

Global Impact Learning Objectives:

  • LO 7.1.1 Explain how computing innovations affect communication, interaction, and cognition.
  • LO 7.1.2 Explain how people participate in a problem-solving process that scales.
  • LO 7.2.1 Explain how computing has impacted innovations in other fields.

Global Impact Essential Knowledge:

  • EK 7.2.1G Advances in computing as an enabling technology have generated and increased the creativity in other fields.

Other CSP Big Ideas:

  • Idea 1 Creativity

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