Experts tell us many jobs will be done by robots instead of by humans. When? Very soon. It’s already begun. Bank tellers have been replaced to a large degree by ATMs and soon even financial analysts will see their jobs go to artificial intelligence. Most finance firms already use AI to make stock predictions at a fraction of the cost of doing it with humans.
The discovery part of a lawyer’s job can be handled by AIs dozens of times faster, thousands of financial reports are already written by AIs today, medical diagnostics can be done with expert systems 30 times faster than by human doctors and these diagnostics are 99% accurate.
We’ll be exploring teaching in the Robot Age and its many corollaries in future articles but for now let’s jump in right away and have your students consider a practical application with ethical consequences you can debate in French class: Driverless cars and the need they will have to make moral judgements in emergency situations.
Planet French takes a look at scenarios in which a car with failed brakes must “decide” on different behaviours, each choice loaded with consequences. How would your students, as the car’s programmers, code the car to behave?
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