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February 29, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Steve Wozniak says AI cannot replace human element that teachers provide

His comments came during a visit to High Point University where he serves as an Innovator-in-Residence.

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, who serves as High Point University’s (HPU) Innovator-in-Residence, told a group of students from the Stout School of Education that he believes artificial intelligence (AI) lacks the human element that teachers bring to the classroom.

As reported in this WRAL TechWire article, Wozniak offered his opinions about AI and shared his passion for teaching during an hour-long seminar that kicked off his latest visit to HPU and came during a particularly eventful time for the university. The University welcomed Wozniak and Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph, HPU’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, to campus as part of its “2024 Innovation Summit” where they mentored students during their visit and helped HPU celebrate its centennial anniversary, which will continue throughout the year.

Speaking to a large audience that included local educators and community members, Wozniak said the role of teachers is to inspire their students, encourage them to think critically and be a friend when needed. He said AI cannot replicate that.

“We’ll have to include AI in our lives, and it’s just another one of these many steps. It never diminishes the human, though,” Wozniak said. “The human, I think, should always be more important than the technology. Put a lot of work into the technology to make it work in human ways rather than the human putting work into figuring out how the technology works.”

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