With many players involved, the avenues for using artificial intelligence in education are interesting in many ways.
L‘artificial intelligence (AI), once the subject of people’s imaginations and the main plot of science fiction films, is now becoming a reality. More than that, this technology is playing a major role in transforming industries all over the world. Healthcare, finance, logistics, and automotive are just a few of the industries that are reaping the benefits of AI. Education, in particular, has long promised several fields of application for the uses of this data science.
According to Market Research Engine, global AI in the education market will reach $ 5.80 billion by 2025 and an annual growth rate of 45%. In a study on the contribution of AI to education, Microsoft notes that “The world of education is one of the few not yet have experienced its digital revolution. The contribution of artificial intelligence in education would first of all make it possible to personalize learning according to the needs and skills of the students. For teachers, it can be the automation of repetitive tasks that have little added value in order to free up time and better prepare lessons ”.
Unesco, for its part, published the Beijing Consensus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Education, the first document offering advice and recommendations on the best ways to harness AI technologies for the realization of of the Education 2030 Agenda.
“The systematic integration of AI into education can help address some of today’s biggest challenges in education, innovate in teaching and learning practices, and ultimately accelerate progress.” the achievement of SDG 4 ”, pennyline the Consensus.
Morocco leads the African peloton
In Morocco, as elsewhere, a good number of organizations are intensifying the exploratory phases of projects and research carried out by artificial intelligence. First, there is the Al Khawarizmi program, of which 50 million DH has been mobilized by the Ministry of National Education, in partnership with the Ministry of Industry.
As for high performance computing (HPC), the SuperComputer “Toubkal”, developed in partnership with the University of Cambridge, offers an estimated capacity of 3 million billion operations per second, or 3.5 petaflops, which allows the Kingdom to occupy the 1st African place in terms of computing power .
And then, quite recently, the Euromed University of Fez (UEMF) and the Organization of the Islamic World for Education, Sciences and Culture (ICESCO) unveiled the creation of a new university chair entitled “Woman in Science”, dedicated to research & innovation in the field of artificial intelligence.
To this is also added the memorandum of understanding signed by the OFEED association, a player in the innovation ecosystem in Morocco, and the American initiative PQAI (Patent Quality through Artificial Intelligence) to support inventors with technologies. of artificial intelligence.
These initiatives reinforce inclusion and diversity in artificial intelligence more particularly, a field that has today become a lever for development and progress in several sectors of activity. It must be said that all the ingredients are there to take the turn of artificial intelligence in order to bridge the gap that separates Morocco from the pioneering countries.