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When the Teaching Assistant Is a Robot

Faculty members experiment with artificial intelligence in the classroom

Dustin Chambers for The Chronicle

Ashok Goel, a computer-science professor at Georgia Tech, is surrounded by his teaching assistants, including "Jill Watson" (on the screen), a question-answering software program.
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Last spring, Ashok K. Goel pulled off one of the great pranks in the history of artificial intelligence. In an online course, Mr. Goel, a computer-science professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, relied on nine teaching assistants, including...

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