The goal of this project was to envision an experience 15 years in the future through AI and machine learning. My group chose the classroom as our setting and designed EDI, an AI meant to assist students in highschool and college classrooms.
Our final project was to present a slide deck walking our audience through the experience.
Within the framework of how AI/machine learning can be utilized, we brainstormed products and experiences that could utilize such technologies. From our categories, we focused on education, particularly in the classroom.
Thinking in the present, we charted a student's experience in the classroom and how they use existing technologies. In the storyboard below, we narrate a common problem that exists in the classroom:
Students, tired or not, lose focus and become lost in difficult or dry lecture settings.
We then looked at this problem 15 years in the future and how AI/machine learning technology would affect the classroom experience.
In these set of storyboards, we explored how AI would aid students in the classroom. Accounting for a student's education history and learning styles, the AI assistant would record and transcribe a teacher's lesson into a format the student is most comfortable with.
Furthermore, should a student lost focus during a particularly dry topic, eye tracking technology in your device would take note and then catch you up through a short debriefing.
This attention tracking data would then be sent to the teacher during the lesson and should a classroom's overall attention fall below a threshold, teachers could adjust their lesson accordingly.
We had to think about how the AI would connect students to one another and to the teacher. Taking inspiration from chatbots in how they try to emulate real people, we decided on this format of communication. It was much more convenient and immersive for the AI to exist in the form of SMS text messages versus in a separate app. The AI, which we now were calling EDI, would be like another friend in a student's contacts.
In iterating our experience flows, we also though about where this AI would exist. We decided to go with a wristband that would track your attention through skin capacitance technology.
To complement students' different learning preferences, whether it be taking notes by hand, by laptop, or just by listening.
To record and assist the student without providing an additional layer of distraction.