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Intel Develops AI to Detect Emotional States of Students

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Sinem Aslan, a research scientist at Intel who helped develop the technology, says the main objective is to improve one-on-one teaching sessions by allowing the teacher to react in real-time to each student's state of mind (nudging them in whatever direct

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An artificial intelligence (AI) software solution developed by Intel and Classroom Technologies to identify students' emotional states is generating controversy in the context of ethics and privacy.

The technology, incorporated into Classroom Technologies’ Class software product, can classify students' body language and facial expressions whenever digital classes are conducted through Zoom.

The software inputs students' video streams into the AI engine alongside contextual, real-time data that enables it to identify students' level of comprehension of subject matter.

Intel's Sinem Aslan said the main goal is to improve one-on-one teaching by allowing educators to respond in real time to each student's emotional state.

Among the software's caveats is that the act of labeling emotional states into easy-to-grasp categories invites error.

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