Rishi Sunak was speaking at London Tech Week, where figures from the likes of Microsoft and Google have gathered to discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities presented by technology like AI.
Artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to provide “personalised learning” to children at school, the prime minister has said.
Rishi Sunak said education was one of the public services he was most excited about AI‘s potential to transform, adding it could “reduce teachers’ workloads” by assisting with lesson planning and marking.
He said the potential for the technology to provide “personalised learning for each individual” was “so powerful”, comparing it to the impact of having a tutor.
It comes as schools and universities grapple with how to manage the rapid development of AI, which is becoming increasingly powerful and accessible.
Last month, headteachers warned large language systems like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard were developing “far too quickly” and guidance on how classrooms should adapt wasn’t keeping up.
These models are trained on huge amounts of data, so they can understand and respond to prompts. They have generated everything from convincing essays to speeches, and some schools and universities in other countries have already banned them.