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Is artificial intelligence the future of education? Can a machine be an effective teacher, providing empathy and context? Could AI systems tackle training students in highly interpretive areas like creative writing? In "The Trolley Solution," fiction author Shiv Ramdas explores these issues through the plight of a college writing professor pitted against a machine—and against an administration intent on cutting costs and increasing profit margins.
Read "The Trolley Solution"
Response by technology and society scholar Katina Michael
This Future Tense Fiction story is the third in a series supported by ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, as part of its work on Learning Futures and Principled Innovation. The series explores how learning experiences of all kinds will be shaped by technology and other forces in the future—and the moral, ethical, and social challenges this will entail.

On Thursday, April 1 at 5pm EST, author Shiv Ramdas and scholar of technology, policy, and society Katina Michael will discuss "The Trolley Solution" in a virtual event moderated by Punya Mishra, professor and associate dean of scholarship and innovation at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. RSVP here.

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