, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 47–54 | Cite as

AI and education: the importance of teacher and student relations

  • Alex GuilhermeEmail author
Original Article


A defining aspect of our modern age is our tenacious belief in technology in all walks of life, not least in education. It could be argued that this infatuation with technology or ‘techno-philia’ in education has had a deep impact in the classroom changing the relationship between teacher and student, as well as between students; that is, these relations have become increasingly more I–It than I–Thou based because the capacity to form bonds, the level of connectedness between teacher and students, and between students has either decreased or become impaired by the increasing technologisation of education. Running parallel to this and perhaps exacerbating the problem is the so-called process of ‘learnification’, which understands that teachers are mere facilitators of the learning process, rather than someone with an expertise who has something to teach others. In this article, I first assess the current technologisation of education and the impact it has had in relations within the classroom; second, I characterise Buber’s I–It and I–Thou relations and its implications for education; finally, I investigate through a thought experiment if the development of AI could 1 day successfully replace human teachers in the classroom.


Martin Buber Teacher–student relations Learnification Techno-philia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Postgraduate Programme in Education, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do SulPUCRSPorto AlegreBrazil

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