Nadine Rebekah Angelique Fandialan

Above all the lessons taught from the beginning of time — down from the age of stone to the age of technology — there is one that simply remains a mystery…

Perfection is something that all humans strive to reach; It is the quality of being the best, reaching a point of satisfaction, and being the enemy of irregularity.

And yet, somehow, it will always be the most impossible to achieve. 

Humans make several attempts to attain perfection: they teach their children how to do it, they build schools that would preach it, and they create computers that will hopefully achieve it so that learners of the new generation can lavish life sans mystery.

There may be no perfect human, but can there be a perfect machinery to achieve such perfection?

In the digital age, the emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is inevitable. A kind of technology capable of learning and following instructions, with the power to create unambiguous production of ideas. This comes in the form of algorithms in the arch engine, marketplace advertising, and speech recognition systems (such as Siri and Alexa). 

They provide the information a human user needs by surfing through the vast expanse of the internet, diving for ideas, and fishing for the correct details people need. A good helper, they are.

Also, maps and navigation, chatbots, and even text editors (in the form of autocorrect) are some of the most encountered AIs in daily life. These AIs follow strict rules, obey clear commands, and generate what a human operator orders. With all the sets of codes and guidelines technology must learn, one might think that technological software is the epitome of perfection — but it is not.

With years of coding and engineering, modern-day technology can visualize a futuristic world where humans and computers live comfortably. The need for perfection isn't necessary when you can live with ease.

The new generation of users is growing in the era of advanced technology. How do human educators keep up with the traditional learning system amidst the abundance of artificially generated school work?

What would happen if learners become dependent on what technology does for them? 

In a classroom scenario, for example, creating an idea and generating it into an output is usually difficult if a person has little interest in pushing mental effort. There would be questions: 'What does my instructor expect me to do?' or 'What does this have to do with the real world?' Hating essays will not get the work done, but that doesn't mean a learner won't do something to finish it either.

The essence of motivation will drag the desire for perfection in performance. Yet, a digitally-motivated mind would think technology is incapable of errors, thus, relying on computers to do a job.

A job by technology that would certainly do the work just right but not wrong enough to be perfect.

That great job-doer would be ChatGPT, which is a vast digital language model made by OpenAI and was based on GPT-3.5. With the help of this model, users can have dialogues with an Artificial Intelligence that may seem like a response from a human. 

Another feature of this is Reinforcement Learning with Human Feedback (RLHF), which aids ChatGPT in complying with instructions and formulating replies that can be deemed satisfactory among its users. 

Accessing AI software is within reach of young learners. The essence of perfection becomes vanity when a grading system fights with eloquence and advanced technology. With internet connectivity at home and search engines on the go, hiring Artificial Intelligence is only one click away. 

A step back from letting AI do all the work may help analyze a better output, but the world of learning and education may find itself trapped between the world of modern and traditional processing. 

'Human touch' takes place in proofreading and fact-checking. Rectify the inconsistency. Redirect the miscalculation. Because Artificial Intelligence did not exist for humans to be lazy in the field that they were meant to dominate in the first place. 

There is no such thing as perfection. Even if a product is made by machinery that holds the combined intelligence of a billion numerical studies — like any other program, it will still be heavily flawed without any human intervention.

The beginning of perfection is learning where the mistakes start. Correct it, and try not to lose yourself in the delusional process of 'perfect technology.' 

In the developing stages of enlightenment, where seeking for the ideal output is inevitable, AI is proof that technology can meet the expectations and needs of humans. It generates outputs that require the insights of a person. It can also explore statistics, follow orders, and direct sections. 

Then again, these advancements will not happen without the logistics of a personality in creating a work based on the personal expression of collected thoughts. Needing assistance from a digital creation is not a bad idea if and only if it is aimed to be of help and not the center of dependence. 

In other words, for technology to be considered perfect, it should still be tainted with humanity's flaws. If Humans will never be able to achieve perfection, neither can technology.