Come 2017, and AI—or at least the buzz about it—is everywhere. Whether you’ve encountered it as machine learning, natural language processing, or image recognition, there is more and more hype about the power of AI. It’s exciting, to be sure, but for the education community, it can be difficult to pinpoint the utility and efficacy of this technology. Several reasonable questions come to mind: What exactly is it? How can we trust it? And does it address real pain points for teachers and students?