Why Artificial Intelligence matters for our kids?
Note: Some of the innovators worked in more than one area, and I have removed the overlaps.
Clearly, Artificial Intelligence is a key area of focus for young innovators. If this is the case, how can we prepare our very youngest innovators – our children – to understand and use this technology?
In this article, I’ll go into some background about AI and why it matters for our children to start to understand it.
What is Artificial Intelligence?
Why AI for kids? How does AI matter for kids?
There is a pragmatic reason for teaching kids about Artificial Intelligence which is its direct bearing on employability and future career success. This is a powerful way of robot-proofing your kids, as Dr. Vivienne Ming so eloquently puts it in her TED talk.
However, a more profound reason is equipping them with the ability to understand what Artificial Intelligence is (or isn’t) capable of, and some of the basic principles behind how they operate. Some of the issues raised are profound, since exposure to Artificial Intelligence will affect children’s mental models of what intelligence is, and how it manifests. Young children in particular tend to overestimate the capabilities of AI when they encounter it.
Teaching children how A.I. works is a way to “pull back the curtain” and enable them to make more accurate critical judgements. This boosts their creativity and logical thinking capability on multiple levels.
Teaching children how Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning works is a way to “pull back the curtain” and enable them to make more accurate critical judgments. This boosts their creativity and logical thinking capability on multiple levels.
Other Advantages of knowing AI for kids
AI is gradually making its way into almost every sector, and this trend will continue in the future. To excel in any field, working knowledge of artificial intelligence and machine learning will be necessary for kids.
2. Knowing AI allows kids to understand data better
We are immersed in data. Over the last several years, the amount of data produced on a daily basis has skyrocketed, with no indication of slowing down. If children are introduced to large amounts of data from an early age, they will be able to collect, assess, and analyze information. As a result, youngsters who learn about AI and Machine Learning at an early age will have better fluency with data and be better equipped to comprehend it. To function effectively, AI and ML need a massive quantity of data. This learning about these technologies at a young age fosters data fluency and aids in better analysis and comprehension of information.
3. AI for kids boosts creativity and logical thinking capability on multiple levels
Children have a greater capacity to learn. They are more creative. Learning AI and machine learning will assist them in broadening their horizons and steering them in the correct direction. Having a tool in the arsenal, allows kids to apply their minds to real world problems and try and find innovative solutions using artificial intelligence and machine learning tools.