Kids teach AI a little humanity with Cognimates


(music) One of the questions we have in front of
us for our future society is who can actually make things with AI? Who decides
how it’s applied to benefit society? We show children how a robot sees the world.
How does it learn to recognize objects? How does it know to recognize words? Student: “Are
you a potato?” We also allow them to be able to teach a robot or a computer. I’m
going to give you ten examples of images and then you’re gonna learn what a
gesture is. So every interaction you have with it, it’s kind of like a conversation.
So you are having this learning companion, this Cognimate, that is learning
with you and teaching you at the same time. Student: So we were programming robots.
Student 2: You could play rock, paper, scissors. You did rock, paper, scissors into the camera
and on shoot you did one of the motions, and the camera did one of the motions,
and it’s like rock, paper, scissors, shoot. The computer gets better as you play
the game, because like us, we might not know everything at first but if we keep
trying we get better. everyone has heard about like machine based learning or artificial intelligence, and there was a sort of no questions asked for a lot of
the more tech-savvy parents – was like “go for it” Technology is gonna be a huge
part of their lives, much more so than my life. If it’s scary for some people, this
AI technology, I totally get it, but as a parent and as a teacher, I thought it was
really important because these are skills that 21st century kids need to have. When they understand this idea of a feedback loop that the more information
you give to a machine or a robot, the better it becomes… Student: Hey Jibo,
how smart are you? Stefania:… it really allows them to understand how machine learning and AI
is different than just coding, so I think this is a very powerful paradigm for
children, so they understand that when they have an Alexa at home or smart
assistant, everything they do, the way they talk to it, gets fed into the
algorithm so the machine is actually reacting to them. Right now we don’t have basic AI literacy. We don’t know what k12 AI education should look like, so we have the
opportunity to really shape that. At the Media Lab we
believe that should be done in a hands-on way, children should work as
part of groups and community, they should be able to share ideas, and they should
feel empowered by tools that allow them to build real projects that matter to
them. When my dad was young he bought a car and took apart to see how it
worked. So you teach people that young how these things that grown-ups mostly
program, how it works. you

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