Pupils ponder AI future
Primary school students presented their thoughts, concerns and hopes for artificial intelligence in our world at the CEIA, Cork’s Technology Network HAL programme. Inspired by the movie
where HAL is a robot that ultimately takes control of the spaceship from humans, the initiative aims to stimulate discussion in school about artificial intelligence and deep learning, as well as the controls and information inputted into devices and computers in people’s daily lives.
“With devices like Alexa Echo, Apple HomePod and SmartLock in our homes, the ‘intelligent personal assistant’ SIRI and Google in our pockets, we have to become more aware that we are giving devices an incredible amount of personal data and control to machines,” said Valerie Cowman, chair of the skills and education committee of the CEIA. “Our young people are growing up where this is normal practice and more and more common.”
Students from Ballintemple National School, Scoil Phadraig Naofa and Scoil Náisiunta Barra Naofa Bhuach, among others, showcased their AI projects having completed this year’s HAL programme. CEIA provides an online resource kit for teachers of fifth and sixth class students which initiates discussion firstly around HAL in Space Odyssey but then more widely and deeply about technology on a macro and micro level, from our society to our homes and the ethical consideration for the future.
Loaise O’Herlihy and Giacomo Cammoranesi, both Ballintemple NS, taking part in the CEIA — Cork’s Technology Network ‘HAL’ programme. Picture: Gerard McCarthy