Pupils pon­der AI fu­ture

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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

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