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How do we develop AI education in schools? A panel discussion - Raspberry Pi


AI is a broad and rapidly developing field of technology. Our goal is to make sure all young people have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to use and create AI systems. So what should AI education in schools look like? To hear a range of insights into this, we organised a panel discussion as part of our seminar series on AI and data science education, which we co-host with The Alan Turing Institute. You can also watch the recording below.

AI can translate normal written text to code


There are two key considerations when it comes to coding, Greg Brockman, the chief technology officer and co-founder of AI research company OpenAI, told The Verge. Part one is thinking about the problem, Brockman said, and really understanding it. The second part is figuring out how to solve that problem, using code. It's this second aspect that OpenAI's new system, called Codex, hopes to make easier, faster, and more accessible. Codex can go from text to code, taking commands written in plain English and bringing them to life.

Bill Gates: Here are five books I loved reading this year


Each year, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates publishes a list of his top holiday reading books, which reveal something about how he's looking at the world and the problems he wants to solve. This year, his entry opens with a reflection on conversations about science fiction novels he once had with his friend and Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, who died in 2018. "When I was a kid, I was obsessed with science fiction. Paul Allen and I would spend countless hours discussing Isaac Asimov's original Foundation trilogy," recalls Gates. SEE: What is digital transformation?

Indonesia Urges Artificial Intelligence to Boost Education


Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, Nadiem Makarim has called for the simultaneous development of artificial intelligence and character intelligence on the part of its users and creators. The minister emphasised that artificial intelligence has been in development for at least two decades and is now a part of people's daily lives in the country. Administrative duties, which are typically a burden for lecturers during the accreditation application process, can now be facilitated using technology. Education will also become more personal as students will be able to develop themselves based on their interests and skills. Makarim encouraged students to develop not only their general intelligence but also their character to face future challenges.

Computational Thinking for Professionals

Communications of the ACM

Computational thinking, a K–12 education movement begun in 2006, has defined a curriculum to teach basic computing in pre-college schools. It has been dramatically more successful than prior computer literacy or fluency movements at convincing K–12 school teachers and boards to adopt a computer curriculum. Learning problem-solving with algorithms is seen widely as valuable for students. Hundreds of CT initiatives have blossomed around the world. By 2010, the movement settled on a definition of CT that can be paraphrased as "Designing computations that get computers to do jobs for us."

Electrochemistry, from batteries to brains


The members of her lab study fuel cells, which convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity (and water). They study electrolyzers, which go the other way, using electricity to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen. They even study computers that attempt to mimic the way the brain processes information in learning. What brings all this together in her lab is the electrochemistry of ionic-electronic oxides and their interfaces. "It may seem like we've been contributing to different technologies," says Yildiz, MIT's Breene M. Kerr (1951) Professor in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, who was recently named a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Geoff Johnson: Artificial intelligence can never replace classroom teachers


My earliest recollection about the crossroads between artificial intelligence and classroom education was my Grade 12 math teacher, who, good man that he was, did not seem to understand calculus any better than we, his non-math-oriented students, did. Despite this, "Father Bert," as we called him, always managed to engage the interest of a classroom full of rugby-playing surfers. Computers that duplicated some aspects of human intelligence? Neither he nor we knew about the fact that calculus would play such an important role in the development of what came to be called artificial intelligence and the kind of small laptop computer on which this article is being written. Artificial intelligence is the apparent simulation by machines of human intelligence processes.

Yes, DeepMind crunches the numbers – but is it really a magic bullet? John Naughton

The Guardian

The most interesting development of the week had nothing to do with Facebook or even Google losing its appeal against a €2.4bn fine from the European commission for abusing its monopoly of search to the detriment of competitors to its shopping service. The bigger deal was that DeepMind, a London-based offshoot of Google (or, to be precise, its holding company, Alphabet) was moving into the pharmaceutical business via a new company called Isomorphic Labs, the goal of which is grandly described as "reimagining the entire drug discovery process from first principles with an AI-first approach". Since they're interested in first principles, let us first clarify that reference to AI. What it means in this context is not anything that is artificially intelligent, but simply machine learning, a technology of which DeepMind is an acknowledged master. AI has become a classic example of Orwellian newspeak adopted by the tech industry to sanitise a data-gobbling, energy-intensive technology that, like most things digital, has both socially useful and dystopian applications.

HUAWEI IdeaHub Series Upgrade to Accelerate Smart Classroom and Smart Office Experience


Huawei launched the IdeaHub Board Edu, a brand-new model from its Intelligent Collaboration product series. Announced during an online forum broadcast around the world, the new product is designed to support the digitalization of education and office. It features a range of upgraded functions including a smart whiteboard and wireless projection that ease the transition from off- to online collaboration. HUAWEI IdeaHub Board series plays an important role in facilitating digital education. It meets institutions' needs to create digital and collaborative classrooms, and offer hybrid learning.