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Machine Learning for Middle Schoolers--Stephen Wolfram Blog

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So the question now is: can one teach the core concepts of modern machine learning even to middle schoolers? The first thing I discuss is something that doesn't really need all the fanciness of modern neural-net machine learning: it's recognizing what languages text fragments are from: Kids (and other people) can sort of imagine (or discuss in a classroom) how something like this might work--looking words up in dictionaries, etc. Suffice it to say that after discussing explicitly trained functions like TextRecognize and ImageIdentify, I start discussing "unsupervised learning", and things like clustering in feature space. Wolfram Notebook system that lets us put all these pieces together--all these pieces are critical to making it possible to bring modern machine learning to people like middle schoolers.


IBM Watson's Chief Architect Talks Democratizing AI, Starting With Fifth Graders (EdSurge News)

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The mission to make AI consumable is the reason Puri spends his free time coaching a group of fifth-grade girls in Westchester, New York, for the First Lego League robotics competition. "You can put the device on the side of a building, and when it detects motion, it takes a picture," Puri explains, "If the picture is a bird, it identifies the bird species and sends it to Watson. His other daughter, a 10th grader, spends a lot of time studying the intersections of biology and AI. But to get more students on board, Puri thinks educators should engage students with the "fun" applications of AI, before bogging them down with equations.


Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li Want to Liberate AI from "Guys With Hoodies"

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From the chair next to her, Melinda Gates affirms this, adding, "If we don't get women and people of color at the table -- real technologists doing the real work -- we will bias systems. I sat down with Gates and Li last week at Stanford University to talk about how to make AI research more appealing to women, why hoodies shouldn't be tech's status symbol, and what it takes to work in AI. It was a pilot program called SAILORS, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab Outreach Summer Program. AI4All is focusing on spreading a SAILORS model--the education of AI with humanistic mission to diverse students--to different campuses and companies.


Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li Want to Liberate AI from "Guys With Hoodies"

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From the chair next to her, Melinda Gates affirms this, adding, "If we don't get women and people of color at the table -- real technologists doing the real work -- we will bias systems. I sat down with Gates and Li last week at Stanford University to talk about how to make AI research more appealing to women, why hoodies shouldn't be tech's status symbol, and what it takes to work in AI. It was a pilot program called SAILORS, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab Outreach Summer Program. AI4All is focusing on spreading a SAILORS model--the education of AI with humanistic mission to diverse students--to different campuses and companies.


How To Earn Extra Through Tutoring STEM Subjects

Forbes

Tutoring STEM subjects is financially lucrative; they're in-demand skills, and kids and parents are thinking ahead to college majors. Though it depends on experience, location, and demand, it's not uncommon for STEM tutors to make anywhere from $25 to $75 an hour. Since O'Connor is knowledgeable about the industry, today she's sharing some advice about getting started in the tech tutoring space. That is most simply because a STEM-tutor typically stays with a student for the full amount of time they are working on the subject -- a full school year or even multiple years -- while SAT-prep or other type of test-prep tutors work with students for at most six months prior to a test.


How NASA's Astrobee Robot Is Bringing Useful Autonomy to the ISS

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Called SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites), these robots have spent about 600 hours participating in an enormous variety of experiments, including autonomous formation flying, navigation and mapping, and running programs written by middle school students in team competitions. But beyond serving as a scientific platform, SPHERES weren't designed to do anything especially practical in terms of assisting the astronauts or flight controllers, and it's time for a new generation of robotic free fliers that's fancier, more versatile, and will be a big help for the humans on the ISS. From the beginning, Astrobee was intended to be much more than a successor to SPHERES: It's a completely new platform, designed from scratch to operate autonomously and safely on board the ISS. Astrobee's computing system has three layers of processors inside: one low level, one mid level, and one high level.


How Artificial Intelligence Will Invade Classrooms

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No, she's not wielding a crystal ball; instead, she has AI-powered software to study your child's learning habits and social interactions through a combination of cognitive modeling and machine learning. "Essentially, we're talking about the same sorts of systems that beat the best poker players in the world … being repurposed to understand high school students," says Ming, explaining how they will help today's pupils build better futures. From AI systems that warn when and where a student will struggle to intelligent personalized tutors, here's a glimpse of education's future. What AI can do in a high school context is … finally focus on the core of any high school experience -- coming to understand your emotions and your relationship to your world; coming to understand metacognition, your own thought processes; and being able to self-assess and structure your plans.


This iPhone App Can Do Your Kid's Homework

TIME

It can handle high school and middle school coursework. And if you thought learning grade school math was hard, try teaching it to a computer. Just like a teenager, the artificial intelligence backing Socratic began by learning algebra. To see how well Socratic worked, I had a high school junior scan some of his math homework with the app.


87.02.04: Science Fiction and the Future

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The Talented and Gifted Program (TAG) in New Haven is a comprehensive kindergarten through twelfth grade program that has a different format for each of its four components. The 4-7 program, upon which this paper focuses, is comprised of three resource rooms in three different schools in the city. The 4-7 TAG resource rooms provide an enrichment, rather than strictly accelerated, program. Guest speakers who are experts in related fields are frequent visitors to the resource rooms.


Software Called Aristo Can Take on High School Science Exams

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Aristo is being developed by researchers at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle, who want to give machines a measure of common sense about the world. You can see Aristo answer selected fourth-grade questions at the Allen Institute website. "What's difficult for humans is very different from what's difficult for machines," says Davis, who also works on giving software common sense. Etzioni counters that although school test questions don't directly test very basic common sense, they require it implicitly, because it is needed to interpret the questions.