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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.


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.



IBM Watson's new job: third grade math teacher advisor • LiketheFuture

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Now, it's also helping teachers make lesson plans by powering Teacher Advisor, a program IBM developed with the American Federation of Teachers. If you're thinking "How hard could a grade school lesson plan be?" Well, have you seen Common Core mathematics? Watson's Teacher Advisor can help them create exercises and lessons to make it easier for kids to grasp Common Core math.


IBM Watson's new job: third grade math teacher

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IBM's famous supercomputer has accomplished many, many things these past years, from making movie trailers to saving a person's life. Now, it's also helping teachers make lesson plans by powering Teacher Advisor, a program IBM developed with the American Federation of Teachers. If you're thinking "How hard could a grade school lesson plan be?" Well, have you seen Common Core mathematics? It's not the same math from back in the day, and teachers who didn't grow up with it might have a tough time conjuring up a way to make it more understandable. Watson's Teacher Advisor can help them create exercises and lessons to make it easier for kids to grasp Common Core math.


Building a chatbot that's smarter than a fifth grader

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Humans have been interested in building intelligent computer systems since the beginning of computing technology. There's something both interesting and strange about mimicking the function of a human brain that we feel the need to explore -- how crazy is it to build a machine that can beat out the human brain in a game of chess?


Is A.I. Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? No. Nor a Fourth Grader. - Seattle Weekly

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Every day in Seattle, Aristo takes a mostly multiple-choice fourth-grade science test. Aristo has been taking these tests since 2013, learning from mistakes and filling in knowledge gaps, but has yet to pass one. It's the thinking part that's hard.