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Will this artificial intelligence system keep your kindergarten toddlers safe?

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While China has invested an enormous amount in artificial intelligence in recent years, most video analysis systems are currently used in national security, including defence and anti-terrorism activities.


Google's AI is no smarter than a first grader, study says

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Google's AlphaGo may have unseated Ke Jie as the Go world champion but it's no smarter than a kindergartner. A study published Saturday showed Google's artificial intelligence technology scored best out of 50 systems that Chinese researchers tested against an AI scale they created, although it's still no smarter than a six year old, CNBC reported Monday. At 47.28, it's almost twice as smart as Apple's virtual assistant, Siri. AI systems have developed so quickly that it's been able to act as an assistant, take an exam and even outperform us at strategy games.


Google's AI is no smarter than a first grader, study says

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Google's AlphaGo may have unseated Ke Jie as the Go world champion this year, but the artificial intelligence behind AlphaGo is actually no smarter than a 6-year-old child. A study published Saturday showed Google's artificial intelligence technology scored best out of 50 systems that Chinese researchers tested against an AI scale they created, CNBC reported Monday. With a IQ score of 47.28, Google's AI was almost twice as smart as Apple virtual assistant Siri, which scored 23.94. The systems included Google's AI, Siri and Chinese search engine Baidu.


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.


Enrolling in Artificial Intelligence Kindergarten – CSC Blogs

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Building really intelligent machines, or so-called strong artificial intelligence (AI), is a daunting task for technology. This power of understanding (semantically) the car, rather than extracting statistical properties of pictures of cars, is the difference between strong, biological intelligence and the weak, machine intelligence of today. But strong AI organizes its knowledge in learning rules, and not in the box. Therefore, the problem of creating strong AI, is the problem of making machines learn new learning rules.


Robots and drones take over classrooms - BBC News

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Classrooms are noticeably more hi-tech these days - interactive boards, laptops and online learning plans proliferate, but has the curriculum actually changed or are children simply learning the same thing on different devices? Some argue that the education this generation of children is receiving is little different from that their parents or even their grandparents had. But, in a world where artificial intelligence and robots threaten jobs, the skills that this generation of children need to learn are likely to be radically different to the three Rs that have for so long been the mainstay of education. The BBC went along to the Bett conference in London in search of different ways of teaching and learning. A stone's throw from the Excel, where Bett is held, stands a new school that is, according to its head Geoffrey Fowler, currently little more than a Portakabin.


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Classrooms are noticeably more hi-tech these days - interactive boards, laptops and online learning plans proliferate, but has the curriculum actually changed or are children simply learning the same thing on different devices? Some argue that the education this generation of children is receiving is little different from that their parents or even their grandparents had. But, in a world where artificial intelligence and robots threaten jobs, the skills that this generation of children need to learn are likely to be radically different to the three Rs that have for so long been the mainstay of education. The BBC went along to the Bett conference in London in search of different ways of teaching and learning. A stone's throw from the Excel, where Bett is held, stands a new school that is, according to its head Geoffrey Fowler, currently little more than a Portakabin.


Software Called Aristo Can Take on High School Science Exams

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During which season of the year would a rabbit's fur be thickest? A computer program called Aristo can tell you because it read about bears growing thicker pelts during winter in a fourth-grade study guide, and it knows rabbits are mammals, too. It's studying for New York State's standard science exams. 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. The institute's CEO, Oren Etzioni, says the best way to benchmark the development of their digital offspring is to use tests designed for schoolchildren.


Brain scans may help diagnose dyslexia

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About 10 percent of the U.S. population suffers from dyslexia, a condition that makes learning to read difficult. Dyslexia is usually diagnosed around second grade, but the results of a new study from MIT could help identify those children before they even begin reading, so they can be given extra help earlier. The study, done with researchers at Boston Children's Hospital, found a correlation between poor pre-reading skills in kindergartners and the size of a brain structure that connects two language-processing areas. Previous studies have shown that in adults with poor reading skills, this structure, known as the arcuate fasciculus, is smaller and less organized than in adults who read normally. However, it was unknown if these differences cause reading difficulties or result from lack of reading experience.


Robotics tutor for primary school children

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The use of robotic tutors in primary school classrooms is one step closer according to research recently published in the open access journal Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. Dr Imbernòn Cuadrado and his co-workers at the Department of Artificial Intelligence in Madrid have developed an integrated computational architecture (ARTIE) for use with software applications in schools. "The main goal of our work was to design a system that can detect the emotional state of primary school children interacting with educational software and make pedagogic interventions with a robot tutor that can ultimately improve the learning experience," says Luis Imbernòn Cuadrado. Online educational resources are becoming increasingly common in the classroom, although they have not taken into sufficient account that the learning ability of primary school children is particularly sensitive to their emotional state. This is perhaps where robot tutors can step in to assist teachers.