ADELPHI, MD - FEBRUARY 04: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama tours a seventh grade classroom that uses technology to enhance students' learning experience, prior to delivering remarks on the ConnectED Initiative at Buck Lodge Middle School February 4, 2014 in Adelphi, Maryland. Virtual reality and artificial intelligence (AI) are becoming powerful tools needed to revolutionize education. Experts suggest the use of technology, with the integration of the ever-evolving cyber tools, will unify education and research environment and network. Despite the threat of artificial intelligence to rise up against humans and destroy humanity within decades, AI continues to prove its usefulness to mankind. Recently, artificial intelligence makes headlines for having a potential to provide solutions to various global issues such as poaching, illegal logging, cyber-\attacks, in aiding cancer diagnosis and in education.
During her freshman year, Stephanie Tena, a 16-year-old programmer, was searching the internet for coding programs and came across a website for an organization called AI4All, which runs an artificial-intelligence summer camp for high-schoolers. On the site, a group of girls her age were gathered around an autonomous car in front of the iconic arches of Stanford's campus. "AI will change the world," the text read. Tena thought maybe she could. She lives in a trailer park in California's Salinas Valley; her mom, a Mexican immigrant from Michoacán, picks strawberries in the nearby fields.*
Live call-in discussion: As artificial intelligence continues to develop, concerns grow about its invasive nature and reach. How much are we willing to cede to the machines, and what effect will that have on our lives? The Vermont House recently passed a bill that would create an AI commission to address these subjects. John Quinn, the state's digital services secretary, and Burlington Rep. Brian Cina discuss these issues and what the proposed commission would address. We also hear from Milo Cress, a Champlain Valley Union High School student, who played an important role in the House passage of the bill which would create the commission.
Things are about to get interesting. You've likely heard that Google's DeepMind recently beat the world's best Go player. But in far more practical and pervasive ways, artificial intelligence (AI) is creeping into every aspect of life--every screen you view, every search, every purchase, and every customer service contact.
Cuban was in conversation with Charlie Kirk, the 24-year-old founder of Turning Point USA, a right-wing non-profit organization aimed at promoting conservative political ideas among high school students. Cuban does not identify as Republican or Democrat: "I don't belong to any political party and I never will," Cuban told Kirk. Amid a wide-ranging debate about what the scope of government should be, Cuban argued that the government should be involved in funding artificial intelligence research. In November, the billionaire warned that the United States should not allow countries like China and Russia to pull ahead in terms of developing artificial intelligence. China's government has said publicly it plans to be the global leader in artificial intelligence by 2030 and Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, "the one who becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world."