Integrating Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence into Pre-University Education
Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies are rapidly generating new possibilities for all industries. For instance, it is now possible to automatically generate subtitles for videos, enabling people with hearing loss to use video chat tools that were previously unavailable to them, with little cost. However these technologies can also be used for more nefarious purposes. For example, automating the generation of malicious online social media content used to undermine democratic processes. The contrast between these two use cases of the same technologies is a perfect illustration of how new ML and AI technologies are having a huge impact on our lives, often in ways that raise a lot of technological, legal, ethical and societal issues. Our current and future pre-University students will grow up in a world where these technologies are commonplace, and they will develop the next generation of these technologies. It is important that they not only understand how they work, but also are equipped to make informed judgements about what technologies they want in their lives and society, and how they would like to use them. This work will expose a wider and more diverse audience to ML and AI tools such as analytics, speech recognition, and natural language processing; by developing materials and strategies for their use across a range of disciplines, building opportunities for students and teachers to see these tools in action and become involved in their design and application. This work also has a secondary aim to improve diversity in computer science education. The research questions that this project will address will include: • What are the current opinions of Irish second level students on what ML and AI should be used? • What are the best ways to engage with Irish second level students on the topic of ML and AI?