Artificial Intelligence (AI) is believed to be a key driver of the 4th industrial revolution that will transform the economy and reinvent the nature of our work. We will increasingly be supported by and interact with technology that is powered by Artificial Intelligence. This calls for an education that prepares us for this future.
FAIaS intends to hone the skills, both hard cognitive and soft skills, required to understand, build or interact with Artificial Intelligence. We thus consider AI, not in the narrow, purely technological sense, but in the broad sense, as it impacts many different parts of our lives. We, therefore, choose decisively for an interdisciplinary and inclusive approach that focuses not only on STEM activities but involves all school subjects and covers a broad range of aspects, including the ethical, philosophical, economic, legal, and historical. We believe that approaching a subject matter from different perspectives deepens the understanding, and creates cohesion between the learners in an intrinsically interdisciplinary field like Artificial Intelligence.
FAIaS’s ultimate goal is to improve the knowledge of artificial intelligence on children and youngsters. We break down this goal into the following high-level objectives:
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all around us and we use it everyday: spam filters, online chatbots, search engines, video games anticipating our next moves, navigation apps, rideshare apps, just to name a few.
Working with the teachers: what we have learned so far One of the FAIAS most important goals is the creation of a user-friendly handbook that introduces teachers to the world of Artificial Intelligence, sharing inspiring examples and useful tools to use in the classroom.
The why behind FAIaS digital tool The FAIaS consortium, led by the University Rey Juan Carlos, has been working on the implementation of a digital tool to facilitate the understanding of Machine Learning, one of the branches of Artificial Intelligence.
On the 26th of November, FAIAS partners organized the 1st Multiplier Event under the great coordination of partner Teatro Circo de Braga. This Impact Gathering attracted a diverse public ranging from teachers to policy makers, with the slogan: “For a better understanding of what Artificial Intelligence is and how it can be used (or misused) in education and training”.
In the last 10 years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been transforming the economy, our work methods, and pastimes in visible and invisible ways. And, we will increasingly be supported by and interact with technology that is powered by Artificial Intelligence.