What is AI?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that deals with the creation of intelligent agents, which are systems that can reason, learn, and act autonomously. AI research has been highly successful in developing effective techniques for solving a wide range of problems, from game playing to medical diagnosis.
One way to understand AI is to think about it as a way to teach computers to do things that they wouldn't normally be able to do. For example, you could teach a computer to play chess by giving it a set of rules and then letting it learn from its mistakes. Over time, the computer would become better at playing chess, even if you didn't give it any new information.
AI is being used in a wide range of applications today, including:
- Self-driving cars
- Medical diagnosis
- Fraud detection
- Product recommendations
- Voice assistants
- Machine translation
AI is a rapidly developing field, and new applications are being developed all the time. AI has the potential to revolutionize many industries and aspects of our lives.
Here is a great analogy on how this works:
Imagine a computer as a student. You can teach the student to do things by giving it instructions and examples. For example, you could teach the student to multiply numbers by showing it how to do it on a calculator.
Over time, the student will learn from its mistakes and become better at multiplying numbers. Eventually, the student will be able to multiply numbers without you even having to help it.
AI is similar. It is a way to teach computers to do things by giving them data and examples. Over time, the computer will learn from the data and become better at doing the task.
For example, you could teach a computer to recognize objects in images by showing it a large dataset of images with labels. The computer would learn to associate the labels with the objects in the images. Over time, the computer would be able to recognize objects in new images without you having to label them.
AI is a powerful tool that can be used to solve a wide range of problems. It is important to understand how AI works so that we can use it responsibly and ethically.
What does AI look like at Westside?
Westside Community Schools is on the forefront of the issues of AI in education. We've proactively engaged with our community, including experts at UNO to help develop guiding principles for the use of AI in the classroom.
Our guiding principles are:
- Clarity and Transparency in its use
- Be open and acknowledge the pitfalls
- Used to support learning, not replace learning
- Be safe and conscious about data privacy and security
Want more detail? Check out the link below to download a copy of the presentation shared with our community on November 7th.
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