Do more for real intelligence | 为真人智慧加油

The word AI (artificial intelligence) is everywhere these days. Some of the best young minds are pouring into the field, and industry need is so dire that graduate schools can hardly keep PhD students until graduation.

In the craze of the artificial, real intelligence seems to have been forgotten. Here, the word “real intelligence” means intelligence from real human being.
American k-12 education continues to go downhill regardless of funding, more and more homeless people in New York City are begging in the streets (many are young and able), and millions of prime age citizens are not looking for work where many jobs are left unfilled.
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Meet Sophia – a “snobbish” robot | 嫌贫爱富的机器人

The video below shows a “confident looking” Sophia who tells the audience that she is always happy around smart people especially if they are rich and powerful. “She” is awarded citizenship by the Saudi King. To think logically I know it is just a gesture for valuing advanced AI technology, and that whatever she says has been programmed to a great extend by the humans behind the scene.
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What is IBM’s Watson technology & Bluemix

Watson is a question answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language, developed in IBM’s DeepQA project by a research team led by principal investigator David Ferrucci. Watson was named after IBM’s first CEO, industrialist Thomas J. Watson.
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What is IBM Bluemix?
IBM Bluemix is a cloud platform as a service (PaaS) developed by IBM. It supports several programming languages and services as well as integrated DevOps to build, run, deploy and manage applications on the cloud. Bluemix is based on Cloud Foundry open technology and runs on SoftLayer infrastructure.

What does AI mean for education

https://www.inside.com.tw/2017/01/11/ai-startups-the-10-truths

Very interesting read.  My takeaways are:

  1. Unlike app startup which can cost almost nothing, AI startup is very expensive: from equipment, data to AI scientists.
  2. AI can take away many jobs (including doctors) sooner than we expected.  We think what is slowing it down is regulations (such as privacy).

So, what should we change in education so that kids are not going into fields that are going to be replaced by AI? How can we better prepare our children for the future that is deeply and broadly mined by big data and AI?