Artificial Intelligence (AI)

What is it?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a science that combines engineering with computer programming to create a machine that simulates how a human would think, respond or do something, such as a robot programmed to play chess, dance or carry on a conversation.

How does it work?

By studying how humans think, talk, sense and move, engineers and programmers collaborate to design machines that not only mimic human behaviour, but can also interact, learn, solve problems, and even express emotions and look like a person.

Why is it useful?

AI machines can do jobs that normally require the intelligence and problem solving abilities of a human, but are too dangerous, such as disabling bombs, working with hazardous materials and potentially even gathering research on far away planets.

What do you need to keep in mind about your child and artificial intelligence?

AI is an exciting area of computer science that also brings up ethical questions about what it means to be human, human relationships and interacting with human-like machines.

The AI community includes engineers, computer programmers, designers, speech specialists and psychologists, and is a growing field which could offer a challenging future career for your child.

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