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3 Lessons for Education from AMII AI Week

If Artificial Intelligence (AI) is impacting automation in the workplace then it is important to stay on top of research trends to know what skills we need to be focused on in Education. NUITEQ participated in the 2022 AMII AI Week in Edmonton, Canada and we wanted to share three main takeaways that impact education.

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Responsible Artificial Intelligence

While the AMII AI Week showcased exciting industry innovations and research advances, it also hosted sessions on Responsible and Ethical AI that are being developed in parallel. 

Professor Richard Sutton, one of the founders of reinforcement learning said that while recent advances in large language models such as the General Pre-Trained Transformer (GPT-3) have received significant press, we need to be clear about what AI can and cannot do. 

A session on Responsible AI listed 4 focus areas: 

  • Explainability and predictability: How easy is it for a non-technical person to understand how AI works. 
  • Fairness and bias: How do we know what biases are present in the AI system and how is fairness impacted by this bias?
  • Privacy and security: What data does the AI model use and can that data be stolen or manipulated? 
  • System Operations: What checks are in place to monitor for bias and data security?   

Many companies want responsible AI because they know that this is table stakes and reduces liabilities for companies themselves. Schools can explore ethical questions related to technology. 

Learn more about Natural Language Processing in the linked NUITEQ Snowflake lesson.  

Alona Fyshe and Dr Ed

Photo: Professor Alona Fyshe and Dr. Edward Tse 

AI Rights and Regulations

As governments increasingly seek to regulate AI systems, companies expect that bias is tested in AI decision-making systems. During the AI and government session, we learned that governments are seeking ways to give citizens more access and control over their data rights. 

The portrayal of intelligent decision-making in AI systems should not deter citizens from learning more about the data that is collected and how it is used. If an AI system is biased it will tend to repeat mistakes in predictable ways. Critical thinking 

Learn about industry changes in this NUITEQ Snowflake lesson on the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Ian Hargreaves and Dr Ed

Photo: Alberta Treasury Branch Data Fellow Ian Hargreaves and Dr. Edward Tse

AI Curriculum

Teachers expressed how challenging it can be to teach about artificial intelligence given the pace of change in the industry. School districts are partnering with the industry to share new career insights with students. If the industry is responding to shifts in technology, these Q&A sessions help students know the skills that they should invest in today. 

One recurring theme during the AI Curriculum panel was that technology instruction needs to start with the interests of learners. Working with new technology will often mean a lot of trial and error, and it is the student’s interests that will help motivate them to keep trying.  

Explore NUITEQ Snowflake lesson activities on digital citizenship.

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We are excited about the potential of Canada to play an important role in the creation and maintenance of ethical and responsible AI systems. By understanding more about Ai, students can position themselves for the careers that interest them the most.

Learn more about NUITEQ Snowflake at Snowflake.live