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Forget about the Terminator Already: AI Education for All


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Keynote at the 1st AI Day Finland, December 13, 2017
by Teemu Roos, University of Helsinki
twitter: @teemu_roos

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Forget about the Terminator Already: AI Education for All

  1. 1. Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta FORGET ABOUT THE TERMINATOR ALREADY AI EDUCATION FOR ALL Teemu Roos 13.12.2017AI Day / Teemu Roos 1 icl_researchteemu_roos
  2. 2. Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta WHY DO WE THINK AI = TERMINATOR? FOUR REASONS 1. Science fiction 2. “Uncanny valley” (i.e., psychological aversion to almost but not quite humanlike forms) 3. Click-bait media 4. Fear of the unknown 13.12.2017AI Day / Teemu Roos 2 icl_researchteemu_roos
  3. 3. Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta 1. Societal cost: Fear of AI slows down the adoption of AI solutions 2. Scientific cost: Without research funding, no world-class science 3. Industrial cost: No world-class science, no innovations 13.12.2017AI Day / Teemu Roos 3 WHY WE NEED TO CHANGE THIS icl_researchteemu_roos
  4. 4. Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta HOW WE CAN CHANGE THIS • Experts should reach out more to the public about their work • Journalists should dump their click-bait headlines • We should all be more critical about what we read and see • Most importantly: We need AI education on all levels, free for all 13.12.2017AI Day / Teemu Roos 4 icl_researchteemu_roos
  5. 5. Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta • Exponential is not enough: Exponential progress (speed) is trumped by exponential increase in problem hardness • Think of the self-improving system: yourself! • Narrow AI: Even though computers beat humans in certain tasks (arithmetics, chess, Go, ...), they are very stupid in many other ways • There is no “brain-in-a-jar” AI that learns new skills: it’s always a different system. 13.12.2017AI Day / Teemu Roos 5 LESSON 1: WHY THE TERMINATOR WILL NOT COME icl_researchteemu_roos
  6. 6. Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta 1. University education: already strong and growing • e.g., AI in Games, 2 x Deep Learning, Philosophy of AI, AI and the Law, Data Science 2. Professional training: AI Diploma training starting in Fall 2018 • both technical and non-technical (“CEO”) tracks, 12 days • plus: separate events, e.g., “AI:n perusteet” (in Finnish) March 8-9, 2018 • internships (academia ⟺ industry), thesis supervision, hackathons 3. Schools • teacher education, curriculum reforms 4. Open education for all • Open Universities (University of Helsinki & Aalto), e.g., AI course starts Jan 4th, 2018 • MOOCs 13.12.2017AI Day / Teemu Roos 6 FCAI AI & EDUCATION PROGRAM icl_researchteemu_roos
  7. 7. Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta PART I: ELEMENTS OF AI • Starting in May 2018 • three weeks, 2 credit units • philosophy and history of AI • basic concepts: search and planning, games, machine learning, neural networks, signal processing, robotics • “AI literacy” • no programming or maths skills required • free of charge 13.12.2017AI Day / Teemu Roos 7 icl_researchteemu_roos
  8. 8. Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta PART II: AI PROGRAMMING • Starting in Winter 2018-2019 • 3 credit units • theory and practice • same themes as in Elements of AI • path to becoming an AI developer • programming (Java or python) and maths required • goal: worlds’s best AI MOOCs 13.12.2017AI Day / Teemu Roos 8 icl_researchteemu_roos
  9. 9. Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta FORGET ABOUT THE TERMINATOR ALREADY AI EDUCATION FOR ALL Teemu Roos 13.12.2017AI Day / Teemu Roos 9 icl_researchteemu_roos