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Introduce your kids to the basics of AI

By HT School Web Desk,

AI helps in the development of quite a few essential cognitive skills.

Artificial Intelligence is a technology that enables a machine to think and learn.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a term that has made quite a prominent place in the vocabulary of today’s kids. Also, with a big push from the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 for technology empowered education and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) incorporating AI in its secondary and senior secondary curricula, this branch of Computer Science has become even more relevant in the lives of today’s kids. So, as parents, you need to help your child have a strong grasp over AI quite early on.   

What is AI?  
Artificial intelligence is a branch of computer science that aims to build smart machines equipped to perform tasks that necessitate human intelligence and abilities. To put it simply, AI is a technology that enables a machine to think and learn. From the music recommendations that we find while browsing through YouTube to GPS and buying recommendations on E-commerce sites, are all functions of AI. In fact, the feeds and suggestions that we see on our social media handles are also curated by artificial intelligence.  Smart assistants like Alexa and Siri, robots used for certain surgical procedures, search engines, video games, language translation apps and self-driving cars are some other examples of AI application in today’s world.  

How does artificial intelligence work? 
Broadly speaking, the basic functions of AI include mimicking human actions and tracking human behaviours and choices. While robots that perform surgeries imitate the actions of doctors, online recommendations and suggestions are examples of analysing human behavioural patterns.  All these help us make better decisions and carry out certain tasks faster and with better precision.  

Well, artificial intelligence has a wide-ranging variety of applications in our daily lives including those of youngsters and teenagers. But they aren’t aware of the various ways they end up using it regularly. Moreover, with the increasing importance of AI in their academic years, it is extremely essential for students to understand this technology really well. Here is a low-down on the basics of artificial intelligence for your child.  

Why should your child learn AI?  
Artificial intelligence is gradually changing the way knowledge is imparted. Moreover, it helps in the development of quite a few cognitive skills that are not only essential for learning but also necessary for successful transition into the global workforce, which is  majorly influenced by this technology. AI boosts your children’s creative and critical thinking, making them better decision makers. It will also hone their leadership and analytical skills.  

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