First, I have seen various definitions of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and found this definition to be the one that made the most sense to me. AI is defined broadly as intelligent output by machines when machines are representing functions such as learning, prediction, decision making, image recognition etc which are typically associated with human cognition.
AI is still considered an emerging field, however, a lot of progress has been made in the past 5-6 years. I really hope that girls are not a minority in this discipline in the next few decades and we learn from the underrepresentation in math and computer science and course correct now. I was very encouraged to see this article on AI and efforts underway to train girls in this important field.
As per AI4ALL website, “Our supportive and rigorous summer education programs are an entry point into artificial intelligence and computer science for underrepresented high school students”. This year they have camps at different locations in USA and Canada at Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, Boston University, and Simon Fraser University.
This is definitely a step in the right direction and I am positive that the alumni from these camps will further spread the awareness in the field of AI. I am encouraged by the program at Stanford which seems very inclusive and have an amazing speakers and instructors. The Stanford AI program for 9th graders outlines the following three main objectives.”
- To simultaneously educate and excite students about the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by providing exposure to a variety of AI topics, discussing in-depth some of the cutting-edge AI research and exploring the societal impacts of AI.
- To foster personal growth through career development workshops, mentoring and social events.
- To provide students a hands-on experience with real research projects in the AI Lab.”
There is financial aid available for students as well. I highly recommend girls to explore AI4ALL.