Artificial Intelligence (Build it Yourself)
Learn all about artificial intelligence and how it is used in today’s society. Full of interesting information and fun projects, this engaging book explores the technology and digital world of the past, present, and future. Bolded vocabulary words are defined in the sidebars. Scannable QR codes allow you to view primary sources to learn even more. Use as part of your science curriculum, or as a fun unit study for students interested in robotics. ~ Gina
What is artificial intelligence? How is artificial intelligence going to change our lives?
Alexa, play my favorite song! Alexa, shut the garage door!" Imagine a world in which you simply call out a request while sitting in your living room and have a small computer comply. Suddenly, the driving beat of your favorite song fills the air while in the distance you hear the grind of the garage door coming down.
This scenario is no longer science fiction! Our world is becoming increasingly inhabited by machines that can talk to us, listen to us, perform as asked, and even solve problems with no direction from humans. A machine with artificial intelligence is one that can perceive its environment and change its computing and behavior to reflect that environment, while using tools at hand to solve problems or reach goals.
In Artificial Intelligence: Thinking Machines and Smart Robots with Science Activities for Kids, readers ages 10 to 15 learn the early definitions of AI and discover how these definitions, and the tests that are applied to determine whether a machine has AI or not, have changed as machines have grown increasingly competent in unexpected ways. Through a combination of science activities and student-paced learning, readers discover the AI machines of today and their uses in various fields, such as entertainment, the military, and health care.
What about the future? How will AI affect the way we understand and integrate with technology and with each other? How can AI improve our lives? Is there anything dangerous about AI? What are the ethical issues surrounding the use of AI? Essential questions such as these promote critical examination of issues from all sides, while primary sources and science-minded engineering activities, such as experimenting with the programs Sound Net and iNaturalist and making a model of a neural network,let readers have a blast learning about the age of thinking machines we're in right now.
Have you ever thought about the history of robotics, how we collect big data, or how cities were developed? This series explores the answer to those questions and many more by presenting the history behind these topics and how it has evolved into our modern-day era. Chapters begin with an essential question to think about as students read the information presented in an engaging and understandable format. The timeline, pictures, and “Did You Know?” facts also keep the reader’s attention. Vocabulary words are in bold with definitions in the sidebars. Several projects are included at the end of each chapter. All the books (not including Cities) are in color and include primary sources you can access by scanning QR codes with a smartphone or tablet. Read the whole series as a science unit, or pick and choose the books that pique your interest. Students can keep a journal of their activities in a separate notebook. ~ Gina