At a time when AI and machine learning are changing the very fabric of society and transforming entire industries, it is more important than ever to give every student the opportunity to not only learn how these technologies work, but also to think critically about the ethical and societal impacts of AI.
AI is used everywhere, from voice assistants to self-driving cars, and it’s rapidly becoming the most important technological innovation of current times. AI has the potential to play a major role in addressing global problems, such as detecting and curing diseases, cleaning oceans, eliminating poverty, or harnessing clean energy.
At the same time, with great power comes great responsibility, and budding computer scientists must learn to consider technology’s ethical impacts. How does algorithmic bias impact social justice or deep fakes impact democracy? How does society cope with rapid job automation? By learning how to consider the ethical issues that AI raises, these future computer scientists will be better able to envision the appropriate safeguards that help to maximize the benefits of AI technologies and reduce their risks.
A comprehensive approach from elementary to high school
Made possible by Microsoft’s latest donation of $7.5 million, Code.org plans a comprehensive and age-appropriate approach to teaching how AI works along with the social and ethical considerations, from elementary school through high school.
Available on December 1:
- A new video series on AI, featuring Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella along with leading technologists across industry and academia
- A global launch of Code.org’s hit AI tutorial, AI for Oceans, which is available in 25+ languages and optimized for mobile devices
- A classroom lesson plan to help students explore and discuss the societal and ethical implications of AI
- A lesson in the CS Principles curriculum about machine learning and bias
- See our new AI resource page for a complete overview!