AI in the World: How can we prepare our students?

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Artificial intelligence is developing rapidly in the world. We unconsciously interact with AI every day, which is the nature of how AI works. A few years ago, I decided to study artificial intelligence because I wanted to teach it in my 8th grade STEAM class. At the time, I didn’t realize how much AI I was using on a daily basis, nor could I define it. My view of AI is that it involves robots, as I saw in the movie I am Robot.
Inspired by one of the themes of Getting Smart in January 2018, I began my ai research and challenged myself to write a topic that was new to me. Since then, ARTIFICIAL intelligence has been an area of high interest and it is a topic I enjoy teaching, not only in my STEAM courses, but also in my Spanish courses. I also speak regularly at conferences or podcasts, enjoy teaching educators about AI, and will continue to learn.
As the use of AI in the world grows so much, leading to an increasing demand for AI skills, I think it is important for all educators to bring these emerging trends and technologies into our classrooms.

To best prepare our students for future college and careers, we need to help them understand the changes in the world of work that AI will bring and develop the skills that will enable them to adapt to those changes. One of the biggest concerns is whether AI will replace humans in different areas of work. What I have learned, however, is that while AI and automation may displace some jobs, it will lead to the creation of new or different types of jobs. New opportunities will be created and we must continue to learn, adapt and develop new skills in order to pursue them.
Students should learn what AI is, how it affects our lives now, and how it might affect our lives in the future. Students need opportunities to explore AI to see if they are interested in these fields or might want to pursue a career in AI or related fields. In my previous post Getting Smart, I shared ideas on what we need to know about AI and education, and the resources we need to get started.
The impact of artificial intelligence on the world
So what’s driving the rise in demand for AI skills? What about ai in areas like cybersecurity? These shifts in our technology use and location have led to a 20% increase in cyber attacks since March 2020 due to remote working and distance learning. We also need to take into account the growing number of devices being used on the Internet of Things (IoT). It is predicted that there will be 75 billion iot devices on the Internet by 2025. Because of the potential threats to security, we need people with the ability to understand how security breaches occur and how to protect companies, schools, and other organizations from such technological attacks in the future.
While humans can perform these tasks, AI can analyze all this information, detect threats, build security patches, and act on those threats faster than humans. By analyzing data on a large scale, humans can study trends or look for patterns that might improve cybersecurity and protect technology users.
It is predicted that ai will automatically produce 30% of Internet content by 2022. Ai is already capable of generating content such as art, music and poetry on its own. It can take the work of a particular author or artist and generate text that the author might have created based on his or her style and analysis of previous works. With GPT-3, a language prediction model, it can take language, content, or other input and convert it into something else. There are websites that test whether you can tell if a poem or piece of art was created by a human or an artificial intelligence.
Recently, I looked at the Learn To Code website and found their list of 18 tech skills that are in high demand right now. Artificial intelligence topped the list, followed by machine learning, data science, data analytics and data visualization. Other top 18 skills included areas such as cyber security, blockchain and quantum computing. The average salary for people who work with AI is $124,000.