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Dr. Eugene Santos Jr., Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth College
“Captures the dream and inspires the imagination of AI all the while keeping it gently grounded in thinking about AI’s realities. It’s really a primer for all ages and thought provoking for all readers.”
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Detailed Book Description
What is artificial intelligence? How is artificial intelligence going to change our lives?
In Artificial Intelligence: Thinking Machines and Smart Robots with Science Activities for Kids, readers ages 10 to 15 learn how machines develop into thinking, learning devices that can help humans perform tasks, make decisions, and work more efficiently. They can even help us have fun! Through a combination of hands-on science activities and student-paced learning, readers discover the AI machines of yesterday and today and learn about uses in various fields, such as entertainment, the military, and health care.
How can AI continue to improve our lives? Is there anything dangerous about AI? What are the ethical issues surrounding the use of AI? Essential questions, primary sources, and science-minded engineering activities let readers have a blast learning about the age of thinking machines we're in right now.
Try these hands-on science and engineering projects!
- Make a model of a neural net out of playdough and toothpicks
- Take a Turing test
- Design your own rescue robot
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What Is Artificial Intelligence?
The Hunt for Hal: Early Forms of AI
Good Morning Alexa: AI Today
AI in the Future
Do We Need AI?
AI in Science Fiction
The Debate around AI
Metric Conversions Resources