Take a Turing Test

Take a Turing Test

In 1950, an English computer scientist named Alan Turing (1912–1954) devised a test to tell a person from a computer. You’re going to try this with a Chatbot. This is an online computer program that is designed to mimic a human.
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Build the Eiffel Tower

Build the Eiffel Tower

From The Science and Technology of Marie Curie

Built in 1889 for the World Exposition, the Eiffel Tower honored the French Revolution. It also showcased national engineering and design expertise to an audience of global visitors. Originally intended as a temporary monument, it still looms large over Paris today, remaining one of the world’s most visited landmarks.

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Make Your Own Zibaldone

Make Your Own Zibaldone

From The Science and Technology of Leonardo da Vinci

A zibaldone is the Italian word for “a heap of things.” This is what Leonardo’s notebook was called. He collected a heap of ideas, observations, questions, and experiments on the pages of his notebooks, putting everything he saw or thought into the same book, instead of having different notebooks for different topics. And he used every corner and both sides of every page. In the 1400s, books and paper were more plentiful than they had...

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Experiment with Homemade Soap

Experiment with Homemade Soap

From The Science and Technology of Ben Franklin

Back when Ben Franklin was a kid, making soap was a smelly affair. It’s much easier—and more fun—today. Have an adult help you with the knife and the hot glycerin (soap).

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Build a Craft Stick Catapult

Build a Craft Stick Catapult

From Engines!

Ancient armies used catapults in battle. But the catapult has been used as recently as World War I. In that war, soldiers used catapults to toss hand grenades at the enemy. Today, catapults are used to launch planes off the decks of huge ships called aircraft carriers. Because the runway is short on an aircraft carrier, the catapult helps get the plane into the air quickly. Try making your own!

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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.”

 

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
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
9781619306738
Paperback, $17.95
9781619306752
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Engineering & Technology

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Introduction
What Is Artificial Intelligence?

Chapter 1
The Hunt for Hal: Early Forms of AI

Chapter 2
Good Morning Alexa: AI Today

Chapter 3
AI in the Future

Chapter 4
Do We Need AI?

Chapter 5
AI in Science Fiction

Chapter 6
The Debate around AI

Glossary
Metric Conversions Resources
Essential Questions
Index