A vast number of companies are investing in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) as computers have to be programmed to understand what next logical step to take with AI and ML. For computers to “see” and “hear” requires a plethora of data points and algorithms. At the same time, society needs to be ready to embrace, and as needed, challenge this technology. As students engage in STEM activities and learn about computers and programming, they should also consider what the implications will be for them and society as technology advances. While creating new capabilities for computers to learn and improve our lives, consideration should also be given to issues that may infringe on privacy and personal rights. The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) are leading the AI4K12 (Artificial Intelligence for K-12) steering committee in an effort to educate students in the need to balance how AI and ML should be used and what ethical criteria AI and ML systems should be required to meet.
At least a dozen states and the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards include concepts on ethics in their computer science/technology education standards. EdGate’s repository includes the computer science/technology education standards for numerous states, as well as the CSTA standards. If you have computer science/technology education content and need assistance in aligning these to standards, or if you have questions, please contact our Account Executives for more information.
Read more on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and Ethics at these links. What K-12 Students Should Know About Artificial Intelligence and Why Social Studies is Becoming AI Studies
By: Kathleen Ideguchi