China is thinking way ahead of anybody else in the world. Especially when it comes to Artificial Intelligence.
Apart from the fact that Chinese scientists are now producing more quality patents papers, China is also bringing up ‘AI FIRST KIDS’ – i.e. kids who are well trained in Artificial Intelligence (this opens up another level of competitiveness in the global diaspora).
How is China creating these AI-first kids? Well, let’s take a look at this collection!
Chinese parents are now sending their elementary and middle school aged kids to AI Camps, where corporate trainers train them in AI and associated technologies.
In fact, many language training centres have started courses offering related to AI, just like English or Japanese.
And well, it’s no surprise that these training camps are getting completely sold out, even though they cost as much as Rs.10,000 per day.
For Chinese parents, after English, AI is the surest path to prosperity, where an AI educated person can earn more than thrice of the average salary.
AI researchers from Google, the Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and key Chinese universities collaborated on a 33 volume textbook series on AI for students ranging from Kindergarten to High school.
The aim is to introduce pre-teens to the basics, strengthen teenagers’ capability for using intelligent and applied technologies, and help train hundreds of new AI teachers in 100 Chinese schools.
Textbooks are supported with learning materials and programming environments. Students can seek online help which students can access through either PC or WeChat.
“With the rise of automation, new skills are emerging as valuable in the age of AI and are often not the focus of K-12 education. These include problem finding, inquiry, flexibility, collaboration, creativity, systems thinking and technological literacy to name the basics.AI changes what we teach the next generation starting in Kindergarten because the next generation will have jobs that do not exist yet.”
China is in a race to be world leader in AI by 2030, both in terms of research and adoption of the technology.
The most important part of the roadmap, is to completely change it;s education system from ancient system to AI driven. The aim is two-folds, while it would intend to bring in efficiencies in the education system, it would also expose the students to AI and related technology both passively and actively, thereby sparking students curiosity.
China believes, this is the way to create the required trained manpower for the forthcoming fourth industrial revolution.
"Previously when I had classes that I didn't like very much, I would be lazy and maybe take a nap on the desk or flick through other textbooks. But I don't dare be distracted since the cameras were installed in the classrooms. It's like a pair of mystery eyes are constantly watching me."
Xiamen-based artificial intelligence company Keeko demonstrated how they are leading the way in the field of education technology on Friday, as their robots assisted teachers with classes.
An education robot called iPal has joined the teaching staff of Shunhu Kindergarten in Suzhou, eastern China.