Teenagers & Artificial Intelligence
The Teenager Today|August 2020
Teenagers & Artificial Intelligence
Dr Shaison P. Ouseph, award-winning documentary filmmaker and course head of Film, Television and Digital Production, St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, represented India at the 3rd International Youth Summit 2020 (online), conducted recently by Workplace Skills Development Academy, New Zealand. Forty representatives from different countries participated in the Youth Summit. Dr Shaison spoke on ‘Youth and Artificial Intelligence’.

The Teenager Today met Dr Shaison soon after the event for a brief interview. Excerpts:

Why did you choose ‘Youth and Artificial Intelligence’ as your subject for the Summit?

I chose the topic to explore issues, roles and contributions of the youth sector in an effort to expand on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be used responsibly, and how young people can have a say about matters that concern their present and future. There is no doubt artificial intelligence will bring about fundamental changes to society, affecting everything from business to government, work life to personal time. Artificial Intelligence is our next big wave in technology, and will have an impact on the youth around the world.

What, in brief, is Artificial Intelligence?

The meaning and definition of Artificial Intelligence has changed as technology evolved, and will continue to change. Most scientists define Artificial Intelligence as “a set of sciences, theories, and techniques the purpose of which is to reproduce by machine the cognitive abilities of a human being”. The current definition focuses more on Artificial Intelligence as a subset of computer science which attempts to be human-like, rather than being human. There are three main types of Artificial Intelligence: 1) Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI), 2) Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), and 3) Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI, more capable than a human.

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