UAE NEWS: Dubai school binds MIT with first artificial intelligence curriculum

The latest technology, benefits and the moral side of the equipment that controls the three-year education component.

Dubai: Beneficial study and living traps in a country increasingly empowered by artificial intelligence (AI) will be at the heart of a new position to seek positions in the UAE in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States.

For the first time in the UAE and in the region, a three-year pilot project for an additional curriculum has been launched in the next few months at Dubai Heights Academy – Britain’s top school for Al Barsha South, for high school students.

Students will not only learn and build the latest software and hardware in AI literacy, but they will also learn about the ethical values ​​of this rapidly changing technology that are increasingly entering into our lives – either by using mobile photo filters or using self-driving cars.

Public robots

The program will be overseen by Cynthia Breazeal, professor of media and science, and co-director of MIT Media Lab. His robots were spotted by TIME ‘Best Inventions’ magazine in 2008. In 2017, his award-winning robot ‘Jibo’ was unveiled on the cover. He is considered a pioneer in the field of social robotics and robot communication.

Speaking only to Gulf News on a recent video call from his Boston home, Breazeal said the Project-based Research and Development program aims to position students as “reliable, creative and ethical designers” of AI-enabled solutions. “AI is rapidly changing industries, markets, products and services … It contributes to the building of our society. It is really important that a citizen who is far away knows how to understand this technology enough to use it properly. We want people to know about that,” said Breazeal.

What are the students learning?

Under the project, students will learn a customized version – different from the project – of the popular Scratch program language. They will also be using the MIT App Inventor running on Android devices and working on building a robotic kit in conjunction with Channelbooks. Students will learn CT (computer thinking), which is the foundation of a computer science computer that makes complex problems easier so that people and computers can understand potential solutions. These include ‘pattern recognition’, finding similarities between data, and writing algorithms – a step-by-step guide to solving a problem or task. Students will also learn skills such as ‘debugging’ to identify and remove software or hardware errors and practices such as ‘blinking’ to create new and constructive experimental models or prototypes.


After that there will be a study of advanced AI instructions such as unchecked machine learning, which allows AI to be more “artistic”, as well as human interaction with AI. Students will learn about Gans (conflicting artificial networks) where AI can be trained to come up with new content on its own. For example, Breazeal said, AI, after “training” in human facial expressions, is now able to produce new images of non-human faces. Artists can also use Gans “style transfers” to give, say, Van Gogh’s touch to the scene; or let the AI ​​”compose” music to the liking of Bach or Mozart.

Flip next to AI

But there is a “flip side” to Gans, added Breazeal, students who will learn about it again. “These algorithms have worked so well that you can start using images and sound of people making it seem like they are saying things they have never said before – these are called‘ Fake Fakes ’. We will talk about Deep Fake and their spread on social media. It is important for children to understand the connection between AI and art but also the effects – positive and perhaps not so positive – in society, “he said.

“We want to position students as designers and makers as we teach them about CT and AI, as well as ethics; thinking about social outcomes, positive and possibly negative. Using real-world examples in many different contexts and in our lives – this is very much in line with the future. ”‘ Very interesting ’

Breazeal added: “It’s amazing how we knit all these things together in a system. What we have found, as we examine the features of this program in the US, and which we will be doing with Dubai Heights Academy, is that it is a very good thing if you do it this way. ”

At the end of the process, there will be an MIT certificate of species extinction. Breazeal said there is “active discussion” and “early discussions” about student certificates at the moment. “It is a unique curriculum that integrates AI literacy on a variety of topics such as machine learning and natural language comprehension through computer-based thinking and design, which can help democracy and help students to do value in a variety of fields. It is about providing access and opportunity to children, including those with special needs, and teaching them how to use technology effectively. ”

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