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Why 2023 Will Be The Year Of AI Education

Why 2023 Will Be The Year Of AI Education

Artificial Intelligence is not the future. It is here today or has been for a long time – depending on who you ask. As we enter 2023, it is not enough to say that 2023 is the “year of AI” – the past few years have all been the “year of AI”. I believe 2023 is the year of AI Education.

What is AI Education? I have previously written articles about AI-Literacy, and the need for everyone in the world to understand AI at some level. AI Education is the process of becoming AI Literate.

The past few years have seen a massive expansion of targeted AI education initiatives. In particular – a shortage of data scientists led to a great increase in data science programs and certifications, as well as tooling to support citizen data science – enabling anyone to build AI and data science models without code. However, the AI education I refer to is not for data science specialists – it’s AI Literacy for everyone.

Why is 2023 our breakout year for AI education? Let’s consider a few factors

What does all this mean? It is not just that AI is in our lives and our homes (that has been true for a while now). We have now taken the next step – AI is now in all of our jobs (whether we are lawyers, marketing managers, human resources specialists, nurses, teachers, or school children). There are tools we can benefit from, dangers we need to navigate, and policies we need to understand and implement.

The above factors show why 2023 should be the year of AI education, but how can we believe that it will in fact be the year of AI education? A few (albeit) non-scientific answers come to mind

  • I have observed a rapid growth in professionals from all fields wanting to understand “what this AI thing is”.
  • We are seeing the start of the “AI-Enabled Practitioner”. An AI enabled practitioner is an individual who is AI Literate and uses their AI knowledge as needed in their job. The practitioner is a shift – no longer is AI the sole province of highly trained computer scientists – AI education is now a requirement for everyone.
  • In conversations with hundreds of K12 teachers and school officials, there is near unanimous agreement that they and their students will benefit from greater inclusion of AI understanding in their classrooms.

Its 2023. Time to learn AI.

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