Rapid progress is being made in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, as milestones are being passed in a wide range of areas, including transcription, diagnosis, and warfare, says Toby Walsh, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia.
Although most AI experts estimate it will take at least 50 years to get to human-level intelligence in machines, Walsh thinks the impact AI will have on society will likely be first felt in Australia, a country that is a leader in the field.
However, Australia and the U.S. are facing similar problems associated with a lack of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
Walsh believes access to robots, especially at an early age, can help bring girls into STEM fields.
In addition, he says citizens need to understand the fundamental principles of computation, and robots offer an excellent platform on which to teach such computational thinking.
From Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
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