The Age of A.I.

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Informative series demystifies artificial intelligence.

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Features artificial intelligence as an area that combines science and creativity, and which has positive applications for the world. 

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It highlights a range of scientists, educators, creators, and others working in the field. Although most innovators featured are male, there are female scientists and innovators featured throughout. 

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Struggling with diseases, facing hardships, and other issues are sometimes discussed. Concerns about dystopian futures are referenced. 

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Google, universities, popular movies, and other brands are featured and discussed. Occasionally logos for biotech and other companies who are developing technology are visible. These are all presented in an educational context. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Age of A.I. is a YouTube original docuseries about demystifying the field of artificial intelligence. Hosted by Robert Downey Jr., it highlights the developers and creators of robots and devices, and the developments made in recent years. There’s a lot to be learned, but younger kids, or folks not interested in the areas of STEM and STEAM may not be as inclined to watch. Some episodes discuss difficult issues like living with fatal diseases, as well as coping with communication and movement challenges. 

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What's the story?

THE AGE OF A.I. is an original YouTube documentary series about the rise of artificial intelligence. Robert Downey, Jr. hosts the series, which showcases innovators pushing the boundaries of A.I., and shaping our world with their inventions. From the research that goes into developing a digital consciousness, to revealing some of the technological developments that help people regain movement and voice with the help of digital technology, it highlights work that is changing lives (for better or worse) one advancement at a time. 

Is it any good?

This interesting STEM-themed series attempts to demystify the misconceptions surrounding artificial intelligence, and show the innovative work that goes into building it. It features many of the people and institutions taking a lead in the field, including folks like Academy Award winning bioengineer Mark Sagar (known for his work on King Kong and Avatar), and tech giants like Google. Celebs who actively promote STEM-education, including musician will.i.am, are also visible. Teens and adults interested in STEM and STEAM will easily get caught up in the series, but those who are not may find it a little slow-going. Others may still question some of the thinking behind this technology, especially when it comes to using it to supplement human interaction. Nonetheless, The Age of A.I. offers a great educational opportunity to learn more about the technology from the creative people working in the field. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role of artificial intelligence in our lives. What kinds of things do we use every day that already rely on artificial intelligence? 

  • What kinds of fears exist about what artificial intelligence will do to our society in the future? Does The Age of A.I. put an end to these concerns?  

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