Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! It’s quite a relief to be able to take a short break after such a long and hot summer, particularly as the weather has decided to join in with the holiday spirit. The air was cool and fresh on the Four Beasts this morning and the views of Taipei under the clear blue skies were amazing. Here’s hoping that the weather forecast for the next few days stays true to its word.
On the subject of forecasts, I’m not sure I want to be in the business of making ones about the economy given the crazy times we’re living in, but what I will say is that we are seeing a rapid growth of interest in our VIA Mobile360 in-vehicle systems in China, Taiwan, the US, and the UK. Even though the hype about autonomous vehicles has abated, interest in adopting AI, Computer Vision, and Cloud technologies for transportation safety, fleet management, and new mobility services continues to accelerate. Continue reading Notes from the field: Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!→
As Artificial Intelligence becomes increasingly embedded in our daily lives, it’s never been more important for schools worldwide to equip their students with a theoretical and practical knowledge of how the technology works and how it can be applied.
How to inspire interest in AI among school students? My visit this morning to Qinxian Junior High School in Jiufen to attend the opening of an AI summer camp being held there provided some interesting answers to this question.
There can be little doubt that computer programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning are becoming more important than ever in education, and a crucial form of literacy for the next generation of school children. But inspiring young people to engage with this complex world of often daunting technology can be far from easy.
To meet this challenge, VIA is bringing the VIA Pixetto vision sensor to market. With a host of in-built vision sensor features, support for visual block programming, and an easy-to-use Machine Learning Accelerator, it provides the ideal platform for accelerating AI education in schools. Continue reading Accelerating AI education in schools with VIA Pixetto→
It was a great pleasure to visit the prestigious Taipei Municipal Renai Junior High School last Friday to learn about the program the institution has developed to educate its students about advanced technologies like AI.
The goal of the program, as the school principal emphasized during his presentation, goes beyond simply teaching students narrow technical skills such as how to code or build a robot. Its overall objective is to provide a holistic framework for students to improve their critical thinking and problem solving abilities so that they can harness technology tools to make a greater contribution to society. Continue reading Notes from the field: learning AI with the VIA Pixetto visual sensor→
It’s great to see the government in Taiwan step up its efforts to promote the teaching of AI in its elementary and high schools through its latest educational policy initiatives. At the 2019 Start! event held last Saturday at the Jiangcui Junior High School in New Taipei City, I had the privilege of witnessing some of the early results of these efforts when sixty-seven teams from schools throughout the island came together to put their driverless vehicles through their paces and compete with each other in various autonomous driving tasks.
Talking with the Commissioner of the Education Department of New Taipei City and the school principal, I was deeply impressed by their enthusiasm for giving students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in AI development from an early age. The sooner students become familiar with technologies like computer vision and deep learning, the more comfortable they will be in using them in the years ahead and the more likely they will be to come up with new AI applications of their own. Continue reading Notes from the field: promoting AI learning in Taiwan→
I couldn’t resist a wry smile at the doomsday predictions of a future AI jobs apocalypse from the Bank of England’s Chief Economist yesterday after listening to senior Chinese government officials and university professors wax lyrical about the benefits of the future AI society at our China Children’s Computer Contest.