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Castilleja School teaches artificial intelligence

Uploaded: Fri, Jan 18, 2019, 6:56 am by Elena Kadvany

/ Palo Alto Weekly

Carissa Carter, director of teaching + learning at the Stanford d.school, leads a workshop at Castilleja centered on design thinking and machine learning applications during Global Week at the school on Jan. 7, 2019.

This year, the school chose artificial intelligence, coinciding with the debut of Castilleja's first-ever course on the subject — a rarity in K-12 education, even in 2019 — and preparations to adopt a computer-science graduation requirement next year.

The school's overarching goal, administrators and educators said, is not to solely teach coding or provide a pipeline to tech careers but rather to help them understand a powerful force that is already and will continue to impact their lives regardless of what they pursue after Castilleja.

They studied key artificial-intelligence concepts, like machine learning, neural networks and deep learning, and examined the role that AI plays in the very technologies they consume — the filtering of data on Facebook and Instagram and predictive analytics on Netflix, for example.

The teams selected specific personality traits and place of residence for their person — such as a quiet and introspective person from the United Kingdom — and then decided if the person was either interviewing for a job at Stanford Shopping Center or here to visit Great America with a group of friends.

(One group of students chose regression, a set of statistical processes for estimating the relationships among variables, to predict the weather for the day their consumer would be visiting.) At the end, the students considered the worst and best case scenarios by writing alternatively 'fantastic' and 'terrible' news headlines.

Other activities throughout the week included visiting interactive art pieces that use machine learning, hearing from Castilleja alumnae who now study or work in the field and learning about the ethical implications for governments, companies and the public.

Administrators had considered artificial intelligence as a Global Week theme for years but didn't feel prepared to offer it until this year, with Barriger's new course and the upcoming computer-science requirement, said Stacey Kertsman, Castilleja's dean of equity education and social impact and director of the Center for Awareness, Compassion and Engagement.

They brought in three artists to create the interactive art exhibit on campus, which included a facial analysis tool that predicts your age, gender and emotions in real time when you sit in front of it, and a 'Lost in Google Translation' piece that translates any English phrase into Thai and then back to English to reveal 'shortcomings in both humans' and machine's capabilities,' the exhibit description reads.

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Editor’s Note: This article was previously published in November 2018.

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There needs to be access to huge amounts of data, so as to find patterns.

Because of all this, when it comes to finding artificial intelligence stocks, they are usually larger companies.

Well, let’s take a look at five that stand out: Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) CEO Sundar Pichai refers to the company as “AI first.”

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Finally, the valuation of GOOG stock is at reasonable levels, with the forward price-to-earnings ratio is 23X, which is in-line with other mega tech operators like Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT).

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Muse recently boosted the price target on NVDA stock to $400, which implies 41% upside.

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