We read so much about how AI is the future. At times, the things that pop into the news seem so far fetched that it’s easy to write off as the sort of thing that only the truly geeky can appreciate.
Then, something comes along that brings things down to our level – you know the sort of thing that you can experiment with on your own personal computer and get some interesting results. This makes you think that maybe there’s something about this for the future after all!
My preoccupation for the last while has been the Teachable Machine.
The tutorial talks about a three step process – Gather, Train, Export.
Gather is kind of fun sitting here in my computer area all by myself. I’m not sure that I’m ready to do this in front of the family.
Train is at the heart of it all. Once you have gathered enough information, you get the opportunity to see how your model recognizes new things.
Export lets you take the results of your hard work (or seemingly hard work since I was learning more than just working the tutorial) for purposes beyond the tutorials.
I’m not sure that I can claim to be all that more of an expert in this as a result but I sure learned a great deal about this Teachable Machine. The site isn’t one to leave you to fend for yourself. There are tutorials to help along each step.
Not surprisingly, since it’s a “withgoogle” project, there is a great deal of YouTube video to support you. Above and beyond the actual work, there are articles that will let you do some more in depth reading. In particular, the Ethics article was interesting.
If you’re looking for a product to dabble with in your classroom, you need to check this one out.