By Camille Dupire – Aug 05,2018 – Last updated at Aug 05,2018 Teenage students learning about the booming and still controversial topic of Artificial Intelligence in Amman during the two-week programme (Photo courtesy of RBK) AMMAN — At a time when the world looked at machines as the panacea of the future, a local organisation is giving young teenagers the tools to master the complicated yet promising field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Seven students aged from 13 to 18 years old recently undertook a two-week summer course teaching them the ropes of AI, a field of study defined by web sources as “the ability of a computer programme or a machine to think and learn”.

Adapting to ‘state of the art’ technology “Artificial Intelligence tends to be seen as this state-of-the-art technology that is developed in isolated laboratories equipped with supercomputers and some other unknown complex machinery not available to the public,” said Hugh Bosely, the founder of ReBootKamp (RBK), which conducted the summer camp, noting however that “AI has reached the opposite end of the spectrum and it could be said that AI is becoming mainstream”. As the RBK team believed it was time to “adapt”, they sought to give the next generation the tools to handle a technology expected to have great impact in the future.

“In this first AI bootcamp, which we created specifically for teens, we wanted youth to tackle what has become a really powerful and booming technology, and is most likely going to be widely used in fields as varied as business, healthcare, banking and security, among many others,” Noredeen Al Zubi, programme manager of the RBK summer camp told The Jordan Times on Sunday, noting that the intensive immersive bootcamp, included work sessions of almost eight hours, five days a week. Turning passionate minds into tech masters  “As usual, we did not look for applicants with any knowledge in the field whatsoever; we did not need them to be tech-savvy or coding geniuses.

Instead, we looked for passionate, motivated young people, who were truly interested in exploring the AI field,” Zubi explained, highlighting the variety of youth who expressed interest in the camp. “We had two students attending on a need based scolarship, as well as one Syrian boy.

This demonstrates the great curiosity of a variety of people in this brand new topic,” he stated, stressing that “this also helped achieve one of RBK’s purposes, which is to create and strengthen a sense of community among attendees”. For Abdulrahman Tabaza, who attended the camp, the best part of his experience was “the informality of the learning environment, which made the camp a lot more fun and engaging”.  “It was a very friendly atmosphere with even our mentors close to our age group,” he told The Jordan Times. Read more from…

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