On Second Thought For Thursday, April 26, 2018

Apr 26, 2018

A group of middle school students from Dacula, Georgia, is preparing for a world championship. This weekend the “Robo Sapiens” will head to Louisville, Kentucky for the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship, where they will present the findings of their latest research on racist robots and bias in artificial intelligence. GPB's Leah Fleming spoke with three students on the team and their coach about their discoveries and their passion for the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. 


As technology increasingly comes into contact with humans, a group of scientists is working to make sure those interactions remain safe. Mark Riedl is an associate professor in the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing and director of the Entertainment Intelligence Lab. His lab uses storytelling to teach robots right from wrong. GPB Special Correspondent Celeste Headlee spoke with Riedl in 2016 about his research and what the future holds for artificial intelligence. 

Students at Georgia Tech were part of a social experiment in 2016, but they didn't realize it at the time. Computing professor Ashok Goel teaches an artificial intelligence class every semester. One semester, he did something different by adding another teacher’s assistant to his online course. Only this T.A. was A.I., operated by artificial intelligence. Goel and one his students, Logan Gabriel, spoke with GPB Special Correspondent Celeste Headlee about the class.