Artificial Intelligence



All students must be able to explain what Artificial Intelligence is. (Developing)

Most students should explain some examples for the use of Artificial Intelligence. (Meeting)

Some students could explain some possible consequences of the use of Artificial Intelligence in society (Exceeding)

STARTER – Discussion

What comes to mind when you think about artificial intelligence?  Wall:e?  The Terminator?


We’re not quite at the point of fully functioning machine intelligence, but massive strides are being made in the field of artificial intelligence.  Artificial intelligence (AI) is the branch of computer science concerned with making computers behave like human beings.  AI includes the following areas:

Game playing: programming computers to play games against human opponents (in May 1997, an IBM super-computer called Deep Blue defeated world chess champion Gary Kasparov in a chess match)

Expert systems: programming computers to make decisions in real-life decisions (e.g. disease diagnosis based on symptoms)

Natural language: programming computers to understand human languages (think of Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant).

Neural networks: systems that simulate intelligence by attempting to reproduce connections in animal brains

Self driving cars: both Google and Tesla are working on cars that can drive themselves without any human interaction.

Robotics: programming computers that work with electronics to produce “human like” and “dog like” robots – have a look at Atlas and Spot.

So what do you think about artificial intelligence?  Will it be good for humanity or are there risks?

MAIN – Video

Watch this video about Artificial Intelligence (Belper School teachers only).  Your teacher will discuss some of the issues with you as they arise.

Click on this link and answer the questions before sticking them into your exercise book.

MAIN – Chatbots

Let’s have a look at one form of Artificial Intelligence that was shown in the video.  That is the example of chatbots.  A chatbot is a piece of software that tries to appear human.  Watch the following video:

Now it’s your turn to try the Turing Test with chatbots:

  • ELIZA (who pretends to be a therapist)
  • PARRY (who pretends to suffer from a mental disorder)
  • Mitsuku (who pretends to be a teenage girl)
  • Eviebot (built from similar code to Cleverbot)

Your teacher might also be able to demonstrate a digital assistant such as Siri, Cortana or Google Assistant to show you how those chatbots work.

As a class, discuss the following points:

  • What sorts of questions are the chatbots very good at?
  • What questions do chatbots not answer very well?
  • What process/stages are taking place after the user types in a comment?
  • What tricks does the chatbot use to make it seem real, e.g. artificially intelligent?