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Artificial Intelligence: The Intelligent Piece of Paper


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Artificial Intelligence: The Intelligent Piece of Paper

This activity explores what it means for a computer to be intelligent and introduces the topic of what a computer program is and how everything computers do simply involves following instructions written by (creative) computer programmers. Learners interact with a piece of paper that contains rules for playing a perfect game of noughts-and-crosses (tic-tac-toe). The activity contains some thought provoking (and humorous) discussion questions. Explanation, variations, extensions, and resources are included in the PDF.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Computing
      • Computer Science
      • Information Systems
      • Information Technology
    • Engineering
      • Computer Engineering
    • Technology
      • Information and Communication
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Probability
    • Problem Solving
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology

Informal Categories


  • Computers
  • Games

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Curzon, Paul

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Funding Sources:

  • Brian Mason Scientific and Technical Trust
  • Google Inc.

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