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The Four Cs Of AI Literacy: Building The Workforce Of The Future

The AI market is projected to be 190 billion by 2025. AI applications, once the purview of only the most advanced technologists are now pervasive. The average human is likely to interact with at least one AI in their daily life, whether it is auto-correct on their phone, a movie or product recommendation, or, for some, a self-driving car or a digital assistant. While these are the AIs that the average person can see, the impact of the technology is possibly even greater in the AIs that they don’t see, that assist their doctors, their bank’s loan approvals, their city’s budget decisions, and more. The next generation, our children, are the first AI-Native Generation. They have never known life without AI.

I consider AI Literacy to be the ability to understand and form opinions of the role of AI in our lives, industries, and communities. This includes understanding the basics of what an AI is, how it works, and what the strengths and limitations of the technologies are. Just as I do not need to be a computer programmer to appreciate the role of the internet in my life, understand my role in managing my online privacy, and how to leverage the internet for everything from restaurant reservations to job searches, AI Literacy does not require a Ph.D. in Computer Science. While some may require or desire a deeper learning of data science, algorithms, and programming, broad AI Literacy can be acquired through the following four Cs: Concepts, Context, Capability and Creativity.

As our worldwide information economy expands, the role of data, and AI to generate insights from data, will continue to grow. Broad AI Literacy will enable countries, governments, industries, and private citizens to leverage AI technology safely and effectively. As more people become AI Literate, we can expect to see yet more usages and creative applications of this transformative technology.

The original article was posted at Forbes.

In support of positive AI development for human-centric society, the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI) and Boston Global Forum (BGF) established the Artificial Intelligence World Society (AIWS) in 2017. According to AIWS, AI can be an important tool for helping people achieve well-being and happiness, relieve them of resource constraints and arbitrary/inflexible rules and processes. In this effort, Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI) invites participation and collaboration with think tanks, universities, non-profits, firms, and other entities that share their commitment to the construction and development of AIWS City (AIWS.city), a vỉtual, digital, and smart city.