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What implicit Imaginative Education (IE) connections exist in artificial intelligence (AI)?

AI provides particularly easy connections to Egan’s ideas about Imaginative Education.  The AI unit provides a rich opportunity to explore technological literacy.  According to IE theory, Mythic and Romantic learners are particularly interested in limits and extremes of reality and humanization of knowledge.  The questions and ideas that frame this unit were developed according to these understandings and include “Do you think chatterbots will ever pass for human?” How are humans and computers different?” and “Are computers smarter than humans?”  These questions encourage children and young teens to consider comparisons between humans and technology different by examining the most extreme limits of technology and knowledge.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 1223868 and 1223460.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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