Volume 31 Issue 20 30 Jun 2022 1 Tammuz 5782

The AI steamroller

Josh Amoils, Class of 2018

No maths. No programming. Understand AI.

There’s a very exciting workshop coming to Emanuel School next term.

You’ve heard the words; ‘artificial intelligence’, ‘machine-learning’, ‘neural networks’…

You’ve seen the danger; The machine always wins: what drives our addiction to social media ~ The Guardian

You’ve seen the opportunity; Ai and the human future: Net Positive ~ The Economist

But what exactly is the fundamental technology that is rapidly changing academia, industry and the way we live? Find out at Emanuel next term!

Hi, I’m Josh Amoils, an alumnus of Emanuel School (Class of ’18) and volunteer for UNSW Data Science Society.

I believe that it’s important that the students in our community become ‘AI-literate’; that they understand the technology of artificial intelligence while it’s still emerging. Imagine understanding the internet in the early 2000s. Becoming AI-literate is important so that students can assess the dangers and capitalise on the opportunities of the AI revolution. As Stewart Brand puts it, “Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.”

In Week 2 of Term 3, I’ll be coming back to Emanuel with a team of UNSW DataSoc educators to run an Introduction to AI and Machine-Learning Workshop for Years 10-12 students. In the 90-minute lesson we’ll take students through the power of data and what machine-learning is, before we guide students on how to build a machine-learning model themselves!

This fun, interactive workshop is designed for all students; you don’t need to be good at maths or know how to code. 


To sign up, look out for the permission note coming early next term. All Years 10-11 students are eligible to participate.

I look forward to seeing you there!