Try AI at MOHAI’s Artificial Intelligence Exhibition | entertainment

exhibition briefing

kids these days. They take spell checking for granted. Thanks to Alexa and Siri, they’ll never suffer the indignation of not getting an immediate answer to every obscure question. You may not even need to learn to drive if autonomous vehicles take off.

A new special exhibition at the Museum of History & Industry explores how AI has evolved over the years and how it has impacted our lives. Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind and the Machine runs through January 8th. Seattle is the first West Coast stop for this traveling exhibition, created by the Relayer Group in New York.

AI is the attempt to create machines that simulate human intelligence. You’ll see how AI is used to solve real-world problems and how it’s portrayed in pop culture (like C-3PO and WALL-E).

The exhibition is hidden in a corner of the second floor of MOHAI. When we walked in, my first impression was… stunning. You are greeted by a slew of text-heavy panels that are difficult for children to digest. Then we noticed screens – aha! – around the room and my children were attracted like moths to a light.

I went through the exhibition and diligently read all the copies; My kids just wanted to play on the screens, no surprise. Her favorite interactive station was Pong, a simple video game where you play ping-pong against a machine that uses mathematical predictions about where the moving ball will land. The machine is very good. When my kids finally beat the computer, they were so excited it was like winning Olympic gold.

The face analysis machine promises to guess your age and I was willing to try it. When it guessed my age at 25-32, I was ecstatic. (I’m 41.) Then I moved and it recalibrated my age to 4-6.

There’s flattery, and then there’s absurdity.

AI can be amazing, amazing technology. But it’s not perfect. Sometimes it’s a hilarious failure.

At a station demonstrating speech recognition, speak into the microphone and the AI ​​will translate your speech into printed text. Except it’s easy to get confused. When “Let’s go to MOHAI” was translated to “Let’s go to more high”, we couldn’t stop laughing.

Other stations show the many uses of AI. AI can translate in real time: show it a story written in Russian and it will instantly translate into English. The AI ​​can recognize landmarks: show it a photo and it will recognize the latitude and longitude. AI can create art: it turns a video still of you into a cubist portrait.

Most screens are practical; a few play short videos. You can watch what a self-driving car “sees” or how a robotic animal programmed with AI figures out how to handle obstacles.

As with most MOHAI, the AI ​​exhibit is best suited for children of primary school age and older, i.e. people who can read. The lone toddler in the exhibit could only reach the rainbow piano AI and was quickly strapped back into his stroller. FYI, there is a children’s playground on the third floor.

While MOHAI is challenging for very young children, we’ve always loved exploring South Lake Union as a family. Pro tip: Parking is free all day on Sundays, and on Sunday mornings it’s usually not a problem to find parking in the lots near MOHAI.

The kids always enjoy walking the docks and looking at the different boats. It’s fun to watch a whirlpool boat go by and it’s exciting to watch seaplanes land and take off.

There’s a cute cafe at MOHAI that serves sandwiches, pastries, and coffee if you need fuel. Make a day out of it. Just watch out for all the goosebumps.

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