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Talking AI and Drawing Cats with Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders

Talking AI and Drawing Cats with Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders

Mighty AI’s Seattle office recently hosted 16 students from the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County for a whirlwind introduction to machine learning and computer vision.

 

The club connected with us a few weeks ago, asking if someone would come speak to their students about careers in AI. We got so excited about the opportunity to meet them and share our passion for this field that we asked if they would visit our office for an interactive session with our entire Data Science team. After all, the demand for AI jobs is outpacing the supply of talent available to fill them. It’s incumbent upon those of us in the industry to help inspire and mentor a diverse set of youth to become our future colleagues.  

 

We kicked things off with a brief AI 101 explainer and a few lightning rounds of speed networking. Students paired up with Mighty AI employees to learn about career opportunities in AI, and we learned a few things about being a student these days, too!

 

We then talked about the role AI and computer vision play in powering self-driving cars. About half of the students said they don’t want to learn to drive. Thanks in part to driverless cars, they may not need to. Their sentiment fits with recent reporting we’ve seen—such as this piece from NPR written by a young contributing writer—on Generation Z’s attitudes toward driving and car ownership in general.

 

We wrapped up our time together with the most popular portion of the day: drawing cats. We used Christopher Hesse’s edges2cats program, which uses machine learning to generate an image of a cat based on a drawing the user creates. It was a fun, interactive way to showcase the power of machine learning in real time, and it led to great conversations about how it works. It was a big hit with both the students and Mighty AI employees. Give it a whirl!

 

These students are clearly passionate about the future of technology and the role they can play in shaping it. Thanks to our new friends at the Boys & Girls Club for stopping by, and come back any time! We can’t wait to see what you all do next.

 

If you’re reading this blog because you’re thinking about working for Mighty AI, check out our current openings. We’d love for you to swing by and visit us, too!