26 Feb 2019

Herman Gref urged children to be creative at the second Digit Lesson.

Herman Gref urged children to be creative at the second Digit Lesson. February 26, 2019, Moscow - Contribution to the Future Foundation together with Sberbank and Russia’s leading companies and Digital Economy NCO held the second Digital Lesson focused on AI and machine learning.

February 26, 2019, Moscow - Contribution to the Future Foundation together with Sberbank and Russia’s leading companies and Digital Economy NCO held the second Digital Lesson focused on AI and machine learning. The lesson consisted of two parts - Open Mic, a discussion forum where government officials, entrepreneurs, and researchers answered the question of school children. The second part was dedicated to practical training - children tackled simulated tasks related to AI algorithms. Open Mic participants: Herman Gref, CEO, Sberbank Chairman of the Executive Board, Maxim Akimov, the Deputy Chair of the Russian Government, Marina Rakova, the Deputy Minister of Education, Mikhail Nasibulin, the Digital Economy Project Department Director, the Ministry of Digital Development and Communications, Yevgeny Kovnir, CEO, Digital Economy NCO, and representatives of top Russian companies (Yandex, Mail.ru, 1C, Kaspersky Laboratory, and Codewards). The session moderator was Pyotr Polozhevets, the Executive Director of Contribution to the Future Foundation.

Participants answered questions asked by children and viewers and selected by online poll. The audience asked about AI education and practical use of this knowledge now and in future, and about relations between AI and humans.

Herman Gref, Sberbank Chair of the Board: “AI can perform all simple and standard tasks related to repeated operations, but it also can tackle more complex problems associated with computing. Going forward, we will integrate robots to transfer all mechanical work to them. Then we will have to solve creative tasks where AI fails, or solve high-uncertainty challenges with no or few data available.”

Maxim Akimov, Deputy Chair of the Russian Government: “Like any new technology, AI is neutral but it can be used both for good and evil purposes. AI is both a threat and an opportunity. Evil will remain evil and good will remain good; humans, not machines, must make their choice. What do we want? If we, humans, as the will source want AI to be good, it will be good. We are the ones to decide. AI, our future partner, will be whatever we want it to be. I believe future belongs to AI but depends on humans. Sberbank data analysis experts prepared tasks for the second part of the lesson based on children’s age and interests. Kids up to 14 years-old were learning on the simulator that taught a robot to work in the zoo. Senior school children used a graphic simulator featuring the key steps of the machine learning model, including neural network hyperparameters, model improvement, test data assessment, and top model selection. Yevgeny Kovnir, CEO, Digital Economy NCO: “Today, we evidence the improvement of driverless cars, use fantastic photo processing features, and get useful advice from personal assistants. We have too many scenarios to develop going forward; today’s children have a huge territory to conquer and many creative skills to master.”

Sberbank contributes to the Digital Lesson, an all-Russian education project organized by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Digital Development and Communications, Digital Economy NCO, and Russia’s top technology companies, as part of its AI Academy program focused on promoting AI knowledge at school. In March and April 2019, AI Academy will hold AI hackathon where the participants will forecast Dota 2 ratings based on the game data. The hackathon will complete a series of events organized in this academic year. Besides, AI Academy develops AI learning content for schools. Sberbank is focused on developing digital technology learning and knowledge. Along with AI Academy intended for children, Sberbank supports projects for different ages, such as School 21, free learning resources for 18-30 year old students, and Sberbank Data Science Journey, AI learning project, which ranks top in Eastern Europe.