Learning fun with artificial intelligence

MS Science still in Bonn until Sunday

Bonn. The MS Science is still in Bonn until Sunday. Whoever enters the ship, learns loads about artificial intelligence while having lot of fun. There are 34 interactive activities on board.

The MS Science is still in Bonn until Sunday. Whoever enters the ship, learns loads about artificial intelligence while having lot of fun. There are 34 interactive activities on board.

Ahmad and Karl had imagined their first own car journey completely differently. "I wanted to race through the city", said the eleven-year-old Ahmad and cleared the driver's seat again. Together the two boys took off their reality glasses and got out. "The ride wasn't exciting," they criticized."It's not about fast driving," a pilot explained. "The vehicle is controlled by artificial intelligence. You should now evaluate whether you felt safe and comfortable during the ride.“

Shortly before the summer holidays on Wednesday many students took a trip into the world of science and technology. MS Wissenschaft has moored on the Rhine for this purpose.

On board there are 34 participatory activities on which visitors can familiarise themselves with artificial intelligence (AI): How does AI change our communication or our working world? What consequences does it have for each individual and for living together in society? What limits should there be for AI systems? These and other questions are addressed in the presentation, which attracted not only children and young people, but also many adults on board.

(This video is part of a cooperation between WDR and GA.)

AI is already omnipresent in everyday life. Be it in medicine, autonomous driving or research. However, on board the ship there is also plenty of fun. "It's not as easy as it looks," Vanessa almost despaired and tried her hand at virtual handball. She threw the ball perfectly after a short training period, but the 13-year-old failed to score with a teddy bear. "He won't let anything through," she said and gave up at some point.

In some interactive games, the youngsters also became thoughtful. At one station, they watched a cyber attack from a ship off Florida gradually paralyze large parts of Europe, Asia and Africa.

"That's frightening when you see how even the smallest pieces of information are evaluated, stored and disseminated by us," said the 14-year-old Paul after a tour of the exhibition.

(Original text: Gabriele Immenkeppel, Translation: Mareike Graepel)