#AskAboutAI: Informing Educators, Parents and Policymakers About Life With Smart Machines

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have more influence on the lives and livelihoods of young people over the next few decades than any other factor. While AI will help address our most pressing problems, it has the potential to exacerbate gaps in society and pose existential threats.

We are at a pivotal moment in time to disseminate the wide swept advanced technologies that are occurring in the technology sector and create the impactful connection to education and how we can transform the classroom.

It’s a good time for parents and teachers to #AskAboutAI. Sponsored by eduInnovation and powered by Getting Smart, this campaign will investigate the implications that AI will have on employment, learning and ethical issues–a conversation around how we can shape a future that works for everyone.

The #AskAboutAI Initiative has four objectives:

1. Jobs: Predict labor market impacts including types of jobs and job competencies by 2030.

2. Civics: Identify emerging ethical and social issues that educators, parents and policymakers should begin addressing.

3. Skills: Advise educators, parents and policymakers on knowledge, skills and dispositions likely to be important in the automation economy.

4. Impact: Illustrate new impact pathways that combine domain expertise with data science (we call it cause + code)

We are encouraged by recent developments of initiatives that will investigate and steer AI in a positive direction. #AskAboutAI will serve as a bridge to K-12 and higher education between these important initiatives.

  • OpenAI: A San Francisco-based nonprofit artificial intelligence research company, whose mission is to build safe AI, and ensure AI’s benefits are widely and evenly distributed as possible.
  • AI100: Stanford created a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play.
  • Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund: Created by Reid Hoffman, Pierre Omidyar, Harvard, MIT and the Knight and Hewlett foundations, the AI Fund will sponsor research and public events.
  • Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence: Focused on impact research and engineering.
  • The Partnership on AI: The org was established to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society.
  • Future of Life Institute: Its mission is to catalyze and support research and initiatives for safeguarding life and developing optimistic visions of the future, including positive ways for humanity to steer its own course considering new technologies and challenges.


As we continue to explore the impact of artificial intelligence on our everyday lives and livelihood, we will begin accepting guest blog and topic idea submissions to be included in the #AskAboutAi campaign. Specifically, we are seeking contributions that address the following questions:

1. Jobs: How will AI change employment–jobs and job competencies–by 2030?

2. Civics: What ethical and social issues should educators, parents and policymakers should begin addressing?

3. Skills: What knowledge, skills and dispositions are likely to be important in the automation economy?

4. Impact: How can young people combine domain expertise with data science to make a difference?

To submit blogs, topic ideas, relevant reports, photos or podcast ideas, please send to [email protected].

To learn more about the blogs and podcasts that we’ve already begun sharing for the #AskAboutAI campaign, check out the following blogs:


Sample Tweets:

Our #AskAboutAI campaign investigates the implications of AI on employment, education and ethics. For more, visit our series page.

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Getting Smart Staff

The Getting Smart Staff believes in learning out loud and always being an advocate for things that we are excited about. As a result, we write a lot. Do you have a story we should cover? Email [email protected]

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