The Education issue
Most individuals living in the Western world have smartphones, laptops, desktop computers, and a host of other gadgets to fulfill their technological needs. Children go to preschool, and then they receive a public education. Some get help from tutors or teachers after school, and many go on to college.
However, the same cannot be said of all places.
In fact, there are millions of children worldwide who don't (who can't) attend school. It is estimated that some 24 million children will never enter a school. Fortunately, there are people who are working to change that—to help fix education.
iCog Labs is an artificial intelligence research company that is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They are working to make an educational tablet for children who don't have access to proper schooling. And their tables have even incorporated advanced artificial intelligence systems (something that most students in the west can't boast about).
Ultimately, the AI is represented by human-like avatars. The avatars, which were designed in collaboration with leading American AI researcher Dr. Ben Goertzel, serve as a kind of 'teacher' by offering students information as well as motivational feedback.
However, to bring the tech to life, they need your help.
Making it a Reality
The team is hoping that their Yanetu AI Teaching Tablet wins the $10 million Grand Prize of the Global Learning XPrize, or one of the runner-up prizes, to conduct further research and development and create the tech.
Your donations could help get them there. You can learn more about the project in the video below, and you can head over to their Indiegogo to learn more.