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Dr Dheeraj Mehrotra's Books Get Listed On 'Best AI Basics Books of All Time'

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Dr Dheeraj Mehrotra's Books Get Listed On 'Best AI Basics Books of All Time'

Two books on Artificial Intelligence authored by an Indian educator named Dr Dheeraj Mehrotra have been listed among the top 9 books on Basics of Artificial Intelligence by BookAuthority Organisation. (BookAuthority identifies and rates the best books in the world, based on recommendations by thought leaders and experts.)

Dr Mehrotra is a National Awardee, who’s been writing on various topics including Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence for decades now. (He can be reached at www.authordheerajmehrotra.com)

Synopsis of the two featured books:

Basics Of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

The concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML) has been in practice for over years with the advent of technological progress. Over time, it has blended our lives through nearly every narration of learning, teaching, enjoyment, normal routine operations and whatnot. The aspect delivers a common understanding of the topics with reference to it making an impact on our lives, with a better framework of technology affecting our lives in particular. Let us look up to science for a change to be brought about in us. Let us create awareness of making technology available to people, in a broader sense.

As that happens, people who are responsible need to be told about the use and misuse of the same. As we lead our lives, we come across the fact that AI, Robotics and Learning Machines seem to be the household topic of discussion. Earlier, AI was perceived to be reserved for only ‘Geniuses’ or ‘Researchers’ or the ‘computer’ community, but it very aptly integrates and impacts each and every aspect of our lives. Knowingly or unknowingly, it has become intellectually influential in shaping our thoughts, actions and day-to-day chores.

AI Basics For School Students

The book targets the learning of concepts as prescribed by the CBSE. The objective of the module is to develop a readiness for understanding and appreciating Artificial Intelligence and its application in our lives. The units dwelled include Excite, Relate, Purpose, Possibilities and AI Ethics which are set to empower the kids to identify and appreciate AI and describe its applications in daily life and to apply and reflect on the Human-Machine Interactions.

Excerpts from ScooNews’ conversation with Dr Mehrotra:

What is the right age to introduce children to subjects like AI and machine learning?

Kids are super-powered and are always hungry for knowledge. I believe the right age is class 1 onwards where we teach them about the environment around. Since AI is clubbed with everyday things and the way they lead the life, the beauty of technology can be shared in an experiential learning method right away.

This list comprises of writers from around the world. What’s your take-back from this victory?

As an Indian educator, I believe learning should be a hobby. Being a computer science teacher with an experience of over 14 years at City Montessori School, Lucknow, I have migrated as an author as well. I believe a subject like Artificial Intelligence is an upgrade to life skills learning. As an author of Computer Science Books, taking recognition of being an AI-recognised author is again a pride. I look forward to working for this field more for now.

My class VIII/IX/X books are also on Amazon for the same subject and I am looking forward to training more and more teachers and students to take this as a life skill rather than just a knowledge base.

The year 2020 is all about virtual/distance learning, how can educators use online platforms to develop interest among kids in this subject. 

Well, for sure the year 2020 has been all about virtual and cloud-based learning. It has given a lot of impetus to the learning standards globally. A simple example like Google experiments on AI has been contributing a great learning base online for the kids globally for understanding and experiencing the Artificial Intelligence in particular. Two suggested links are https://code.org/oceans and https://experiments.withgoogle.com/collection/ai.

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