Experience Artificial Intelligence at MOHAI’s “Artificial Intelligence” Exhibition | Fun

Exhibition review

Kids these days. They take spell checking for granted. Thanks to Alexa and Siri, they’ll never suffer the humiliation of not getting an immediate answer to every obscure question. They may not even have to learn to drive if autonomous vehicles catch on.

A new special exhibit at the Museum of History & Industry explores how AI has developed over the years and how it has affected our lives. “Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind and the Machine” runs until January 8. Seattle is the first West Coast stop for this traveling exhibit, created by the New York-based Relayer Group.

Artificial intelligence is the attempt to create machines that simulate human intelligence. You’ll see how AI is used to solve real-world problems and how it’s been portrayed in pop culture (such as C-3PO and WALL-E).

The exhibit is tucked away in a corner of the second floor of the MOHAI. When we entered, my first impression was… disappointing. You’re greeted by a crowd of text-heavy panels, which is hard for kids to digest. Then we noticed the screens – aha! – around the perimeter of the room and my kids were attracted like moths to a light.

I walked through the exhibit and dutifully read all of the copy; my kids just wanted to play on the screens, no surprise there. Their favorite interactive station was Pong, a basic video game where you play ping-pong against a machine that uses mathematical predictions of where the moving ball will land. The car is very good. When my kids finally beat the computer, they were so excited you’d think they’d won Olympic gold.

The facial analysis machine promises to guess your age, and I was ready to try it. When she guessed my age of 25-32, I was elated. (I’m 41.) Then I moved and he recalibrated my age as 4-6.

There’s the flattery, and then there’s the absurdity.

AI can be an amazing and mind boggling technology. But it’s not perfect. Sometimes it’s an exhilarating failure.

At a station demonstrating speech recognition, you speak into a microphone and AI will translate your speech into printed text. Except it’s easily confused. When “Let’s go to MOHAI” translated as “Let’s go higher”, we couldn’t stop laughing.

Other stations showcase the many uses of AI. AI can translate in real time: show it a story written in Russian and it immediately translates into English. AI can recognize landmarks: show it a photo and it will identify longitude and latitude. AI can create art: it will turn your video into a cubist portrait.

Most screens are practical; some play short videos. You can see what a self-driving car “sees,” or how an AI-programmed robotic animal figures out how to deal with obstacles.

As with most of the MOHAI, the AI ​​exhibit is best for children of school age and above, i.e. people who can read. The lonely child in the exhibit only managed to reach the rainbow piano’s AI and was quickly strapped to his stroller. FYI, there is a children’s play area on the third floor.

While MOHAI is a challenge for very young children, we have always loved exploring South Lake Union as a family. Insider tip: Parking is free all day on Sundays, and on Sunday mornings it’s usually not a problem to find a parking space in parking lots near MOHAI.

The kids always enjoy strolling the dock and looking at all the different boats. It’s fun to watch a hot tub boat drift away and a thrill to see seaplanes land and take off.

There’s a cute café inside the MOHAI that serves sandwiches, pastries and coffee for when you need fuel. Make a day of it. Just watch out for all the goose poop.

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