On Thursday 12th October, 9 students from the Sixth Form attended the Royal Institution Youth Summit, held at the National STEM Learning Centre in York.
By Luca Q, Lower Sixth student
The event’s purpose was to gather the opinions of young people, assisting the writing of the annual ‘Christmas Lectures’. This year’s topic is Artificial Intelligence.
In the morning, we heard from a variety of experts as they gave talks on interesting topics about applications of AI in fields such as scientific research and business. There were also talks focused on ‘AI and your rights’, and ‘AI and your voice’. These greatly informed us on the role AI may play in society, and some of the concerns related to it. We also had the chance to see a live demonstration of ‘Miro’, an AI-powered experimental pet from the University of Sheffield.
In the afternoon, each student got to choose two discussion groups to attend, themed around the mornings’ talk topics. We had the opportunity to converse with other students from across the country, as well as the experts giving the talks. At the end of the day a feedback session was held, where we were able to share our thoughts with the team writing the Christmas Lectures.