Miami Dade College opens $6.5 million artificial intelligence center
(TNS) — When entering Miami Dade College new artificial intelligence center on its north campus on Tuesday, a college administrator asked a hologram named Sky to name the names of college administrators.
Without hesitation, Sky mentioned each director as the crowd around her chattered in awe. Sky is just one example of the innovation housed in the centre.
As part of its efforts to better prepare students and local residents for tech careersMiami Dade College and its foundation invested $6.5 million to build the 13,000 square foot center on the second floor of one of the campus buildings.
Miami Dade College Vice President of Innovation and Technology Partnerships Antonio Delgado said the center exemplifies the college’s commitment to providing the community with the resources needed to be part of the growing tech ecosystem. from Miami.
“It’s even more relevant to have this at Miami Dade College as a community college because we represent the community,” he said. “It’s an area that needs that spark, that opportunity, and the integration of jobs to come.”
Delgado practiced using the intelligence center’s virtual reality headsets that will be used for the lectures. During a demonstration of the center’s technological readiness, a university professor hosted a “class” in which participants joined Delgado and used virtual reality headsets to participate in a group discussion in a virtual space. Once in the 3D environment, their avatars interacted with the teacher.
The Knight Foundation, Miami-Dade County, City of Miami and other donors have a combined investment of $16 million in MDCTech to create college courses that will be implemented at the center, as well as scholarships for students in emerging technologies, professional development for faculty, and activities to support community engagement with artificial intelligence.
A room in the center is reserved for design thinking and robotics. Giorgio Corrado, deputy director of the lab, has been working with robotics in college for three years and used the Python programming language to program Pepper, a white robot capable of performing basic tactical tasks.
Kinga Parrott, IBM AI technology strategist on the college’s artificial intelligence advisory board, said training students in the technology will prepare them for the innovation of tomorrow. She does not expect artificial intelligence to replace human workers. Instead, she sees it as a way to improve their work.
“We all use it everywhere,” she said. “We shouldn’t be afraid to learn it. AI can support humans, not replace us.
The North Campus AI Center between Hialeah and Opa-locka is the first of two planned at the college. The second will be built at its Wolfson campus in downtown Miami.
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