Greek MP proposes Artificial Intelligence to be introduced in schools

Greece has recently been in the European spotlight for accelerating its efforts in digital transformation of government services amidst the recent coronavirus crisis.

A 33-year-old MP proposed in a plenary session last week, the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) modules in Greek public schools. Konstantinos Kyranakis, elected in 2019, has also served as president of the “Youth of the European People’s Party”, and has initiated a big debate on how artificial intelligence can be used beneficially as part of Greek student’s curricula.

The conversation about how to educate European kids so as to prepare them for the potential technological advancements of the coming decade has been an ongoing venture in many Brussels based institutions for many years, without though reaching substantial results. It seems as though no EU member states has shown serious commitment to compete with the United States or China in AI investments.

If Greece manages to become the first member state to introduce AI in its public school system, and therefore reinforce its future generation with the ability to invest in technology, the Mitsotakes center-right government could surprise its European counterparts on this topic.

It will be as if the world had created a second China, made not of billions of people and millions of factories, but of algorithms and humming computers. Pwc, a professional-services firm, predicts that artificial intelligence will add $16trn to the global economy by 2030. The total of all activity—from banks and biotech to shops and construction—in the world’s second-largest economy was just $13trn in 2018, The Economist pointed out.