AAAI Publications, Second AAAI Symposium on Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence

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Science Fiction as an Introduction to AI Research
Judy Goldsmith, Nicholas Mattei

Last modified: 2011-08-04


The undergraduate computer science curriculum is generally focused on skills and tools;  most students are not exposed to much  research in the field, and do not learn how to navigate the research literature.  We describe how science fiction reviews were used as a gateway to research reviews.  Students learn a little about current or recent research on a topic that stirs their imagination, and learn how to search for, read critically, and compare technical papers on a topic related their chosen science fiction book, movie, or TV show.

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