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Hey, Alexa, What Should Students Learn About A.I.?

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Students at Dearborn STEM Academy in Boston recently participated in an Amazon-led workshop where they learned to program Alexa, the company’s virtual assistant.

Credit: Sophie Park/The New York Times

Rohit Prasad, a senior Amazon executive, had an urgent message for ninth and 10th graders at Dearborn STEM Academy, a public school in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood.

He had come to the school on a recent morning to observe an Amazon-sponsored lesson in artificial intelligence that teaches students how to program simple tasks for Alexa, Amazon's voice-activated virtual assistant. And he assured the Dearborn students there would soon be millions of new jobs in A.I.

"We need to create the talent for the next generation," Mr. Prasad, the head scientist for Alexa, told the class. "So we are educating about A.I. at the earliest, grass-roots level."

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