“A lot of museum exhibits are hands-on, but not all of them have an interactive AI layer that guides users through basic principles,” Yanier said.
In a study published in SciencesThe NoRILLA team found that American children who encountered hands-on exhibits with this additional AI interaction were Four times more engaged In the experiment of those who did not use artificial intelligence.
NoRILLA has been used in museums, school districts, and informal learning programs across the United States, but the exhibition at CaixaForum Valencia is its first exposure to an international audience.
“We were not sure how people outside the United States would interact with it, and whether people in Spain had the same requirements or needs,” Yanier said.
She worked closely with museum facilitators, who helped translate NoRILLA into Spanish and Catalan. Although NoRILLA is geared towards children, it attracted museum visitors of all ages during the grand opening in Valencia.
Yanire said, who went to Spain to attend the opening (Pictured sitting in the museum).
Carles Sierra, director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute of Spain’s National Research Council and a member of the exhibition’s selection committee, said their goal is to showcase powerful and successful technologies that will help visitors imagine how education can be improved when AI mediated.
“We wanted students, teachers, and the general public to understand the possibilities that these systems offer for adaptive and collaborative learning,” Sierra said. “Overall, NoRILLA is an excellent example of how AI can be effective in learning. It is a clear use of non-intrusive computer vision technologies for educational purposes.”
Moreover, NoRILLA also helps educate the public about what AI can do.
“Some visitors have commented that they are usually afraid of AI and robots,” Yanier said. But when they saw our exhibit, they said, “Oh, AI can be good for people.” It changes the way they think.”
The exhibition is scheduled to run for a year at CaixaForum Valencia. Meanwhile, Yannier said plans are underway to continue spreading the technology in both formal and informal learning environments in the United States and internationally. In addition to the interactive earthquake table, the researchers also created a unit that helps kids explore speed and speed by racing cars down slopes.