A New MIT Initiative to
Innovate Learning and Education in the Era of AI

Responsible AI for Social Empowerment and Education

Artificial Intelligence is transforming our personal and professional lives. Around the world, governments, companies, and institutions are proclaiming that we are entering the “era of AI” with the rapid development of intelligent devices that can recognize faces and interact via speech, robots that can work alongside people to help automate warehouse logistics and manufacture goods, algorithms that can generate novel photo realistic images and music, computers that can provide decision support to clinicians to help detect cancer more reliably, and so much more. In every feat that AI can do, however, there lurks potential for misuse and the spreading of inequity. AI education can help change that.

As computers continue to automate more routine tasks, AI education is a key enabler to future opportunities where success depends increasingly on intellect, creativity, empathy, and having the right skills and knowledge. Being digitally literate is no longer sufficient in the era of AI. People now need to be AI literate to fully understand the responsible use of AI. Also, the future AI workforce needs to become far more diverse and inclusive, and trained to develop responsible solutions using AI.

RAISE (Responsible AI for Social Empowerment and Education) is a new MIT-wide initiative headquartered in the MIT Media Lab and in collaboration with the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing and MIT Open Learning.

In the face of this accelerating change, our research and impact mission is to advance equity in learning, education and computational action to rethink and innovate how to holistically and equitably prepare diverse K-12 students, an inclusive workforce, and lifelong learners to be successful, responsible, and engaged in an increasingly AI-powered society.

MIT Media Lab Schwarzman College of Computing MIT Open Learning

AI Literacy in K-12

Computational thinking is recognized as a new literacy for the 21st century. AI literacy is also becoming recognized as important for STEAM education on a global scale. We are collaborating with schools, education nonprofits, and industry to develop and disseminate K-12 AI education programs to serve students, teachers, and families worldwide.

AI for Vocational-Technical and Adult Education.

Vocational-technical (vo-tech) students and adult learners need to understand and apply AI concepts and practices so they can engage in rewarding professional opportunities in the growing AI-economy. Our goal is to create new AI Career Pathways for vo-tech schools as well as to drive innovation towards continuous agile adult education programs in AI.

AI Supported Learning in the Classroom

There is an opportunity to incorporate AI into the classroom in a personalized and emotionally compelling way that is effective, scalable and affordable. Such technologies should empower teachers and engage students while respecting privacy and being mindful of broader social implications.

Inclusivity and Creativity in the Era of AI

Developing high-tech solutions to complex problems requires creativity, social intelligence, critical thinking, ethical judgement, and working as part of a team with diverse perspectives and expertise. Creative activities and designing with compassion brings meaning, purpose and joy to people’s lives.


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We engage in multidisciplinary, iterative, and evidence-based research with diverse stakeholders to create new technologies, activities, practices and programs for real-world impact in homes, schools, afterschool programs and online communities.

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mail : raise-info@mit.edu

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