Academy of Finland  
Funding decision
Organisation University of Oulu
Project title Participatory AI with Schoolchildren (PAI-Z)
Applicant / Contact person Sharma, Sumita
Decision No. 340603
Decision date 03.06.2021
Funding period 01.09.2021 - 31.08.2024
Funding 237 940
Project description
Through a participatory approach, the research explores children’s perspectives on AI-based decision-making that impacts their everyday lives, now and in the future. This is conducted by critically examining the challenges towards AI, using design fiction where children consider and reimagine alternative technology presents and futures. There is little discussion with children on the limitations, inherent biases, and lack of diversity in current design and development of AI. Various global and national policy frameworks on Children and AI are being developed, however, the approaches are child-centered and not child-led, restricting children from affecting their own technology futures. This research contributes to ongoing work on Children and AI by including children as equal partners and empowering them to consider present and future challenges as experts of their own lives, with diverse interests, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.