Many NDP students rely on artificial intelligence (AI) to improve their performances in extracurriculars because the superior knowledge of AI helps to understand difficult concepts.

     To excel, one can analyze his or her performance through a very efficient and operative program: AI. It helps students at NDP to excel in many extracurriculars, such as football, robotics and chess, and it gives everyone of them a chance to find his or her passion.

     The football team uses AI by analyzing the opposing teams’ play calls and predicting what may occur next. It is a very useful tool that improves the coaching schemes and player productivity. 

     “We have someone filming the games from the top of the stands, and the film is uploaded to a program that the coaches can view on a tablet from the sidelines. This helps our coaches make game adjustments on both sides of the ball,” Senior Varsity Football Player Logan Schipansky said.

     While building robots, the Robotics Club uses AI by using sensors and detectors to help figure out where to place the pieces to make the robots more mobile and durable. Simulations can be conducted to process different methods of construction.

     AI also helps to analyze the most efficient way to build fast and sturdy robots: “Our team has been moving towards more computer sensors and detectors to enhance our productivity when competing,” Christopher Griffin, senior Robotics Club member, said.

     “While AI is pretty consistent with its actions and, for the most part, eliminates human error, it is also more expensive and sometimes does not account for things humans would when making decisions,” said Griffin.

     Humans often thrive off of instinct-based decision making, which is something that AI lacks. Because the robotics team often has to make unanticipated decisions to adjust the robots in a swift manner, it will be harder for AI to react the way students want.

     AI can also be very useful for chess because it is all about predicting moves and formulating strategic game plans: “AI can be used in chess for two ways that I know of: as an opponent and as a tool for analysis,” James Bushy, senior Chess Club member, said.

     AI is used as a simulation to draw out different outcomes during a match and as a program to learn how to formulate more efficient game plans. AI can see further ahead than the best human players in the world; this creates an experienced player to become even more skilled in different styles of play.

     “AI tends to play in a vastly different style than humans and have specific errors in their programming that can be exploited, both of which make them far too different from the human players that we play in tournaments,” said Bushy.

     Although AI may draw out a variety of different play styles that help improve the game of players, it may be predictable at times because of the specific software it is programmed to follow.

     Whether it be football, robotics or chess, AI plays a major role in improving the performance of students at NDP by creating an efficient learning environment.