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Intel Futurist Talks Robots at Mater Christi School 

Published April 4, 2014 at 1:21 p.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 7:55 p.m.

click to enlarge Brian David Johnson and Mater Christi students. - AMBIENT PHOTOGRAPHY
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As chief futurist for the microprocessor manufacturer Intel Corporation, Brian David Johnson spends his days forecasting how people will interact with computers 10 to 15 years from now.

So what was he doing with several dozen sixth graders in the Mater Christi School science lab this week?

Johnson, an energetic self-described nerd, came to Burlington to give a talk and visit classrooms at Champlain College, which recently formed a partnership with Mater Christi. (Erik Oliver, director of major and annual giving at Champlain College, is the president of Mater Christi’s Board of Trustees.) Johnson stopped in at the pre-K-through-eighth-grade Catholic school on Wednesday.

After explaining his work to the kids, Johnson made an emphatic declaration: “The fact of the matter is, the future isn’t fixed; the future is made by people everyday.”

He then asked the sixth graders to imagine what kind of robot they would create if they had the chance. How would they interact with the robot? What would they like the robot to be able to do?

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.


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