What is AI Literacy? Competencies and Design Considerations

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Title: What is AI Literacy? Competencies and Design Considerations
Author: Duri Long and Brian Magerko, Georgia Tech


Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly integrated in user-facing technology, but public understanding of these technologies is often limited. There is a need for additional HCI research investigating a) what
competencies users need in order to effectively interact with and critically evaluate AI and b) how to design learnercentered AI technologies that foster increased user understanding of AI. This paper takes a step towards realizing both of these goals by providing a concrete definition of AI literacy based on existing research. We synthesize a variety of interdisciplinary literature into a set of core competencies of AI literacy and suggest several design considerations to support AI developers and educators in creating learner centered AI. These competencies and design considerations are organized in a conceptual framework thematically derived from the literature. This paper’s contributions can be used to start a conversation about and guide future research on AI literacy within the HCI community.


Duri Long and Brian Magerko. What is AI Literacy? Competencies and Design Considerations. Accepted to Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020) (24.3% acceptance rate, Best Paper Honorable Mention).