A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that JP Morgan Chase had hired former Carnegie Mellon University head of machine learning department Manuela Veloso as its new (and first!) head of artificial intelligence research. This clearly shows that JP Morgan takes AI seriously, as do most of major global big business players.
AI will only get more and more important in the future. In many IT jobs, it will someday become mandatory to have at least rudimentary knowledge about what AI is, how it works, and what it can do.To be honest and put things in the simplest of terms, I myself only know that the abbreviation AI stands for artificial intelligence. That’s about where my knowledge of this topics ends. But for those who, like me, call themselves IT professionals, learning about AI in addition to our present skills can only benefit us. In the future, earning a certification or documenting proven experience with AI might land you a job you couldn’t qualify for without such skills and knowledge.
Reading the WSJ article, I remembered reading something interesting in the Finnish media (Finland is my native and greatly missed country). It described a new open and free course entitled “Elements of AI.” This course was put together by the University of Helsinki and Reaktor, a Finnish consulting company, in cooperation with The Open University and mooc.fi. The course will be offered in English, in six parts. Each part is estimated to take 5 to 10 hours of your time. The course begins on on May 14th. Its lead instructor is Teemu Roos, an Associate Professor of Computer Science who specializes in Machine Learning and Data Science.
Here’s a breakdown of the modules in Elements of AI:
- What is AI?
- Solving Problems with AI
- Real world AI
- Machine learning
- Neural networks
Quote from Elements of AI website (http://www.elementsofai.com/):
The elements of AI is a free online course for everyone interested in learning what AI is, what is possible (and not possible) with AI, and how it affects our lives – with no complicated math or programming required. By completing the course you can earn a LinkedIn certificate. After taking the course, you will be able to:
- Understand some of the major implications of AI
- Think critically about AI news and claims
- Define and discuss what AI is
- Explain the methods that make AI possible
You may take the course at your own pace, although its organizers recommend completing it in about six weeks.
Check the Elements of AI website and sign up for the course. It’s free, 100% online, and by completing at least 50% of its exercises you can boost your LinkedIn profile with a certificate. For completing the course you will also get a PDF certificate emailed to you.
You never know, someday you might thank me for telling about this!
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.