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Coursera to introduce course on Artificial Intelligence

The course will be taught by Andrew Ng, one of the foremost researchers in Artificial Intelligence.

, ET Bureau|
Nov 23, 2018, 07.48 PM IST
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BENGALURU: Online learning platform Coursera is set to introduce an ‘AI for everyone’ course for non-technical business leaders to navigate the rise of artificial intelligence (AI).

The course will be taught by Andrew Ng, one of the foremost researchers in AI, who previously led the deep learning research teams at Google and Baidu.

“Most aspiring CEOs are faced with questions on how to structure their AI teams, how to decide on what AI projects to work on, what not to work on and how to align their company's strategy with AI of the future. This course is for those non-technical business leaders in all roles to understand AI opportunities,” said Andrew Ng, Co-founder of Coursera.

The course will go live by January 2019 and is likely to be a three-week course with learners spending 2-3 hours a week. Ng said that the rise of the internet gave rise to new job roles, which is going to be the case with the future of AI as well.

“To navigate the rise of AI, we will need AI rich talent - something we do not have enough. It also requires business leaders in all roles to understand AI opportunities. Everything from agriculture, manufacture to food, marketing - have to navigate the rise of digital,” said Ng.

The "AI for Everyone" course will also teach executives, through multiple anecdotes, on what today's AI can and cannot do. Ng said that the course can help people understand what they should not try to do with AI. It caters to everyone from a C-suite executive, project manager, marketer, recruiter, head of operations and the like.

“Some of the things we will cover are: What are the major AI technologies? what is machine learning? what is data science? Help business learners understand how to fix machine learning (ML) in their companies. Understand how starting an ML project is different from how you start a software engineering project and the like,” Ng said.

The 'AI for everyone' course is produced by Deeplearning.ai, a team of five with Ng at the helm working towards making AI educational material accessible to starters.

Coursera has 36 million registered learners globally, with over 1400 enterprise partnerships and 2700 active courses on its platform. India is the second largest market for Coursera in terms of individual learners and enterprises.

The top five courses in India are machine learning by Stanford University, programming for everybody (getting started with Python) by University of Michigan, neural networks and deep learning by deeplearning.ai, algorithms, part I by Princeton University, and learning how to learn by University of California.

Other courses include bitcoin and cryptocurrency technologies by Princeton University, introduction to data science in Python by the University of Michigan, python data structures by the University of Michigan, convolutional neural networks by deeplearning.ai and improving deep neural networks: hyperparameter tuning, and regularization and optimization by deeplearning.ai.

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