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Understanding AI

Understanding AI

Learn what AI is, its strengths and weaknesses, and how to prepare oneself for an age of AI that is around the corner. Relevant even for those who "are not interested in technology", as those who understand it, will be better prepared.


26 April 2021


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About the Course

A course for children entering Grades 8, 9, 10 in 2021-22 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the world. AI will start taking more and more tasks away from humans. A whole bunch of skills will become irrelevant, and a brand new set of skills will be in demand. People who can learn the new skills quickly will thrive, while the others will be in trouble.

Even otherwise, more and more of our day-to-day activities will be controlled by or influenced by algorithms. All aspects of our life are being digitized and data is being captured, and much of these data are available to anybody who wants to do something with it. Which means that the most exciting technologies today (and the ones that are also the most successful) are the ones that can make sense of this data in a way humans can. Every company, from Google to Facebook to Netflix to Amazon to Flipkart are turning to AI for best results.

It is important for everyone to have an idea of what exactly AI is, the strengths and weaknesses of AI, and how to prepare for an age of AI. In this course, the facilitator will give a high level introduction to AI, and will address the following questions:

• What are Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

• How is it different from normal software and computers

• An overview of the most important different approaches to AI

• How they work (brief intuitive/conceptual overviews only)

• What types of problems they're best suited for, and

• What are some current applications that they're being used for

• The weaknesses of AI

• The problems caused by inappropriate use of AI

In the future, the people who understand AI and use it effectively will have a significant advantage over those who don’t. Even those who don’t see themselves as ‘interested in technology’ need to appreciate what AI is at a high level. This course is intended to get you started on the path.

About our Facilitator:

Rachit is an electronics engineer who has been designing analog circuits for the past decade. His work experience includes Cosmic Circuits and Cadence Design Systems (which acquired Cosmic Circuits), on the design of integrated circuits for audio codecs, serial interfaces, and phase locked loops amongst other things. He likes to spend his time on reading, understanding audio, building speakers, music, and sports.

Rachit has a Masters degree from the Centre For Electronic Design And Technology at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

Muralidhar (aka Murali) is senior mentor and course designer at GenWise with 20+ years of experience in the social sector. In addition to delivering Vocational Training to young adults, he is currently responsible for design, manufacturing and marketing operations at a traditional handicraft (wooden toys) enterprise near Bengaluru. Murali has also delivered training and professional development programs for secondary science teachers and 'making' skills to "gifted students" for around 4 years.

Murali has a bachelor's degree in Engineering from IIT Madras.

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