artificial intelligence, n.
The capacity of computers or other machines to exhibit or simulate intelligent behaviour; the field of study concerned with this.
source: Oxford English Dictionary
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become ingrained in the fabric of our society, often in seamless and pervasive ways that may escape our attention day-to-day. The ability of machines to sense, process information, make decisions and learn from experience is a transformative tool for organisations, from governments to big business. However, these technologies pose challenges, including social and ethical dilemmas.
This course focuses on real-world applications of AI to significant problems facing the 21st century, covering critical concepts like AI ethics and fairness, with examples from disaster planning, sustainable development, and human health. By focusing on diverse case studies, it helps develop a critical approach to AI applications, a recognition of practical and ethical challenges, a strategy to keep abreast of developments in AI, and an ability to generalise knowledge to new domains. It is aimed at a general audience, including professionals whose work brings them into contact with AI and those with no prior knowledge of AI.
This is part of a series of courses that aim to confer an appreciation of how AI has already transformed our world, explain the fundamental concepts and workings of AI, and equip us with a better understanding of how AI will shape our society so that we can converse fluently in the language of the future.