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 organizations, from governments to big business. However, these technologies pose challenges including social and ethical dilemmas.
This course provides an essential introduction to the key topics underpinning AI, including its historical development, theoretical foundations, basic architecture, modern applications, and ethical implications. The course investigates the future trajectory of AI and considers its potential for improving the world while highlighting pitfalls and limitations. 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. The course aims to confer an appreciation of the ways in which our world has already been transformed by AI, to explain the fundamental concepts and workings of AI, and to equip us with a better understanding of how AI will shape our society, so we can converse fluently in the language of the future.