The topic of artificial intelligence has been and continues to be an engaging one. Research analysts and scientists alike claim that this is one area of technology that will be an integral part of our daily lives. Just like we can’t live without air, food, or water, pretty soon, we won’t be able to live without artificial intelligence.
Andrew Ng, who previously worked with Google and Baidu, has been working extensively in the field of artificial intelligence. He recently initiated a learning platform for aspiring professionals in the field. Ng will provide an online course to teach professionals the concept of deep learning, a very popular component of artificial intelligence. The course materials are available on deeplearning.ai a subsidiary of Ng’s online platform, Coursera.
According to Ng’s vision, artificial intelligence will pave the way for transformation in our lives. It will be responsible for ushering in low cost transportation, healthcare services and solutions with high end quality and personalized education system.
If we look at the implication for business, artificial intelligence has already made an impact on image recognition, machine translation, and speech recognition. However, the challenge in adapting the technology on a global scale is the void of skilled manpower with the capability of implementing and working in the field. There is a dearth of highly skilled AI professionals. Because of this, Ng has come up with the idea of providing courses in AI to help professionals empower themselves with the right knowledge and tools. Ng indicated that people who want to take up these courses must have knowledge of basic programming techniques.
It has been 6 years since Ng started the initial platform to provide courses on machine learning and over 2 million users have enrolled on those courses. Machine learning is a fundamental and basic version of artificial intelligence, however, according to Ng, deep learning requires skill. With huge importance, it is expected to demand heavy compensation among professionals who have mastered it. He indicated that the old school model of going to a college for 4 years and then becoming a professional will turn into a passing fad and might not work going forward.
The online learning mode might be a better option for individuals who want to add new skills to their portfolio and improve their resume, without compromising their work schedule. This could prove to be very helpful for businesses who want staff to learn new skills that are profitable in the 21st century.