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Google’s e-learning program opens door for AI to all

MACHINE LEARNING (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are among the biggest buzzwords in the world of tech right now, and Google is aiming to make these topics more accessible to people with the introduction of its  “Learn with Google AI” website.

The aim of the Learn with Google AI site is to be a hub for AI-enthusiasts looking to “learn about core ML concepts, develop and hone your ML skills, and apply ML to real-world problems.”

Working on AI education is not a new venture for Google. The company has developed advanced projects like TensorFlow, a machine learning software designed to give individuals and small companies the tools needed to build an AI product.

It seems that Google’s new program caters to everyone, from deep ML experts looking for upper-level developer tutorials and materials, to ML-newbies who want some enlightenment on what the tech actually is.

“We believe it’s important that the development of AI reflects as diverse a range of human perspectives and needs as possible. So, Google AI is making it easier for everyone to learn ML by providing a huge range of free, in-depth educational content,” Zuri Kemp, Programme Manager for Google’s machine learning education, said in a statement.

The website also offers a free course called Machine Learning Crash Course (MLCC). It consists of a variety of exercises, interactive visualizations, and video tutorials from Google researchers designed to help teach ML concepts. The course is listed as roughly 15 hours.

The free course was actually originally built for the company’s own employees, and so far, over 18,000 Googlers have rolled onto the program. The soaring success of the program within the company is what inspired Google to make it available to everyone.

Though the course is free to use and designed for beginners with no ML experience needed, Google has outlined a few requirements for those interested in it. This includes having an introductory level of algebra and an understanding of advanced math concepts such as logarithms and derivatives.

According to Google, the MLCC course will be the first of many courses and resources that will be made available through the hub.