Google launches free online course for AI & machine learning

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Machine learning and AI are some of the biggest topics in the tech world right now, and Google is looking to make those fields more accessible to more people with its new Learn with Google AI website.

Google has been pursuing AI education for a while, both with advanced projects like TensorFlow and more playful projects like cat doodles and a machine vision experiment meant to showcase AI projects in more practical ways.

Google envisions the Learn with Google AI site serving as a repository for machine learning and AI, and it’s meant to be a hub for anyone looking to “learn about core ML concepts, develop and hone your ML skills, and apply ML to real-world problems.” The site will apparently cater to all levels of AI enthusiasts, from researchers looking for advanced tutorials to beginners.

Google’s Machine Learning Education Programme Manager Zuri Kemp said Google believes 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. This is for everyone — from deep ML experts looking for advanced developer tutorials and materials, to curious people who are ready to try to learn what ML is in the first place,” said Kemp.

Google’s engineering education team originally developed this fast-paced, practical introduction to ML fundamentals for Googlers.

So far, more than 18,000 Googlers have enrolled in MLCC, applying lessons from the course to enhance camera calibration for Daydream devices, build a virtual reality for Google Earth, and improve streaming quality at YouTube. MLCC’s success at Google has inspired to make it available to everyone.

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