Microsoft is providing a new training course in artificial intelligence (AI) in order to compete with Google and improve the emerging technology.
The technology titan announced the AI program with the objective of narrowing the digital skills chasm, making the course available to Microsoft employees and the public.
The course will include a wide range of subjects and will encompass internal study programmes tailored to different products and teams, such as software engineers across a wide range of enterprise levels. The scheme will cover how to use data to train and build learning devices; a key input in developing and powering interactive bots.
The course consists of a series of nine online programmes, with each taking between 8 and 16 hours to complete. It concludes with a final project, adopting real-life scenarios and demonstrating how AI can be utilised within organisations.
The skills gap has been an on-going problem for employers across the digital industries and remains a hot topic among governing bodies, tech leaders and organisations. It is hoped that by enabling both the public and Microsoft employees to develop AI expertise, students will gain real-world experience. These job-ready skills for engineers in data science and AI should narrow the divide between basic knowledge and the expertise required in AI applications.
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