Modular online programme will help participants understand the potential and limits of artificial intelligence.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a fast changing and highly debated area of technology that holds great potential in all sectors of the economy. However, it is often misunderstood, with nearly 60% of all news articles on AI focusing on new initiatives or products*, rather than its impact on our lives and the world of work.
To shine a light on this ever evolving technology, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford is launching a new programme in spring 2019 that will help participants gain a sound understanding of its mechanics, as well as its potential and limitations.
The programme will be led by Matthias Holweg, American Standard Companies Professor of Operations Management, a lean sigma black belt whose award-winning research explores the evolution and adaption of process improvement methodologies, with a focus on digital operations.
Professor Holweg commented: ‘Data is playing an increasing role in our lives, and therefore also in the world of business. AI provides us with the tools we need to use this data to enhance existing products and processes, and create new ones. It is a powerful tool that is transforming business in all sectors, so firms cannot afford to ignore it. However, the hype that surrounds it also creates overinflated expectations. To understand the true potential that AI can have in any given context, it is vital to open up the "black box" and understand what it can and cannot do.’
The six module programme, which has been created in collaboration with GetSmarter, will provide participants with empirical research from the wider University of Oxford, as well as real-life case studies surrounding AI implementation in order to help them think critically about its ethical, legal, and societal implications.