Business leaders and managers from 39 countries have this week embarked upon Oxford Saïd’s first online artificial intelligence (AI) programme.
Delivered over six weeks, the Oxford Artificial Intelligence Programme is the only one of its kind to teach both the mechanics of AI, paired with the critical social, legal and ethical considerations of using AI in business.
The programme is unusual in that it brings together insights and research from both Saïd Faculty and leading thinkers in AI from departments across the University of Oxford, a world-class centre for AI research.
This eminent group includes Professor Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information and Director of the Digital Ethics Lab. He has worked closely on digital ethics with organisations such as the European Commission and the UK Cabinet Office and with multinational companies including Google, IBM and Microsoft.
Also featured are Professor Stephen Roberts, Professor of Machine Learning and Director of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance and Professor Charlotte Deane, Head of the Statistics Department and Professor of Structural Bioinformatics.
The aim of the course is for participants to develop a sound understanding of AI technology: its history, functionality and potential as well as its limitations. They should be able to use this knowledge to assess the implications and possibilities of AI application in their company and build a business case for its implementation.