Artificial intelligence (AI) has arrived. With it, nearly every aspect of modern society has been disrupted, spanning across business, finance, marketing, politics, media, transportation, science, agriculture, medicine, and the arts. From the simplicity of a spam filter to the complexity of driving,
from the originality of composing music to the technicality of medical diagnosis, and from the scale of
running a search engine to the personalization of movie recommendations, AI is transforming our
everyday lives. This course focuses on building an understanding of the foundational concepts of modern artificial intelligence. The course will start by focusing on simple questions like “what is AI?” “what does it mean for machines to ‘learn’?” and “where is AI being applied in everyday life?” Then, we will delve into the mathematics of artificial intelligence, present several classes of machine learning algorithms designed to solve problems, and see how these algorithms can be applied to have a transformative impact. The course will cover state-of-the-art AI, including supervised learning and reinforcement learning using deep neural networks. Finally, we will consider the implications of
deploying an autonomous system into the real world and discuss the fairness and ethics of AI.