Date
22 June 2018
Google has launched an online resource hub for people seeking to advance their knowledge on aspects related to artificial intelligence and machine learning. Photos: Bloomberg, Google
Google has launched an online resource hub for people seeking to advance their knowledge on aspects related to artificial intelligence and machine learning. Photos: Bloomberg, Google

Google offers free online AI and machine learning classes

During the #MadeWithAI event last year, Google had vowed to open up its internal staff training course so that members of the public can study machine learning technology on their own.

The tech giant has kept its promise, as it recently made its artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning courses available online, free-of-charge to everyone, through a Learn with Google AI platform.

The site provides an opportunity for people to gain insight and skills on machine learning, model development, platform development and so on. One doesn’t need to have any foundational knowledge of AI to try their hand at learning new things. 

Among other courses in its Learn with Google AI page, the Machine Learning Crash Course (MLCC) is drawing the most attention, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Developed by Google’s engineering education team, the MLCC course currently supports many languages including Chinese, English, Spanish, French and Korean.

The course is based off an internal Google course that was originally designed to help give Google employees a practical introduction to AI and machine learning fundamentals, according to tech news website The Verge.

About 18,000 Google staffers are said to have signed up for the course. The skills learnt were put to use during various projects including enhancing camera calibration to Daydream headsets, creating virtual reality (VR) for Google Earth, and to intelligently boost the streaming quality of YouTube videos.

This MLCC course has been so successful that Google decided to make it accessible to the public.

The course consists of 25 lessons, totaling 15 hours. It covers interactive visualizations of algorithms in action and features lectures from Google researchers, apart from real-world case studies and about 40 exercises.

Google wanted to “help everyone understand how AI can solve challenging problems”, so it created a resource called “Learn with Google AI”, a Google AI executive said in a company blog post.

The site offers ways to learn about core machine learning concepts, develop and sharpen users’ machine learning skills, and apply machine learning to cope with real-world problems, he said.

In addition to the MLCC, the website contains resources such as glossary for machine learning and information on various AI concepts.

The MLCC is the first of what Google intends to be many courses and resources available through the new hub, according to The Verge.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on March 6

Translation by Jonathan Chong with additional reporting

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