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Vacation spot AI, a free on-line course to know and demystify AI

The Institut Montaigne, the Abeona Foundation and Open Classrooms had teamed up to offer an online training program in French: Objectif IA. They have joined UNESCO to offer a new free online course available in French and English: Destination AI, which aims to discover and understand the risks and benefits of AI for our society.

Today, more than half of companies have implemented AI projects, while many people still lack a basic knowledge of the nature of AI, its risks, benefits, and potential impact. At the same time, there are few young girls in tech and science jobs, few women in science jobs, Destination IA aims to fill these gaps to enable the next generation to appropriately utilize the possibilities of AI. .

Tanya Perelmuter from the Abeona Foundation says:

“Young people understand the technology because they play on their phones, but they don’t necessarily understand the privacy implications or the risks involved. Young people are even more exposed because they use AI in more diverse ways: if they don’t know what they are doing, they are at great risk. »

Target AI: Understand how AI works to better identify challenges and opportunities

Like Objectif IA, this approx. 6-hour course is aimed at everyone, especially students and professionals in the private or public sector, who want to benefit from the possibilities of AI.

Proposed by UNESCO, Institut Montaigne, OpenClassrooms, an online training website, and the Abeona Foundation, an association working for equity in data science, it received support from AFD, AWS, Hub France IA, Ingenico, L’Oréal , La Poste, Michelin, PwC, Orange, Sanofi and Systemis.

The course consists of 12 modules covering topics such as the risks, benefits and societal impact of AI, as well as the phases of an AI-based project and the fundamentals of machine learning.

The course authors

Anna Choury and Benjamin Ejzenberg are the co-authors of this course:

  • Anna Chouri is a mathematician and CEO of Maathics, a collective of researchers working on ethical AI. With her team, she has developed a tool that detects bias and discrimination in AI algorithms. She is also a speaker at TedX and champions diversity in tech.
  • Benjamin Ejzenberg, a data science and AI consultant in Montreal, helps clients make better use of their data and solve complex business problems using AI. Passionate about education, he has contributed to the development of several online courses.


AI experts answer questions about the current state of AI and its future:

  • Yann Le CunAI and Computer Vision Researcher, 2019 Turing Award Winner;
  • Julia OwonoExecutive Director of Internet Without Borders;
  • Anne BouverotFounder of the Abeona Foundation;
  • Stuart RussellProfessor at the University of California.

The course first helps to identify AI applications by giving a brief overview using everyday examples, explaining what AI is and how it will affect people’s lives every day, and considering future applications. This part also allows you to become familiar with and demystify the key concepts of AI, especially Big Data.

Tanja Perelmuter explains:

“We start by demystifying AI and explaining what it is not. This is important: If you walk up to someone on the street and ask them what AI is, you will get very different definitions. We must begin to dispel the myth. »

The second part examines the impact of AI on the workplace and society at large.

Milo Rignell, Digital Program Manager at Institut Montaigne says:

“The second part provides an insight into the potential of AI by addressing very real risks people face in everyday life and the fear that AI systems will one day replace their jobs. It is very important not to define AI only as a technical abstraction. »

The last part of the course allows you to get acquainted with it machine learningthe deep learning and deals with the practical implementation of an AI project.

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