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This program covers the potential benefits and challenges of Ethical and Sustainable Robust Artificial Intelligence; the basic process of Machine Learning (ML) – Building a Machine Learning Toolkit; the challenges and risks associated with an AI project, and the future of AI and Humans in work. The Foundation Certificate includes and expands on the knowledge taught in the BCS Essentials Certificate in AI.

This program covers the potential benefits; types of Artificial Intelligence; the basic process of Machine Learning (ML); the challenges and risks associated with an AI project, and the future of AI and Humans in work.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most disruptive technology since the internet came onto the scene. AI is transforming every aspect of how we manage projects from developing a business case, to planning the work, managing risk, and tracking performance.

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AI, or Artificial Intelligence, is the ability of a computer or a robot controlled by a computer to do tasks that are usually done by humans because they require human intelligence and discernment. It's essentially about creating machines that can think, learn, and adapt.

AI learns primarily through algorithms in a process called Machine Learning. It involves analyzing and learning from data to find patterns or make decisions. The more data the AI is exposed to, the better it becomes at its task. This can be through supervised learning (learning from labeled data), unsupervised learning (finding patterns in data), or reinforcement learning (learning through trial and error).

While AI is a broad concept that refers to machines capable of performing tasks that seem intelligent, Machine Learning (ML) is a subset of AI focused on the idea that systems can learn from data, identify patterns, and make decisions with minimal human intervention. ML is the method through which we achieve many AI functions, using statistical techniques to enable machines to improve at tasks with experience.

Generative AI is a type of AI that can generate new content, whether it’s text, images, or music. It learns from a vast amount of existing material and then uses that knowledge to create original, plausible new outputs. It’s like teaching a computer to be creative based on patterns it has learned from existing works.

Currently, AI cannot "think" like humans in a comprehensive way. AI systems excel at processing large amounts of data and recognizing patterns within this data much faster than humans. However, they lack consciousness, emotions, and the ability to understand context in the way humans do. AI's decision-making is based on data and algorithms, and it does not possess the human aspects of thought, such as intuition and reasoning based on emotional intelligence.

There are mainly two types of AI: Narrow AI and General AI.

Narrow AI, also known as Weak AI, is designed for specific tasks such as voice recognition or image recognition and is the type of AI predominantly seen today (e.g., Siri, Alexa).

General AI, also known as Strong AI, refers to systems that possess the ability to perform any intellectual task that a human can do. General AI is still a theoretical concept and not yet achieved.

AI has numerous applications in daily life. Personal assistants like Siri and Alexa help in performing tasks through voice commands. Recommendation systems on platforms like Netflix or Amazon personalize user experience by suggesting products or content. Autonomous vehicles use AI to interpret sensory data to identify appropriate navigation paths. AI is also used in fraud detection, medical diagnoses, and even in smart home devices for energy efficiency.

Ethical considerations in AI include issues like privacy, bias, transparency, and job displacement. Ensuring AI systems respect user privacy and data security is vital. AI systems can also reflect or amplify biases present in their training data, so it's important to develop AI in a way that is fair and unbiased. Transparency in AI processes helps in building trust and understanding its decision-making. Moreover, as AI automates tasks, there are concerns about job displacement, highlighting the need for policies to manage economic and social impacts.

Healthcare: AI is used for diagnostic procedures, personalized medicine, and drug discovery.

Finance: AI aids in fraud detection, algorithmic trading, and personalized customer service.

Transportation: Self-driving cars and optimization of logistics and delivery services.

Retail: AI provides personalized shopping experiences and inventory management.

Entertainment: AI curates personalized content recommendations in streaming services and video games.

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