You don’t need to be a programmer to study AI

The Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam’s has created a new minor in Artificial Intelligence, providing students with a hands-on introduction to the technology that drives modern AI. 

The new course, starting in 2021, is specifically designed for students with no prior experience of computer programming or (university level) mathematics. The aim is to demystify preconceptions surrounding AI technology and its uses, and open up the subject to a much wider audience.

The intensive 5-month programme will help students get familiar with programming in Python and common data processing tools and techniques. 

Although it is not expected that all students will work with AI directly after the minor, they will have gained useful tools for understanding the implications of algorithms in the technology that increasingly surrounds us. This means they will be equipped to apply AI to solve a variety of problems across a broad range of industries.

Feeding the next generation of AI experts

Amsterdam is proving to be an effective living lab for AI solutions. With its digitally savvy population and thriving startup scene, it’s already an attractive place for tech talent. Considered one of the most AI-ready cities in the world, Amsterdam's expertise and innovations in the field are driven by a long tradition of collaboration between universities, hospitals, business and public organisations.

One of the many initiatives backed by this strong ecosystem is the AI Technology for People programme that is helping the region design and deploy ethical AI technology in healthcare, business innovation and citizen support. 

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