A computer science professor in California has started a course in artificial intelligence and parallel computing in an effort to get his students up to speed with the technologies that are shaping the future of computing.
The online course, called Beyond the AI War, was created by former professor of computer science and computer science education at the University of California, Berkeley, James Anderson, in a video he shared on Twitter on Monday.
In his course, Anderson says that “the biggest battle in computing will be between AI and artificial neural networks.”
In his introduction to the course, he explains how “AI is the next big thing, and the biggest threat to the future.”
“What’s going to happen is, if you have a billion or more computers, then AI will be able to do things that we have never seen before,” Anderson says.
“I am a believer that AI is here to stay.
And that means the problem with AI is that it is going to be a huge part of the future and we’re going to need to be prepared for it.”
The course, which Anderson calls the “most radical and radical course ever,” promises that “you can make computers smarter than you are, because the best AI is going at scale.”
In a statement to The American Conservatives, Anderson said that the course is “about creating an intellectual, collaborative environment that will be conducive to teaching a new generation of computer scientists the fundamentals of AI.”
“It’s a course about the history of AI and parallel computation, which will help students understand how the technology is advancing, as well as the impact it will have on the world,” he said.
In an interview with The American Prospect, Anderson noted that the idea for the course came from a group of researchers he had been studying with in the field of artificial intelligence.
The course will be available to students at the California State University, Northridge, from March 22 through April 5.
Anderson said he is “hopeful that the technology will be here by 2025” and that the “future is bright” for artificial intelligence, as “the vast majority of our jobs are at risk.”
“I think we are headed in the right direction,” he told the magazine.
“This course is not just about AI, it’s about the future, and I hope it inspires people to think about what they want to do in their careers, and how we should be preparing for this,” he added.
The California State of California will host the course from April 5 to May 8.
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