Singapore offers free A.I. training to 12,000 citizens and executives

Singapore offers free A.I. training to 12,000 citizens and executives

NEWSBYTE The democratisation of artificial intelligence (AI) is continuing apace in Singapore, thanks to a new government initiative.

From 30 August, secondary students and working adults in the country are being give the opportunity to learn the basics of AI for free, as part of a new programme called AI for Everyone (AI4E).

The government is targeting 10,000 participants. It aims to familiarise them with the technology and help them understand how it can be used in their daily lives, according to the minister for Communications and Information, S Iswaran.

By stressing the enormous potential of the technology and its many benefits, the government is also hoping to dispel fears that AI will replace human jobs in the future.

AI4E takes the form of a three-hour workshop on AI and data science, in a programme that will run regularly for three years, with supporting materials provided by Microsoft and Intel.

The government is also running a separate initiative, AI for Industry (AI4I), which is targeting 2,000 executives with a three-month foundation course on the technology, backed by the same partners.

Internet of Business says

The aim of providing free AI education to thousands of citizens and in-depth training to business executives is a bold one, which Internet of Business hopes will be emulated elsewhere.

Chris Middleton
Chris Middleton is former editor of Internet of Business, and now a key contributor to the title. He specialises in robotics, AI, the IoT, blockchain, and technology strategy. He is also former editor of Computing, Computer Business Review, and Professional Outsourcing, among others, and is a contributing editor to Diginomica, Computing, and Hack & Craft News. Over the years, he has also written for Computer Weekly, The Guardian, The Times, PC World, I-CIO, V3, The Inquirer, and Blockchain News, among many others. He is an acknowledged robotics expert who has appeared on BBC TV and radio, ITN, and Talk Radio, and is probably the only tech journalist in the UK to own a number of humanoid robots, which he hires out to events, exhibitions, universities, and schools. Chris has also chaired conferences on robotics, AI, IoT investment, digital marketing, blockchain, and space technologies, and has spoken at numerous other events.