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Introduction To Artificial Intelligence - New On edX
Source: Sue Gee




Microsoft has just launched a new, free, self-paced course on the edX platform. Introduction to Artificial Intelligence sets out to show how Machine Learning provides the foundation for AI, and how you can use cognitive services in your apps.

The course    will take an estimated 3-4 hours per week for four weeks, including lectures from Microsoft Learning Experience's Graeme Malcolm, further reading, hands-on labs, and assessments. You have until the course end date, December 31st, to complete all its graded coursework.

According to edX, students will learn how to:

        Build simple machine learning models with Azure Machine Learning;
        Use Python and Microsoft cognitive services to work with text, speech, images, and video;
        Use the Microsoft Bot Framework to implement conversational bots.

All of this complements the developments Microsoft has made in what was originally known as Project Oxford and has since become Microsoft Cognitive Services and with conversational bots, including Cortana.

There are no programming prerequisites, but Python experience might help, as would an understanding of variables, loops, branching, and other software basics.

The course has four main modules, each of which culminates in a hand-on lab.

        Machine Learning
        Machine Learning Fundamentals
        Azure Machine Learning

        Language and Communication
        Getting Started with Text Processing
        Introduction to Natural Language Processing
        Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS)

        Computer Vision
        Getting Started with Images Processing
        Working with Images and Videos

        Conversation as a Platform
        Introduction to Bots
        Building Intelligent Bots

An Azure subscription is required to complete the hands-on labs in this course and for this you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Azure, or engage in various Microsoft programs that include limited free access to Azure. A credit card may be required to authenticate your identity.   

Like other Microsoft courses on edX this course is free. However, a Verified Certificate costs $99.



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