Are we all concerned by the development of AI?
AI matters to all of us, we can all take part in the public debate and express our fears, hopes or questions. The development of artificial intelligence must be decided collectively, inclusively and democratically, not just by experts. There are many societal issues at stake, from the way YouTube recommends videos to the various monitoring techniques run by the state.
Naturally, this is a particularly interesting field for students to understand and study in-depth. There are many more job offers in the AI field than there are qualified professionals: AI offers great work opportunities and career prospects. Yet, this does not only apply to young people, because artificial intelligence is transforming many professions; whether you are a civil servant, working in a company, self-employed... a better understanding of artificial intelligence can provide new opportunities for one’s professional development.
How is France doing in comparison to other countries?
Artificial intelligence is becoming a major issue all over the world. The United States and China are investing impressive amounts of money in this field. Europe has decided to follow a more humane and respectful approach to privacy. France possesses excellent training and research teams in AI, and has been proactive in that matter, with Cédric Villani's report published in March 2018, as well as the Global Forum on AI for Humanity at the end of last year, during which the President called for 1% of the French population to be trained on artificial intelligence.
"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood"
I like to quote this sentence from Marie Curie: "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood". Of course, it is not a question of us all becoming experts in data science or deep learning. What I think is important, however, is that we take some time to understand the field of artificial intelligence, what it covers, what it is and what it is not, what opportunities it offers, and the risks it entails.
Taking the free online training course "Objectif IA", created by OpenClassrooms and Institut Montaigne in partnership with Fondation Abeona, is a valuable investment of your time to better understand what artificial intelligence is.
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