Deloitte University Press Launches MOOC on Artificial Intelligence

Course helps prepare business leaders to assess and implement cognitive technologies across organizations

Oct 19, 2015, 08:00 ET from Deloitte

NEW YORK, Oct. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Deloitte University Press today announced the launch of a massive open online course (MOOC) on the applications of cognitive technology. "Cognitive technologies: The real opportunities for business" examines artificial intelligence and its impact on businesses across industries. Cognitive technologies, more broadly referred to as artificial intelligence (AI), simulate human reasoning and perceptual skills, which can give businesses entirely new capabilities and enabling organizations to break prevailing tradeoffs between speed, cost, and quality.

"AI aims to make machines perform tasks that only humans used to be able to do, and it is no longer just science fiction," said course instructor David Schatsky, senior manager, Deloitte LLP. "These technologies are prevalent today and can impact nearly every sector. Our goal is to help prepare executives to make informed decisions about various AI technologies such as machine learning, automation, and robotics, and their impact on organizations."

After completing this course, learners can be able to identify some of the most important cognitive technologies, recognize what they do and broadly understand how they work. The course aims to prepare learners to gauge suitable applications for each technology as well as ways to implement specific cognitive technologies and assess how they impact workers and the design of work.

"This course is uniquely valuable because it offers a framework for executives to understand the business implications of cognitive technologies," said Rajeev Ronanki, principal and leader of the cognitive computing practice at Deloitte Consulting LLP. "The course can prepare participants to engage in discussions and help them shape the cognitive technology strategy in their organization."

During the course, participants will learn from leading thinkers in the field including Professor Eric Nyberg, Professor and Director, Master's Program in Computational Data Science in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and Tom Davenport, President's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, a Fellow of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and senior advisor to Deloitte Analytics.

"Cognitive technologies: The real opportunities for business" is the second MOOC offering from Deloitte University Press and builds on the success of the first course, "3D opportunity: The course on additive manufacturing for business leaders." More than 13,000 people registered for 3D opportunity.

About the course

"Cognitive technologies: The real opportunities for business" is aimed at a general business audience and demystifies artificial intelligence, provides an overview of a wide range of cognitive technologies, and offers a framework to help participants understand how they could affect their business. Some experts have called artificial intelligence "more important than anything since the industrial revolution."i That can make this course essential for professionals in nearly every sector who work in business, operations, strategy, IT, talent and other disciplines.

The course consists of approximately 2.5 hours of video content divided into approximately six-minute mini lectures. Quizzes allow students to check and consolidate their knowledge and optional peer-reviewed assignments can give them practical information to apply to their jobs. Learners who complete the course requirements will receive a statement of accomplishment.

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i Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, "The Second Machine Age" 

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