IBM Watson and Udacity Want Devs to Learn AI Online


Udacity, the education platform focused on helping workers gain skills they need for great careers in tech, has partnered with IBM Watson, Didi Chuxing and Amazon Alexa to offer a new nanodegree in artificial intelligence, the companies announced today at the IBM World of Watson conference.

IBM Watson is co-developing the curriculum of the course with Udacity. Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing intends to hire students who successfully complete the nanodegree, as does IBM. And Amazon Alexa is serving as an advisor to Udacity in developing the new AI nanodegree.

According to Udacity’s founder Sebastian Thrun, who previously started Google’s innovation shop Google X and its self-driving car initiative, the new AI nanodegree will be for students who already have a level of mastery in software development.

IBM’s Rob High, the Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of IBM Watson, wrote in a company blog post that the new nanodegree it is developing with Udacity should teach students to build apps or platforms using game playing and search, logic and planning, computer vision and natural language processing, among other things.

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