Amazon Announces 'AI Ready,' a New Initiative Designed to Provide Free AI Skills Training to 2 Million People by 2025
Amazon today launched "AI Ready," a new initiative aiming to provide free artificial intelligence (AI) skills training and education to 2 million people globally by 2025. Amazon intends to meet this commitment by launching new courses and learning initiatives in AI and scaling existing programs. As part of this goal, today the company is announcing eight new, free courses to help adults upskill in AI and generative AI; a new Amazon Web Services (AWS) Generative AI Scholarship program with online learning platform Udacity; and a new collaboration with Code.org designed to help students learn about generative AI.
"Artificial intelligence is the most transformative technology of our generation. If we are going to unlock the full potential of AI to tackle the world's most challenging problems, we need to make AI education accessible to anyone with a desire to learn," said Swami Sivasubramanian, vice president of Data and AI at AWS. "The goal of AI Ready is to help level the playing field of AI education, supported by the new initiatives we're launching today. We will also scale our existing free AI training programs and courses as we continue to remove cost as a barrier to accessing these critical skills."
New study finds AI-skilled talent can earn up to 47% more
The need for an AI-savvy workforce has never been greater. In fact, 73% of employers say hiring AI-skilled talent is a priority-but among these, three out of four say they are unable to meet their AI talent needs. This is according to a new study by AWS and research firm Access Partnership. The study also found that employers expect their workers to earn up to 47% more in salaries if they upskill in AI. Looking ahead, AI will only become more integral to the way business is done, with 93% of businesses expecting they will be using AI solutions across their organization in the next five years.
Amazon is launching AI Ready to help anyone with a desire to learn about AI and benefit from the tremendous opportunity ahead. The following initiatives are designed to open opportunities to those in the workforce today as well as the future generation.
Free generative AI training for in-demand jobs
To support professionals in the workplace today, AWS is announcing eight new, free AI and generative AI courses open to anyone and aligned to in-demand jobs. There is something for everyone with courses ranging from foundational to advanced and for business leaders as well as technologists. These courses augment the 80+ free and low-cost AI and generative AI courses and resources provided through AWS.
Courses for business and nontechnical audiences
$12 million in generative AI scholarships
Through the AWS Generative AI Scholarship, AWS will provide Udacity scholarships, valued at more than $12 million, to more than 50,000 high school and university students from underserved and underrepresented communities globally.
Eligible students can take Introducing Generative AI with AWS, a new course on Udacity, for free. The course, which was designed by AI experts at AWS, introduces students to foundational generative AI concepts and guides them through a hands-on project. Upon successful course completion, students earn a certificate from Udacity to showcase their knowledge to future employers.
Accessible and fun introduction to generative AI with new Hour of Code Dance Party: AI Edition
Amazon is kicking off a new collaboration between Amazon Future Engineer and Code.org to launch Hour of Code Dance Party: AI Edition. During this hour-long introduction to coding and AI, students will create their own virtual music video set to hit songs from artists including Miley Cyrus, Harry Styles, and more.
Students will code their virtual dancer's choreography and use emojis as AI prompts to generate animated backgrounds. The activity will give participants an introduction to generative AI, including learning about large language models and how they are used to power the predictive analytics responsible for creating new images, text, and more.
Hour of Code will take place globally during Computer Science Education Week, December 4-10, engaging students and teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade. Additionally, AWS is providing up to $8 million in AWS Cloud computing credits to Code.org, which runs on AWS, to further support Hour of Code.
Cloud skills training investment
Amazon's new AI Ready commitment is in addition to AWS's commitment to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to provide free cloud computing skills training to 29 million people by 2025, which has already trained more than 21 million people. To get started, visit: aboutamazon.com/29million.
About Amazon Web Services
Since 2006, Amazon Web Services has been the world's most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any workload, and it now has more than 240 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 102 Availability Zones within 32 geographic regions, with announced plans for 15 more Availability Zones and five more AWS Regions in Canada, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Thailand. Millions of customers-including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies-trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit aws.amazon.com.
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