IBL News | New York
Amazon announced “AI Ready”, a new program to train two million workers globally by 2025 in artificial intelligent skills as the company is falling behind rivals on generative AI.
The “AI Ready” initiative 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.
The giant said that workers with AI skills to earn up to 47% more in salaries.
Currently, hiring AI-skilled talent is a priority among 73% of employers but three out of four who consider it a priority can’t find the AI talent they need.
The three new initiatives are:
- Eight new and free AI and generative AI courses, ranging from foundational to advanced.
- Amazon Web Services (AWS) Generative AI Scholarship, providing $12 million in scholarships to 50,000 high school and university students globally with access to a new generative AI course on Udacity.
- New Hour of Code Dance Party: AI Edition collaboration with Code.org designed to help students learn about generative AI.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, and Harry Styles.
“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,” said Amazon.
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.
The above mentioned courses for business and nontechnical audiences are available on AWS Educate and AWS Skill Builder. Participants can also learn how to use CodeWhisperer, Amazon’s AI code generator, which produces whole lines of code.
Courses for developers and technical audiences are:
- Foundations of Prompt Engineering
- Low-Code Machine Learning on AWS
- Building Language Models on AWS. It covers how to use Amazon SageMaker distributed training libraries to build language models and how to fine-tune open source models and foundation models.
- Amazon Transcribe
- Building Generative AI Applications Using Amazon Bedrock to build generative AI applications.