Illustration of learning computer languages.
Illustration of learning computer languages. (CLAUDE PRIGENT / MAXPPP)

Are you wondering about artificial intelligence and would you like to finally understand what it is? Objectif IA training, launched this Thursday by the Montaigne Institute and the Abeona foundation on the Open Classroom distance learning site, is made for you.

AI for all, this is the subject of this initiative which may surprise us because we generally think that it is a matter reserved for specialists. The idea is precisely to democratize the concepts related to artificial intelligence and make them accessible to the greatest number. According to the Montaigne Institute, it is also a question of breaking away from fantasies. No, intelligence is not going to dominate the world or put everyone out of work, but, yes, it could change a lot in health, human resources or even business.

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This initiative is a continuation of what has been attempted, notably in Finland. The goal is to train at least 1% of the population in artificial intelligence, from adolescents to retirees. The three-part training lasts six hours in total and is completely free.

The next step is to learn computer code. The training abounds on the Web, of initiation or advanced, free or paid, according to the levels. The best known in this area are CodeAcademy or KahnAcademy. The Free University of Brussels offers a Mooc (massive online course) to learn to program in Python, one of the languages ​​in fashion at the moment, on funmooc.fr (videos not very fun but very didactic).

For the youngest, Apple has created a special language called Swift, which can be used via the Swift Playgrounds app on the Mac or on the iPad. There is also the Scratch app, created by MIT especially for children.

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Even if you don’t plan on becoming a professional developer, learning computer programming helps you learn to solve all kinds of problems. It’s fun. And, up to a certain level, you don’t even have to be good at math.