Introducing the Udacity Artificial Intelligence and Data Industry Advisory Board
As we look forward into a future we know will be shaped by the transformational impact of artificial intelligence and data technologies, we can clearly see the birth of a new knowledge ecosystem within which education, industry, and technology form a powerful partnership. That these three arenas will be interrelated goes without saying, but how they inform one another, and how these relationships take shape and evolve, remain open questions.
At Udacity, we recognize the singular role we occupy, existing as we do at the crossroads where education, industry, and technology meet. We are a learning provider that teaches AI and data skills, in partnership with industry, and as such, we see a unique opportunity—and feel a special obligation—to both facilitate and contribute to the global conversation around critical issues we face as we move into our AI and data-powered future.
We are very excited to share that we have formed an Artificial Intelligence and Data Industry Advisory Board with the expressed goal of bringing together leading experts in the field to consider the opportunities that lay ahead, to address the challenges we face, and to answer the questions we must answer.
Purchase Early Bird tickets for Intersect 2018 today!
Udacity’s Intersect 2018 conference is dedicated to the theme of Lifelong Learning. We chose this theme because each of us must embrace this ethos to succeed in our modern economy, and it is Udacity’s mission to provide meaningful access to world-class learning opportunities for every deserving student on the planet. We support lifelong learners of every age and experience level, and we are committed to connecting your learning to your career and life goals.
Udacity 2018 will bring together a remarkable group of speakers to share insights, engage with attendees, and explore compelling visions for the future. These forward-thinking leaders and innovators are working across myriad fields to ensure that emerging transformational technologies are being harnessed to serve the good of all, and that the rapid pace of innovation is met in equal measure with rapid advancements in how we teach and train our global workforce. Intersect 2018 speakers include:
As we move from January to February, we no longer make mistakes writing the date—we’re comfortable with it being 2018 now. But “comfortable” cuts both ways, and it’s often all too easy to let that New Year’s excitement slip away. Instead of remaining passionate about what we were going to change, we get “comfortable” with things staying the same.
Which makes this the perfect time to redouble your efforts to stick to your 2018 goals! To help you do just that, we’ve assembled a shortlist of tips that will help you stay on track.
We just launched a new Nanodegree Foundation program: Learn Unreal VR!
With every expansion of our VR offerings, we get more and more excited. Today is no exception, as we are thrilled to announce our newest Nanodegree Foundation program: Learn Unreal VR. No programming experience is required, and you can enroll today, and start building Unreal VR apps right away!
We just unlocked a new Free Preview of our Intro to Programming Nanodegree program! Is 2018 the year YOU learn to code? Say yes, and explore your new life and career, today!
1. “Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.”
—Bill Gates, Co-Chairman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Co-Founder, Microsoft
2. “I learned the fundamentals for programming, which is just what I needed as a first step for my career change!”
—Takayoshi Y., Lifelong Learner, Intro to Programming Student, Udacity
3. “I quickly came to understand that code is a superpower every young woman should be able to access. Understanding that code is the underlying (and invisible) framework of tech means that we do not have to be passive bystanders in our ever-changing digital world.”
—Karlie Kloss, Founder, Kode with Klossy Scholarship
4. “I could not have gotten this far without the support and encouragement of this course and the community that made this course happen for me! Thank you!”
—Krystal M., Lifelong Learner, Intro to Programming Student, Udacity
We just unlocked a new Free Preview of our VR Developer Nanodegree program! Explore your future in VR, today!
It’s tempting to think of Virtual Reality as cutting-edge technology. As an emerging technology. Even as a transformational technology. If this is what you think of when you think of VR, you’re exactly right, because it’s all these things, and more. But it’s also instructive to think of VR not just as a technology, but as a medium. This may seem less intuitive, because VR is not a book. It’s not a play. It’s not an album, or a painting. And yet, we use it to tell stories. From a strictly dictionary-centric standpoint, “A medium refers to the materials that are used to create a work of art.” Unquestionably, creators are using VR to create art.
The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) bills itself as “The Global Stage for Innovation,” and by pretty much all measurements, the event lives up to the hype, and has done so for decades. From the history-making launch of Atari’s 400 and 800 personal computers at the 1979 show, to the debut of the Chevy Bolt in 2016, big announcements happen at CES, and the world watches with rapt attention.
Self-Driving Cars at CES
2017 marked a watershed moment for technology’s coming together with the automotive industry. Multiple self-driving technology announcements captured headlines, and the trend continues in 2018.
At Udacity, we’re very excited by all the developments, especially as we find ourselves right in the middle of all the action! For example, as just reported by CNBC, NVIDIA (a Udacity partner!) announced they are partnering with Uber, Volkswagen and Baidu on numerous important autonomous vehicle initiatives.
Udacity and Baidu at CES
Baidu represents especially exciting news for Udacity. Sebastian Thrun is in attendance at CES, where he gave a keynote speech at Baidu World. Together with Qi Lu, Baidu Group President and Chief Operating Officer, they highlighted Baidu’s work in the fields of AI and Self-Driving Cars, and the role Udacity can play connecting the US and China in a shared effort to nurture AI and autonomous systems talent, grow knowledge, and bring about positive change.