Enter the $450,000 AI Challenger Global AI Contest Today!

The 2018 AI Challenger Global AI Contest is being co-organized by Sinovation Ventures—along with Sougo, Meituan-Dianping, and Meitu—and it features 10+ brand-new datasets, and a $450,000 USD prize.

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In September of 2017, as an exclusive global education partner, Udacity had the pleasure of announcing details of a new AI competition and open data initiative organized by Sinovation Ventures. The event was entitled the AI Challenger Global AI Contest, and as Udacity COO Clarissa Chen noted in her contest announcement, “Artificial Intelligence has hit fever pitch in China. From cutting-edge tech powerhouses to established large corporations, everyone is setting up new AI Labs, hiring new talent, and announcing new platforms. “AI First” is the order of the day in China, and the excitement around this transformational technology is incredible.”

Success in 2017

The energy around AI across China was indeed incredible, and the subsequent success of the competition was clear evidence that it had been a perfect time to launch this kind of effort. Approximately 9000 teams from more than 60 different countries participated in the AI Challenger Global AI Contest, in 2017, and as reported by China Daily at the conclusion of the competition:

“AI Challenger released over 300,000 image-based as well as over 10 million language-based data entries to talents working on new technologies that will help AI applications ‘see’ and ‘read’ our world better.”

The 2018 AI Challenger Global AI Contest

China continues to represent a remarkable nexus for global AI innovation, and the 2018 AI Challenger Global AI Contest returns bigger, broader, and with more data than ever. As with last year, Udacity is especially pleased to be an exclusive global education partner, and we are excited to extend our ongoing collaboration with Sinovation Ventures to include new courses developed specifically to support contest entrants.

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Automation and The Future of Work: How fluent thinking can enhance your hireability and increase your value

Fluency of ideas is a highly desirable future work skill, and the ability to come up with multiple ideas around a given topic is something that can be learned and practiced

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There is a new line of thinking emerging around the topic of our AI-powered future, and what awaits us in the future of work.

If, in past years, the tone of most conversations has been on the dire side—the robots are coming to take your jobs and such—the winds are blowing in fairer directions as people start to realize the opportunities ahead. In short, we’re discovering there is an upside to automation—it’s returning creativity and related soft skills to a place of prominence.

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What is Artificial Intelligence?

Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about AI

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the world’s most exciting frontier for knowledge and technology. Everywhere you look, people are talking about intelligent machines improving our lives. For all of the excitement, many of the concepts and applications are still highly technical, and can be confusing if you’re not familiar with the basics of AI. If you have questions, you certainly aren’t alone!

Read on to learn answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about AI.

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5 Must-Read AI Newsletters

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is the most important technology of our time. It is having an impact on virtually every industry, and it’s changing how we think about the future of work. It is an incredible time to start learning about AI, and developing AI skills.

Whether you’re new to the field and curious about career opportunities, or looking to start applying AI techniques in your current job, there is an incredible amount of information out there you’ll need to digest. Even if you’re a full-time AI professional, the tide of new stories and discoveries can be overwhelming. But it’s critical that no matter where you are on your journey into the world of AI, you stay abreast of all the latest news.

Subscribing to regular AI newsletters is a great way to do this. You get a variety of viewpoints. You get content that cuts to the core of AI’s biggest issues. You get the benefit of somebody else curating relevant news for you. Most importantly, you maintain access to a steady stream of high-value content that will ensure you’re up to speed on the most important topics.

Here are our recommendations for five must-read AI newsletters:

The Algorithm

The Algorithm is sent out by the MIT Technology Review, and is read by virtually all AI professionals. It arrives in your inbox every weekday, providing brief, no-nonsense updates on AI news stories. Even better, its “Deeper” section aims to explain the research behind emerging AI technologies. Want to show an interviewer you understand a new deep-learning algorithm? This is the place to prepare.


The Open Data Science Conference (ODSC) is well known for its global events on the future of AI and Data Science. Their AccelerateAI newsletter is a great insider source of information on the commercial applications of AI and the technology behind it. The short, graphical format makes it quick and easy to search through research papers, job postings, and curated blog titles from AI experts.

Data Elixir

Data Elixir is put together by Lon Riesberg, a former NASA data scientist. It’s become an essential weekly read for anyone even remotely interested in AI, machine learning, or data. As well as clearly highlighting industry news and job postings, the newsletter comes highly recommended for its “Tools and Techniques” section. Go here for in-depth, practical articles on how you can build specific AI skills and experience.

AI Weekly

AI Weekly’s simple design means you can quickly scan through industry news and articles on AI tools and hardware. Its “Some Inspiration” section is an excellent place to read thoughtful comment pieces on broader industry ideas and concepts—such as ethical and regulatory questions. Recruiters love to challenge job applicants with questions about topics like these so AI job-seekers can do themselves a favor by taking a deep read here.

Import AI

Written by Open AI’s Jack Clark, Import AI is a weekly, bare-bones text newsletter. Its succinct news summaries of major events are highly recommended, as is Jack’s commentary providing context on every story. His explanations of “why it matters” are great when you want to burrow into the facts behind the headlines. It’s a great tool, both for people new to AI, and for those with experience who need to catch up with developments fast!

Don’t wait. Subscribe to these newsletters now! You’ll stay informed and you’ll always have a view on the latest AI developments.

As a bonus recommendation, we suggest This Week in AI, by Udacity’s own Mat Leonard. Mat leads Udacity’s AI programs, and publishes this weekly list of curated AI stories on Udacity’s Medium publication. Mat is uniquely positioned to understand what stories are relevant and why, and you can be sure that if he’s sharing it, it’s important to read it.

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