Amazon starts offer free educational courses on generative AI with the aim of extending “critical skills” to adults and young learners around the world. The company’s initiative, called “AI Ready,” is an expansion of the current AWS-based AI skills training programs offered by Amazon, but now includes eight free courses that cover management and development of AI projects. AI. Amazon says 21 million people have already been trained in AWS cloud computing skills through its programs and hopes 2 million will use its AI courses by 2025.
Amazon says the demand for talent for AI jobs is increasing and companies are willing to pay higher salaries for those with the skills, but the courses are also focused on promoting Amazon’s AI products. Amazon will offer “non-technical” learning that will introduce people to the foundations of generative AI, planning projects around AI, and using Amazon’s CodeWhisperer AI code generator. The remaining courses teach people about machine learning and AWS language models as well as app builder Bedrock AI, which could help spread awareness of Amazon’s AI technology among big players like Microsoft/ OpenAI and Google.
Those interested in Amazon’s free courses can access the Generative AI Initial Training and Introduction to CodeWhisperer at the AWS Educate site. The rest of the free courses, including learning how to use Amazon’s Transcribe text-to-speech generator, are available on the site. AWS Skill Builder site.