A new free course called ‘Living with AI’ has been launched to give people a better understanding of artificial intelligence technology.

Designed by the Scottish AI Alliance, the course seeks to ‘get the people of Scotland engaged, interested and informed about what artificial intelligence (AI) is and how it is used in our daily lives.’

AI has become a big news topic in recent months with the advent of ChatGPT and similar platforms, as well as much hype and speculation. 

Living with AI aims to tackle some of the disinformation and misunderstanding around AI by giving people a better grasp of the ways that AI is currently being used in society and work, exploring the challenges that we face with AI, and discovering what AI will hold for us in the future.

The “fun, five week course” is intended to be accessible to all, regardless of prior knowledge or experience with AI. 

“We believe that the Living with AI course is an important step in promoting a better understanding of AI and its impact on society,” said Steph Wright, Head of the Scottish AI Alliance. 

“By providing people with the knowledge and tools they need to engage with AI in a meaningful way, we can ensure that this technology is used in a way that benefits us all.”

Course content

Each week will have a specific topic (listed below) and the course is made up of written articles, videos from AI experts across Scotland, audio clips, reflective and activity-based exercises, quizzes and opportunities to collaborate with other learners.

  • Week 1: What is AI?
  • Week 2: How can AI be Trustworthy, Ethical and Inclusive? 
  • Week 3: AI and Society
  • Week 4: Working with AI
  • Week 5: The Future of AI

While Living with AI has been designed to be taken independently by learners at any time, the first delivery of Living with AI will take place on a live timeframe, supported by weekly online Ask the Expert sessions.

Sign up for free

The Living with AI course is available for free at www.livingwithai.me. It is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about AI, regardless of their background or experience. The course is self-paced, so learners can complete it at their own pace and in their own time.

“We are excited to be able to offer this course to the public for free,” said Catriona Campbell, Chair of the Scottish AI Alliance.

“Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about AI, which can lead to fear and confusion. The Living with AI course aims to demystify this technology and promote a better understanding of its potential benefits and challenges.”