Learn More about Artificial Intelligence (AI)

We asked our instructor, Chris some questions.


Why is AI so important right now, and how does it relate to art and design?

Automation is a keyword that anchors today's tech sector, and we are right to be concerned and remain vigilant about this tension between humans and machines. While the arts sector continues to explore the promise and disappointment of artificial intelligence from afar, there is a certain level of resistance to adopting such technologies to produce original work. Once we demystify the current tools and realize that behind each AI solution is a human creator, I believe we can bridge the current gap in adoption and continue to produce great, inspiring work.


What does AI mean in the context of the course you’re teaching?

In this modern era, artificial intelligence serves a variety of human needs as a personal assistant and a source of inspiration, yet many fear that AI, often shrouded in secrecy and myth, will displace and dehumanize us. This course sets out to unfurl the black box that is AI by going back to simpler times and learning how things evolved from the point where scientists sought to build machines that imitate humans.

What types of things do you teach in your AI course?

Each weekly module is dedicated to a specific era in the history of modern AI, consisting of a series of readings (anchored to an innovation milestone). There is also a guided tutorial that utilizes a range of programming languages in demonstrating a specific concept via a sample application. It may present a steep learning curve to those with minimal coding experience, but each step is captured and reiterated so that you can always catch up. I hope that it will be a rewarding experience for all.


About Chris Kim

Dr. Chris K. Kim is a user-focused software developer in pursuit of using technology to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations and address today's talent gap in digital media. Trained in media production and information visualization, Chris works with institutional stakeholders, including University of Toronto, DARPA, and MIT, to build platforms that democratize AI and promote human-in-the-loop automation. Chris also operates a software studio GoodCodeClub, where he works with emerging talents in promoting underserved communities and facilitating youth entrepreneurship.

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI) Applications starts May 30 online.