IDS 1703 – Frontiers of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

General Education Credit: Elective
College Credit: 1

About The Course

In this course, you will learn what artificial intelligence (AI) is (from a high-level, conceptual standpoint) and how it is used to solve real-world problems in a wide variety of disciplines. This course will give you a broad overview of how AI technologies are transforming science, art, medicine, business, and more, and it will equip you to think about how AI might be applied to your own areas of interest. This course is intended for students from any major/discipline, and you do not need to have previous AI or technical expertise. Most class sessions will feature guest lectures from researchers at UF who use AI in their work.

Course Goals

This 1-credit course will expose you to basic concepts of AI technologies and how they are applied in a wide variety of disciplines. We will address the following questions throughout the semester:

  • What is AI? (And what is it not?)
  • What are the main approaches to AI and how do they work (high-level, non-technical overview)?
  • How is AI applied to real-world problems?
  • How are AI systems evaluated?
  • How can we ensure that AI systems are fair and equitable, and how can we use them ethically?

Finally, an important objective of this course is to equip you to think about how AI might be applied in your own area(s) of interest.

Sample Syllabus

Satisfied High School Graduation Requirement Subject: Elective
High School Credit: 0.5