The competition to develop AI models is moving at an astonishingly high pace.
Now e-commerce company Amazon is waging a battle against tech giant Microsoft, which gained an early lead in the AI race through its investment in ChatGPT developer OpenAI.
Amazon is now launching a program called “AI Ready,” which aims to train at least two million people in basic and advanced AI skills by 2025.
In addition, it simplifies how to use generative AI technology, which the language-based ChatGPT model is based on.
The company aims to fill the void in artificial intelligence skills in the workforce, and is waging a battle with Microsoft to attract talent to its innovative project in the field of artificial intelligence. The Wall Street Journal.
The program contains eight free online courses aimed at both beginners and those with more experience, and will be available to everyone on Amazon’s website. The company’s reasons are that it will offer the courses for free because it wants to democratize knowledge about artificial intelligence.
AI will be the most transformative technology we encounter in our generation, but it will not reach its full potential unless we have a workforce ready to adopt it, says Swawi Sivasubramanian, Amazon’s vice president of database, analytics, and machine learning. , to the newspaper.
Amazon is currently investing in its own AI model, called Olympus. Additionally, they invested up to $4 billion in AI startup Anthropic, which will use Amazon Web Services backlogs to develop, train, and distribute its AI software.
It cuts jobs
The launch comes on the heels of news that Amazon will lay off several hundred people who work with its Alexa voice assistant. The company will focus more on generative AI in the future, several media reports said.
“We are shifting some of our focus areas to better align with new business priorities and what we know are most important to customers — which includes maximizing efforts and resources directed toward generative AI,” said Daniel Rausch, vice president of Alexa.
The layoffs will affect workers in the United States, Canada and India.
Amazon’s share is up 73 percent so far this year, while the S&P 500 is up 17.6 percent.
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