The Dutch National AI Course is a free online course that was launched in January 2019. Aim of the course is to inform as many Dutch people as possible about the basic principles of artificial intelligence (AI). Professors Jeroen van den Hoven (Delft Faculty of TPM) and Catholijn Jonker (Delft Faculty of EEMCS) are among the experts interviewed for the course.
“Artificial intelligence is no longer something for the distant future. It is intertwined in all aspects of daily life,” says tech entrepreneur Jim Stolze, the initator of the course. “From (almost) self-driving cars to the newsfeed of ubiquitous Facebook. Everything that we have previously plugged into the electricity network can eventually become a self-learning system. ”
The course is deliberately aimed at all Dutch people. “What is under the hood of AI? Who is responsible? How do you prevent algorithms from contributing to increasing inequality or creating uniformity? Crucial questions! Everyone in the Netherlands has an opinion, but few people have really looked into this subject. By offering a basic course to all Dutch people, we can at least get well informed about the discussions.”
The course is based on a comparable initiative in Finland, with additional contributiosn from Dutch top experts: Catholijn Jonker (TU Delft / Delft Design for Values Institute), Cees Snoek (University of Amsterdam), Evert Haasdijk (Deloitte), Jeroen van den Hoven (TU Delft / Delft Design for Values Institute), Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam), Marlies van Eck (Universiteit Leiden), Max Welling (University of Amsterdam), Mireille Hildebrandt (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Pim Haselager (Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour), Rianne van den Berg (University of Amsterdam), Roel Schutgens (Radboud University Nijmegen), Tom Heskes (Radboud University Nijmegen) and Valerie Frissen (Leiden University).
In her contribution to the course – see video below – prof. Catholijn Jonkers explains her vision on how AI should be developed to collaborate with humans, so that they can together achieve more than alone. Her motto: “with machines more human.” Taking norms and values in account in the development process is crucial according to her.
The course – fully in Dutch! – consists of eight tracks:
- Looking around in the world of AI
- What is AI?
- Is a search engine also AI?
- Machine learning
- Deep learning
- AI in daily live
- AI and the rules
- Work of the future
The course takes 4 to 5 hours to complete. Participants who have completed all tracks receive a certificate.
The Dutch National AI Cursus is an initiative of AI for Good, ICAI and Elephant Road. The program has been made possible by Ahold Delhaize, Deloitte, ELaw Leiden, FME/UPgrade NL, Pon, Rabobank, Radboud University, TU Delft Design For Values Institute, University of Helsinki, University of Amsterdam and Wolters Kluwer.
The course was also supported by Brainport Eindhoven, Capgemini, Cor Wit Fonds, Denk Producties, ECP, Intel, Level V, LEWIS, RMMBR, RijksAcademie voor Digitalisering en Informatisering Overheid(RADIO) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations, Samsung, Stichting GO Fonds, VNO-NCW MKB Nederland, Vogin en Zadkine.