The most widely used social network in the world, Facebook, announced on Wednesday a program that will give 5,000 people scholarships to study on how to use artificial intelligence systems respecting the privacy of user data and ensuring security.
During the F8 developer conference that the firm celebrates these days in San Jose (California), the company led by Mark Zuckerberg indicated that the scholarships are for the new online course “Safe and Private Artificial Intelligence” offered by the virtual education portal Udacity .
The aim of the course, which lasts three months, is to train artificial intelligence models “in a secure manner and using distributed private data with differential privacy, federated learning and encrypted computing techniques” , according to Udacity’s description.
The application deadline is open on the Udacity website from today until May 21 and anyone over 18 can choose, although it is recommended that you have a basic knowledge and experience level of the Python programming tool and of machine learning.
Facebook is currently one of the leading companies in the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning, that is, the processing of huge amounts of data by machines to “make” decisions based on algorithms, but it is far behind in terms of privacy.
Direct rivals of the company of Menlo Park (California) in the field of artificial intelligence such as Apple and Google, for example, have been working much longer in this regard and have managed to develop effective techniques, but much less intrusive.
“I know that in these moments, and saying it in a soft way, we do not have exactly the best reputation in terms of privacy, but I am committed to doing things well and to starting a new stage for our products,” he said on Tuesday. open the Zuckerberg conference.
On March 6 and after 2018 in which scandals on Facebook were almost constant, Zuckerberg promised to convert the social network into a “communication platform focused on privacy” taking as reference the popular WhatsApp messaging application, also of his property.
On that occasion, the co-founder of the social network explained that people “are increasingly interested in connecting with others privately in what would be the digital equivalent of a room.”