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Microsoft Launches New AI Training Initiatives

Recently, Microsoft has announced the launch of its two new training programs to tackle the shortage of AI-related skills in business and academia.

Recently, Microsoft has announced the launch of its two new training programs to tackle the shortage of AI-related skills in business and academia.
 
The first Microsoft AI Academy comprises face-to-face and web-based training sessions for business and public-sector leaders, IT professionals, developers, and startups. Speaking at Future Decoded in London, Microsoft UK CEO Cindy Rose said,
 
"The academy will be helping to develop practical AI skills, learning, and certification for customers and partners,"
 
She explained, Microsoft will utilize the academy to train its own workforce, including herself.
 
Microsoft launches of its two new training programs 
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The second initiative 'Microsoft Research-Cambridge University Machine Learning Initiative' intends to address the problem of leading AI researchers being lured from academia to private companies offering salaries up to five times larger than universities.
 
Companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google have tempted away from a number of scientists with salaries much larger than those offered by academia.
 
"One of the things we've seen over the past few years is because there are so many opportunities for people with skills in machine learning, particularly in industry, we've seen a lot of outflux of top academic talent to industry," said, Dr Chris Bishop, Director of Microsoft’s Research Lab in Cambridge
 
"This is something that concerns us because it's those top academic professors and researchers who are responsible not just for doing research, but also for nurturing the next generation of talent in this field."
 
"This program has really two goals, the first is to realize the potential of AI to enhance human experience and the second is to nurture the next generation of researchers and talent," he added.
 
Secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright, revealed that the UK government has also planned to invest £50m over next 4 years in new Turing AI Fellowships in order to bring the best global researchers in AI to the UK, and the UK has increased the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to £1.1bn ($1.41bn), to support technologies of the future.