University of Washington

Designing Autonomous AI

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Kence Anderson

Instructor: Kence Anderson


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12 hours to complete
3 weeks at 4 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • You'll gain key AI terminology and understand how to teach and train AI.

    You'll design your own original autonomous AI system.

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There are 4 modules in this course

The first step in designing an autonomous AI is defining what your AI is going to do and what the goals are. Think about it like describing a game to someone. First you explain what the object of the game is, and then you describe the rules. In this module you'll learn how to do the same for your autonomous AI use case.

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7 videos6 readings2 quizzes1 peer review1 plugin

Autonomous AI brains are built from skills. Skills are “units of competence for completing tasks that have sub-goals associated with them.” This week you'll learn to outline the skills you want your autonomous AI brain to learn. First, you’ll identify three different types of skills that you can build into your brains. Then, you’ll learn a strategy that will help easily extract and document skills from subject matter experts you interview. Along the way we’ll look at some design patterns that you can use as templates to start your use case brain designs.

What's included

7 videos3 readings4 quizzes1 peer review2 plugins

Now that you understand how to interview a subject matter expert and lay out all the skills that you want your AI to practice, you need to organize those skills in the brain. In this module you’ll learn two organizing paradigms for skills in autonomous AI, and a three-step framework for completing this orchestration. This week you’ll see some brain design patterns for example use cases, to help you with thinking about organizing your own use case brain design.

What's included

5 videos1 reading1 quiz1 peer review

Now it's time to put it all together. You've defined your AI, you've identified a set of skills that you want to teach your AI and you've used brain design patterns in the paradigms of orchestration to snap those skills together in the right arrangement. There's a few pitfalls to orchestration that you should be aware of and you’ll have lots of opportunity to practice creating variations on brain designs for sample problems. Make sure to share your brain designs from the lab in the forum, so we can discuss them together and learn from each other.

What's included

4 videos2 readings1 quiz1 peer review1 discussion prompt


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