Basics of Artificial Intelligence

Organizational unit: Centre for Transferable Skills
Course type: Intensive course

What is artificial intelligence and what can it do today? What are the technical basics and what effects does artificial intelligence have on work and society? The seminar looks at the technical and methodological foundations of artificial intelligence, gives an overview of today’s fields of application and research, shows the limits, and separates fiction from reality. It gives an overview on how to access AI systems and gives basic knowledge on how to deal with AI. We discuss the influence of AI on workplaces and tasks, on political processes, and consider the different developments in individual countries. Furthermore, we discuss AI-specific ethical and moral issues such as trained bias, deep fakes, traceability of decisions, and regulatory options.

You will learn what an AI defines and how it works in principle, how you can access an AI system today, and how AIs can be used. Online discussions and current case studies complement the individual topics.


Btw: This text was automatically translated from German by an AI-based system.

Planned Agenda:

 – P1: The state of play – History, Fiction and Reality; What can artificial intelligence achieve today?; Current fields of application; Outlook on further development.

 – P2: What is AI? – Definitions, Demarcation of different methods; How does AI work? Areas of application.

 – P3: Technology – Big Data as the basis for current technology Computer architectures; Networks and 5G; Programming languages; Open source providers; Necessary knowledge for handling an AI.

 – P4: Ethics of AI – Black Box Dilemma; Current ethical issues and discussions; Bias in AI; Deep Fake; Regulatory options and mechanisms

 – P5: Effects of AI on Work and Society – Applications of AI; Influence on Jobs and Workers; Political Issues and Social Impacts; Development in different countries (DE/USA/CN)

 – P6: Access to AI – AI providers; Training data sources; Other sources.

Seminar Goals: 

The participants understand the basics of artificial intelligence and know the current state of development. They learn in which areas the AI will influence their own work and how they can react to it. The participants get to know sources and providers in order to use AI and use it for their own work. They will recognize the limits of AI today and know about the ethical and moral problems generated by AI.

Lead instructor: Oliver Nickels (Hamburg/Tübingen) | blue herring GmbH – Independent Consultant for Digital Transformation: Helping companies on their path to becoming a digital enterprise & providing support with strategic planning and integration of digital technologies into marketing and business processes – from the development of a Digital Customer Journey to digital change management and business model innovation.


– 24.06 – 26.06 ; 9 :00 – 16 :00

Format: Online seminar

Form of examination: Written paper

Language: English

Course coordinators: Oliver Nickels

Student Level: All Levels

Number of Places: 2

Number of ECTS: 36

Prerequisites and registration procedures (i.e. language, fee, registration dates)

– There are no prerequisites

Duration, Application Deadline and How to apply

Duration: 24.06 – 26.06 2022

Application Deadline: 11.04. 2022

If there are places still available, applications will be accepted up to 7 days before the start of the course (29.04)

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