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Artificial Intelligence Foundations

Learning from experience

By (author) Andrew Lowe, Steve Lawless

Publication date: 19 Feb 2021

In alignment with BCS AI Foundation and Essentials certificates, this introductory guide provides the understanding you need to start building artificial intelligence (AI) capability into your organisation. You will learn how AI is being utilised today to support products, services, science and engineering, and how it is likely to be used in the future to balance the talents of humans and machines. You will explore robotics and machine learning within the context of AI, and discover how the challenges AI presents are being addressed. You will delve into the theory behind AI and machine learning projects, examining techniques for learning from data, the use of neural networks and why algorithms are so important in the development of a new AI agent or system.
Andrew Lowe is Director of iA42 Ltd. Steve Lawless is CEO of Purple Griffon, IT service management training and consultancy specialists. Together Andrew Lowe and Steve Lawless developed the BCS AI Foundations and AI Essentials certificates.

Dimensions: 244x170mm

Print ISBN-13: 9781780175287

Ebook ISBN-13: 9781780175300

180 pages

Imprint: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

  1. Introduction - Ethical and Sustainable Human and Artificial AI
  2. Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  3. Applying The Benefits of AI and Identifying Challenges and Risks
  4. Starting AI - How to Build A Machine Learning Toolbox
  5. Algorithms 
  6. The Management, Roles and Responsibilities of Humans and Machines
  7. AI in Use in Industry - Reimagining Everything in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  8. AI Case Studies 
'This book is a welcome read for those who want to know more about AI but don’t have a degree level background in the underlying subjects. It successfully brings the beginner up to speed and is written with such enthusiasm that the more complex topics become manageable. For a foundation level book it covers an impressive content range, whilst also providing a solid grounding in Machine Learning. The topics are clearly and succinctly exemplified by 3 case studies which bring AI into the real world.'

Rosie Sheldon
Senior Trainer, TSG-training

'Many commentators see AI as the key enabler of the fifth industrial revolution. In this clear and concise guide to the BCS Artificial Intelligence Foundation qualification, Andrew Lowe and Steve Lawless set out to clearly explain the core concepts around artificial intelligence, machine learning, applications in robotics and more. A ‘must have’ guide in preparation for the BCS AI Foundation exam, this book will not only assist with exam success, but will capture your imagination to the possibilities in front of us when reimagining the human vs machine relationship.'

Richard Webber
Digital Transformation Programme Manager, Ravensbourne University London

'This is a great book for executives to understand how AI may fit into their company and the types of benefits that they may gain and some of the pitfalls they may fall into. The book gives a clear picture of where AI fits with other types of decision-making processes. It covers many different aspects of how AI can be developed and how it affects society, with a particular focus on ethics and the human machine interface.'

Dr Paul Edward Mort, B.Eng. (Hons), PhD, MBA, MIMechE CEng FNucI
Innovation Lead for Special Nuclear Materials, Sellafield Ltd

'Produces a great storm of ideas and thoughts with a funny touch from the authors...This is a piece of art and a “must read", for good immersion in the theme.'

David Mondragón Tapia
IT & Business Consultant, DieresiS - Business and Professional Services

'This book is a highly recommended read for those starting out on Artificial Intelligence learning or as a refresher, written by two very knowledgeable authors, who put across the subject in an easy to understand manner.'

Mat Gardam
Cyber Security Professional

'Manages to provide a fundamental grounding in the theory and application of AI without relying on mathematical or data science skills...the theory is colourfully illustrated with examples of both AI successes and challenges, which will prove an invaluable foundation to the reader's learning from experience in the world of Artificial Intelligence.'

Mark Ainsworth
Director and Business Analyst, Promising ICT Limited