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Secure and Private AI

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What’s the earliest we can predict cancer survival rates, and what schools do the best job of educating children? You can only answer these questions with very rare access to private and personal data, but access to this personal data requires that you master methods for the principled protection of user privacy. While not all privacy use cases have been solved, the last few years have seen great strides in privacy-preserving technologies.

This free course will introduce you to three cutting-edge technologies for privacy-preserving AI: Federated Learning, Differential Privacy, and Encrypted Computation. You will learn how to use the newest privacy-preserving technologies, such as OpenMined's PySyft. PySyft extends Deep Learning tools—such as PyTorch—with the cryptographic and distributed technologies necessary to safely and securely train AI models on distributed private data.

The course will open on May 30th. Click on the "Notify Me" button to be the first to know when the course is live. We encourage you to enter the Secure and Private AI Scholarship Challenge from Facebook to both take the course and have a chance to win a scholarship for the Deep Learning or Computer Vision Nanodegree programs.

Why Take This Course?

A data scientist can only use AI to solve problems if they have enough training data. Whether you're at a startup or an enterprise, the most important and valuable problems are problems about people. Solving these problems using AI means having access to a large amount of private and sensitive data.

Want to predict cancer in medical scans? If you're using traditional Deep Learning tools, this means persuading someone to send you a copy of a sensitive dataset. In many cases, this is either a non-starter or it will severely limit the amount of data you're allowed to see.

In this course, learn how to apply Deep Learning to private data while maintaining users' privacy, giving you the ability to train on more data in a privacy-preserving manner so that you can tackle more difficult problems and create smarter, more effective AI models, while also being socially responsible.

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