AI Primer Course

2 hours | Online or in-person

A two hour interactive introduction to the operation and oversight of AI systems with a focus on the responsible use of AI.

“Well executed, huge wealth of knowledge from the speakers and fact-based through their experience. This wasn’t just textbook, theory-led, and I greatly appreciated the practical applications.”


Intended audience: People from Australian industry without extensive knowledge of AI. This is likely to include people from a wide variety of industries (manufacturing, health, finance, agriculture, software, etc) and organisation sizes (SMEs to corporates) and are likely to be people who are considering the use of AI in their businesses or may be at the early stages of using AI.


By the end of the course, we expect that participants will

  • have a basic understanding of how AI systems work and how they differ from traditional software systems
  • understand the kinds of application areas that might be suited to AI systems, and how AI systems and humans benefit from working together
  • understand some of the challenges in building, operating and overseeing AI systems
  • understand some of the ethical risks in designing and deploying AI systems, and principles for addressing those risks.


Basic ability to take in technical information (for example, ability to read charts).


A combination of presentation, interactives (used by participants themselves) and Q&A.


2 hours

Outline of topics:

The state of AI systems today

● examples of AI in use now in various industries including successes and failures

● the kinds of tasks for which AI excels and why

● the roles of humans in AI systems

● interactive exploration of differences between human and AI reasoning

Introduction to key AI concepts

● the specific technologies that get called AI and how they work

● interactive exploration of a simple AI system learning

● how AI learns to perform tasks like finding objects in images, translating text between languages and predicting whether someone will default on a mortgage

Trustworthy AI and the Australian Government’s AI Ethics Framework and Principles

● the challenge and opportunity of deploying AI that operates in alignment with a business’ true intent

● interactive exploration of ‘explainable AI’

● AI ethics principles as a starting point for reducing the risk of unintended consequences from an AI system

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