School for the 2nd half of life:

The psychologist Karl Jung was perhaps the first one to suggest that one cannot lead the second half of life on the principles applicable to its first half and lamented the lack of a ‘ School for the second half of life’.
This program attempts to fill that need in part, and shares the tasks that Jung recommended for the 2nd half of life.
The courses in this program are delivered through Whatsapp which can be accessed through a mobile phone, independent of location.

There are 4 weeklong courses in this suite:

WLL05: Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence

WLL06: Health Literacy

WLL07: Preparing for a 100 year life

WLL08: Death! Understanding it is important to lead a good life

All these weeklong courses can be done in a month. After that the learner is ready to embark on his/her own or be mentored throughout the long lifelong learning journey.

Details of WLL05: offered during first week of every month:

WLL05: Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence


We are now in the 4th Industrial Age and while Artificial Intelligence has been compared to being the new electricity, it’s availability through the cloud and mobile devices is much more universal.

Since AI helps automate tasks which were earlier done by humans, it’s potential to enhance almost all human activities is enormous, and that is why we have adopted an “AI for all” policy, rather than AI for a privileged few.

This is an introductory  one month ( 4 weeks) course for anyone who is curious to know what are the various aspects of AI. That is why it has been given the title ” Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence”. Throughout the course, there will be links to and information about books, articles and videos to learn more. 

This course is therefore a fascinating introduction for the curious, with substantial guidance on more for the serious. 

This course is an attempt to answer the question, in this climate of the hype around the topic. The better we understand AI, the greater the sense of awe at the sheer complexity of the brain, and the amazing algorithms that nature has devised to solve one of the hardest problems known to man. What we see around us are examples of ‘ narrow AI’ or ‘weak AI’. But the quest for ‘strong AI’ is going to be a long journey…. but it’s perhaps the greatest scientific voyage that we can take now….

Monday Day 1: The origins and the present landscape of AI:

1.1: A brief history of evolution of AI

1.2: The Turing test

1.3: Simple automation, algorithmic automation and intelligent automation

1.4: AI and allied ( sometimes confused) terms

1.5: Narrow Intelligence, General Intelligence & Super Intelligence

Tuesday Day2: AI, Machine learning and Deep learning 

2.1: The relationship between AI, ML and DL

2.2: Approaches to machine learning 

2.3: The search for a master algorithm

2.4: Deep Learning and Artificial Neural Networks

2.5: The Mathematics underlying Machine Learning

Thursday Day 3: Generic AI tools: 

3.1: Recommendation Engines

3.2: Predictive models

3.3: Speech Recognition 

3.4: Natural Language Processing

3.5: Computer Vision

Wednesday Day 4: Application areas:

4.1: AI and Marketing

4.2: AI and Finance

4.3: AI and Healthcare

4.4: AI and Agriculture

4.5: AI and autonomous transportation

Friday Day 5: AI and Social Good

5.1: The future of work and human dignity

5.2: AI and SDGs ( Sustainable Development Goals)

5.3: World economic forum on ethical issues in AI

5.4: AI and bias 

5.5: AI in the foreseeable future