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Application Deadline: The 99 AI Challenge

June 14, 2019


While artificial intelligence (AI) feels relatively new, it is quickly reshaping our work and our world. However, most of us don’t understand either the technology itself or its potential impact.

The University of Toronto Libraries is offering an opportunity to change this with The 99, an AI challenge for the U of T community.

We are recruiting a cohort of 88 University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and community members with no technical expertise in AI to participate in a year-long challenge to explore the basics of artificial intelligence.

Open to applicants from all three campuses, the first phase of the challenge consists of an online course starting this July. Designed for the general public, it delves into definitions of AI and its related fields, its philosophy, applications, functionality, and societal implications. No knowledge of programming is required. In fact, we are explicitly seeking applicants with little to no programming experience – just curiosity and a willingness to learn.

In the second phase, participants will help to determine topics for and participate in a series of six in-person discussions and critical engagements with U of T experts on issues surrounding AI, which could include topics from health and education to privacy, bias, robotics, cognitive science and psychology, to cities, art, information, and work.

And in the last phase, the cohort will share what they have learned to help create a report back to the library and beyond. The outcomes may inform decision-making around technology adoption at the library.


June 14, 2019
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University of Toronto Libraries