Get certified in safety and security for the AI era.

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In 2020, a breakthrough in AI led to a new generation of far more powerful AI systems. These systems have unlocked tremendous economic value, but are also rapidly introducing unprecedented malicious use and accident risks.

Our new course, Foundations of AI: Opportunity and Risk in the New Era of Artificial Intelligence, offers intuitive, battle-tested explanations of how AI systems work, explains the 2020 AI revolution, and discusses its implications for corporate and NatSec strategy.

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Taught by Silicon Valley insiders.

Gladstone's course is designed from the ground up by technical AI specialists. Our instructors include the former Head of Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Defense Department’s Joint AI Center, and experienced AI startup founders of companies backed by top Silicon Valley VCs.
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Designed for policy professionals.

This course was developed in consultation with world-leading AI policy experts, including the heads of AI policy at the U.S. Department of Defense, OpenAI, Anthropic, and the World Economic Forum.
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Informed by experience.

Our instructors have briefed policymakers at all levels on AI risk, from junior analysts to senior civil service, four-star generals, and cabinet-level political leaders across the US, UK, EU, and Canada.
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Built for the real world.

It’s not just about knowing the fundamentals of AI. It’s also about understanding the culture of AI, its big players, and the landscape you need to navigate to create AI-responsive security policy.

Foundations of AI: Opportunity and Risk in the New Era of Artificial Intelligence

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This course is for you if

You're a leader, policy professional, planner, analyst, or consultant specializing in security policy, whether you’re a junior analyst or managing a policy team or program.
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You don't need to be technical

No technical experience or prior understanding of AI is required.
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Get direct, real-time support

Get 4 live, interactive lectures each week with our expert instructors. 2 hours a day, 4 days a week for two weeks.

Course overview

Week 1:
Fundamentals of AI

Lesson 1

The new era of AI

  • Accelerating capabilities in the AI scaling era
  • Examples of threats from new AI capabilities

Lesson 2

Datasets and algorithms

  • Introduction to datasets and algorithms
  • Basic AI models

Lesson 3

Neural networks & deep learning

  • Artificial neural networks
  • Computer vision with deep learning

Lesson 4

Language models

  • How AIs master language
  • Why mastering language leads to generality

Week 2:
Risks and solutions

Lesson 5

Foundation models

  • How foundation models changed AI
  • The AI scaling race and its implications

Lesson 6

Malicious uses of AI

  • Malicious AI capabilities in the last 2 years
  • Risk mitigation strategies

Lesson 7

Adversarial AI

  • Types of adversarial attacks
  • Risk mitigation strategies

Lesson 8

AI accidents and AI alignment

  • Causes of AI accidents and alignment risk
  • Risk mitigation strategies
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Get ready for advanced AI.