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Whether it’s Spotify silently curating the soundtrack to our lives, Facebook recommending us new videos, or our smart phone’s Google assistant recognising our voice, machine learning slots into our days in ways we often don’t even notice.

Our online machine learning courses will help you to get to grips with the basics of machine learning technology and take your understanding further for work and study.

What is machine learning?

Machine learning is a branch of artificial intelligence and a type of data analysis.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the science of mimicking human responses and actions, whereas machine learning is the concept of training the machine how to learn.

Systems learn from data they collect by identifying patterns and use these insights to make decisions without human intervention.

What type of companies use machine learning?

As the amount and variety of data we can collect increases, computer processing becomes cheaper and more advanced, and data storage becomes more affordable, organisations in a diverse range of sectors are waking up to the widespread benefits of machine learning.

For any company that works with data, machine learning enables them to quickly and automatically build models to analyse complex data sets that can help them avoid risk, identify new opportunities and much more.

Applications of machine learning can be seen in areas like transport for traffic management, healthcare for treatment optimisation, finance for stock market trading, and even retail for personalising your shopping experience.

As such, building your skills and understanding of machine learning and AI technology will boost your CV for work in a variety of sectors.

Study machine learning online

Our online machine learning courses are suited for total beginners through to professionals working with AI and machine learning applications.

If you’re new to the subject and are looking for insight on how AI and machine learning is changing how we work, this course on the applications of AI is a great place to begin.

Once you’ve got to grips with the basics, you can explore how machine learning is impacting the arts in this course on creative AI and this course on applying creative machine learning.

All of our machine learning courses are created and facilitated by technologists and researchers working at the cutting-edge of the field, as well as leading data science and AI academic from our top educational institutions.

Join courses for free today and enhance your knowledge in this key area and discover fascinating examples of machine learning in our world today.

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Earn personalised machine learning certificates when you complete an online course on FutureLearn, complete with lead educator signatures, organisation logos and course details. Share your achievements with employers, on Linkedin, on your CV and more.

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