‘Shark’ Mark Cuban brings AI bootcamp to Pontiac’s United Wholesale Mortgage Campus

A famous “shark” will bring his charity AI boot camp to Metro Detroit later this year.

Billionaire entrepreneur, “Shark Tank” star and Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball owner Mark Cuban will bring the Mark Cuban Foundation artificial intelligence (AI) training camp to the region this fall, according to a press release.

As one of more than 20 boot camps held across the country, the free boot camp will target high school students and will introduce basic AI concepts and skills to underserved students in grades 9-12, according to the release.

Cuban’s boot camp aims to show students “what is and isn’t artificial intelligence, that they are already interacting with artificial intelligence in their own lives, and the ethical implications of artificial intelligence systems, including but not limited to TikTok recommendations, smart home assistants , facial recognition and self-driving cars and more,” according to the press release.

A Deloitte survey last year revealed that executives increasingly view AI skills as critical, with 63 percent believing that AI is “very important to the success of the company right now.”

Another 68% believe their organization has a “moderate to extreme AI skills gap” and 56% “predict AI will transform business within three years”.

The Michigan cohort for Cuba Camp will consist of 20-30 students for four consecutive Saturdays starting October 10th. November 22-November 12. The local camp will be held at the headquarters of Pontiac mortgage company United Wholesale Mortgage.

Student and parent applications are open at markcubanai.org/application. Students do not need any experience in computer science, programming or robotics to apply and participate.

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