Microsoft Launched Artificial Intelligence Initiative in Brazil

As part of its resolutions to promote technological development in Latin America, Microsoft has decided to teach Artificial Intelligence courses during 2019 in Brazil.

Microsoft has announced a new initiative to train more than 3 million Brazilian students in topics related to artificial intelligence (AI).

During the Microsoft AI + Tour event in São Paulo, the firm’s chief executive Satya Nadella announced the pro-bono partnership with school networks SESI and SENAI to offer training in artificial intelligence in courses.

During the announcement, Nadella said governments should accelerate the adoption of automation, but create new capabilities at the same time.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to generate advances in digital technologies – and specifically in AI – to empower each person and each organization in Brazil to achieve more,” Nadella told delegates at Tuesday’s event.

There are four courses available through the school network’s online platform, which cover the introduction to AI and data science, data science fundamentals development of solutions using Azure, Bot and IoT. Other courses will come to develop applications and chatbots that use Microsoft’s cognitive services, as well as courses on the cloud and innovation.

“Educating young Brazilians with the technologies of the so-called Industry 4.0 such as AI is fundamental for Brazil to keep up with the technological revolution,” said Rafael Lucchesi, director general at SENAI and director-superintendent at SESI.

“Qualified professionals are the key for the country to join this global movement, which will determine the generation of new jobs and people’s quality of life,” he added.

All these new implementations are part of an effort by Microsoft to promote development in Latin America in general.

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What Is Expected From These Changes?

The IA could boost GDP growth in Brazil key markets by up to 6.43% in the next 15 years, according to a study led by Brazilian think-thank Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Currently, AI impacts on agriculture, transport, communications, oil and gas and government, which together represent the 36,4% of GDP.

If Brazilian organizations continue to use automation technologies such as artificial intelligence at the current rate, this could mean that 30 million jobs will be eliminated by 2026, according to the research.

Satya Nadella talking about IA in Brazil.