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IBM Applied AI Professional Certificate Program: Q&A with Luis
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Are you interested or enrolled in the IBM Applied AI Professional Certificate program?

@Luis Gerardo Ayala B. finished the program in April and he welcomes your questions.

What would you like to know about the the IBM Applied AI Professional Certificate?

From May 8–17, post your questions for Luis below and he’ll respond to as many as he can over the following week.

About the Q&A Host

Luis has experience in various industries, including accounting, law, non-profits, and education. Right now he’s working on developing a start-up. He lives in Sincelejo, Colombia. To learn more about Luis, you might want to check out this interview.


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Hello, What is the difference between IBM Applied AI Professional Certificate and IBM Data Science Professional Certificate?

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Hello, What is the difference between IBM Applied AI Professional Certificate and IBM Data Science Professional Certificate?

 

Cordial greetings @Heidy Castelblanco,

Feel welcome to the Coursera community, thank you for participating in this Q&A session.

 

Given your question, it should be noted that both are great-quality certifications and lead to a high development of skills focused on artificial intelligence.

Let me start with IBM Applied AI, this certification consists of 6 courses, where its focus is to identify the services and APIs of IBM Watson through the IBM cloud, something interesting, when we identify the range of services that provides, we certainly see the magnitude and development of IBM in this field, many of them open to the general user, having an IBM id, which is the designated account for that organization.


Within the courses you will develop implementation skills such as:

  • Creation of virtual assistants / chatbots.
  • Speech to text.
  • Watson Discovery and Assistant.
  • Image recognition.
  • Face detection.

Something to note is these are in the high-level components, which means their structure is already pre-established and, therefore, the first 4 items can be made without the need to code.
The advantage of this, is that when you use the applied services of IBM, they can be linked to your website or app, I made a chatbot demo to a entire company, which if any other participant asks me, I will gladly tell more about this, wanting to encourage others to this wonderful event.

Instead with Face detection, the python programming code is used, together the watson and openCV libraries, then you can generate an end-to-end project, which will result in a effective model for any image you want to detect faces, very interesting.

 

Now IBM Data Science is focused on managing processes in a more explicit way, this consists of 9 courses, where it shows you the introduction of what is needed to get into this field and what are the most used tools, such as Pandas , NumPy, Matplotlib, Seaborn, Folium, ipython-sql, Scikit-learn, ScipPy and their respective libraries, it means when you enroll, you can do it without previous experience, since they have put dedication in a way that you will learn each of them as you go.
Thus you will acquire skills such as python and sql for data science, analysis and visualization of data, and also some of machine learning, generating knowledge not just theoretical, as well practical through projects, found in each of the courses.

 

It can be said that both are amazing, because one identifies the AI ​​in the way of using tools and the other identifies the AI ​​in the way  of information processing.

 

I send you kind regards and I hope that you follow this journey inside the AI field advances, there is a lot of opportunities where each person can undertake their projects ideas with accurately and high performance.

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What will be the next step after the Certificate Completion? What type of Opportunities would open up? (Certification Exams etc)

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Cordial greetings esteemed @DavidBert1,

 

That's an interesting question, when you finish a certificate like these or any other, wanting to generalize, I consider that we do an introspection process, is when you identify where you want to go, that mean, since this is a wide field, and you want know which sector do you consider to be the one that has caught your attention the most, is focus from there. That's why you see in the field of AI, there are, software engineer, data scientist, machine learning engineer, data analyst, deep learning researcher, and these in turn have an application environment, such as Data engineering, Modeling, Deployment, Business Analysis, among others.
So the acquisition of knowledge is continuous and progressive.
Opportunities come and go, it all depends on the perspective of the observer, there are always opportunities, however, you must take into account that how long are you willing spend to achieving an objective and how far you want to go.


As an example, in IBM applied AI, you have the privilege of using the services of IBM Watson, such as image recognition. Observing the environment and seeing that now the most pertinent is the health sector, imagine that you have a great idea of ​​how use this service to contribute in a certain way, let's say, that your think is, the fundamental thing in health is that everything be clean, this is market observation and identification of the problem.
How to give you a solution to know if something is clean or dirty?, that's an opportunity.
Through the images, you get the great idea that ultraviolet rays, UV, when penetrating a place, shows dirt in bright spots.
Then, with IBM Image Recognition, you take a series of UV images (trainning examples) for algorithm training and depending on the quantity, place, position, saturation, intensity, light spectrum, then your model will be good, so when you want to verify a place, is to take a photo with uv, go through the model and this will tell you how much the percentage of dirt is and if you are very good, you can add labels and identify what type of dirt it is.

Great right!, now, how long will it take you to do that?, without IBM Services, it could take year, with IBM it could take months, just because you already have an API and you won't do the code from scratch, avoiding bugs, identifying what parameters should you add, data tunning, image size, hyperparameters.
So let's say it takes you 6 months to do that.

 

In same time, let's say another person started simultaneously, and saw that IBM applied AI, in the process of automating things, he/she do a market observation and identification of a problem.
How to give you a solution to many people can't go out, they need to buy and have someone attend to their orders.
This time she/he realized that can use IBM assistant, by creating a chatbot, which could be on a minimarket page, serving 24/7, 365 days a year, on any order from anyone, from 20 to 20,000 requests per day.
Then using IBM Watson Assistant, it will focus on creating the options of, Intents, Entities and Dialogs, without having to start from scratch, avoiding bugs and complexities, so you start adding and adding all situations that a person can write so that your chatbot works optimally and meets the expected results, let's say it takes 6 months, (if you don't do it with IBM service, but from zero it would take year).

If we relating these two opportunities, Image Recognition and Virtual Assistant, if you do one you will stop doing the other, because a person does things by their distribution of effort, dedication with respect to time. Then which one do you want to do? This is the interesting thing about the opportunities and the experience will tell you, the most essential is that you have many things that you can do and achieve.
Like this exist countless opportunities as a create a new start-up, for example. It's matter of what do you want.

Therefore, in the progress you will need more knowledge, so continuing to certify in other courses, taking exams and more, will contribute in a good way to make this more efficient and know which way to go.

 

 

Thanks for participate in this amazing event and my best to you.
Regards.

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For starting up with this course is it mandatory to know something? Or the course trains us from scratch?

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For starting up with this course is it mandatory to know something? Or the course trains us from scratch?

Cordial greetings @Rubesh_Murthy,

 

The objective of this Professional Certificate is that you gain the skills to understand relevant methods Applied to AI models, through the IBM API or services, within the IBM cloud.
It’s possible to say, in this set of courses, you will learn from scratch, without needing to understand how these services operate, since as you progress they explain very well the options and their functions.


It should be noted that in the last course they use Python and libraries such as watson (an own IBM library) and OpenCV, then if you have a basic knowledge of Python it will be useful, otherwise you can learn it, within the assignments, there are the Cognitive Class Labs, where they give you the notions of python inside of Jupyter Notebook, so you can feel welcome to do it.
In my case, I think for any course, the only requirement is to have the encouragement, the desire and the will to do it, that as you progress, you can learn progressively, also, through the use of the forums if you have any questions, or since having so much information on the word wide web, with a couple of hours or days, you can learn the fundamental elements necessary to continue or feel, let's say, with more confidence.

 

Kind regards, i hope you be motivated to take this journey in the AI field, feel comfortable in this amazing community and happy learning. 

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Is there any review or appeal mechanism for peer review assessment? I feel like some assessors are quite random. Thanks!

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@GigiChung Cordial greetings and welcome to Coursera Community,

 

When an assignment is peer reviewed, you'll get feedback from other people taking the course. You'll also need to review other people's assignments and give them feedback.” - Quoted by Coursera Help Center.

 

This is a initiative when learners evaluated in some sense to others learners in the same course, the approach of this, go through a motivation of, “if you learned something you obtain the availability to have an analytic reasoning about this field or course, then is to promote the socialization based in how the others do the same assignment and give your feedback or comment”.

I understand what do you say, in some case maybe because the learners don’t have the habit to review instead of being reviewed, they just skip and do just to fulfill the requirements of the course, that is, review 1 or 3 learner in order to keep moving forward, without check the importance of this process not only by the qualification, also for the criterian be proactive and support the improving of the other learners by a good feedback or even by a motivation comment.

Then is internally of every person, so its not possible how to handle the feedbacks, instead, is give the awareness that, by doing this, will can stimulate and develop new cognitives and leadership skills. 

 

I hope you keep with your learning process and if you want also can ask me about the AI field, and i will do my best in order to give you an approach of what studyline can you follow or do you like to dive in this topic.

 

Kind regards.

 

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Hello @Luis Gerardo Ayala B. ,

I’m really glad to hear from you and learn from your experience!

As you know, I accomplished more than 40 AI courses on Coursera, but actually I didn’t take the applied AI professional certificate by IBM yet. 

Can you please tell us what value exactly this specialization adds for us in improving our practical skills? And how did you benefit from the projects of this entire program?

Thank you!

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Cordial greetings @Mo Rebaie

 

Awesome to see your motivation of achieve all the goals that you set, have more than 40 AI courses, it’s because you dedicate time, effort and improve yourself in order to help anyone that dive in this area, and be the AI Community Leader, I've seen your capacities and methodologies by contributing to the development of virtual meetings, managing projects and AI teamgroups that encourage the understanding of this area for those who want to incur on it.

The pleasure it’s totally mine, really appreciate you participation and also your great friendship, that’s why i prepared a splendid answer for the questions.

 

  • Can you please tell us what value exactly this specialization adds for us in improving our practical skills?

Identifying the processes that take place in the environment, the practical skills are based on the observation, deduction, approach and elaboration of new ideas in favor of satisfying the opportunities.
That is why within the IBM Applied AI Professional Certificate, we find fundamental tools that promote the creation of new ideas through the use of their services, in theory they teach us how to apply methods such as face detection, image recognition, speech to text, text to speech and watson assistant.

Let's see an added value to a practical case; my skills are focused on the economic sector.
It’s true to say, the circumstances make an entrepreneur see obstacles as opportunities, then how a situation can be solved through new skills, well, since many establishments and commercial premises cannot physically open or attend to conglomerations of people, this fact can be, feasible, sustainable, if you develop an initiative through what you have learned, that is, the use of a Virtual Assistant, a Chatbot, where you apply these services.

With all the appreciation I show you a case, this is a demo version (not official) of a florist in Spain, where I spent three months making the chatbot have almost all the options on its website, FlowerChatShop Assistant.
Then, as you will see, being in Colombia, I generated an idea to another continent, and it was possible thanks to the fact that IBM applications are stored on their servers and can be added as an extension anywhere in the world.

 

  • How did you benefit from the projects of this entire program?

Because the field is AI, based in the projects of the professional program you can generate widely ideas, like make an automated customer service platform, as an example, imagine that we are the team in a local market, the crowd, the stores, the merchants and the person serving, In order to know what the store has, we not only look at it, we also interact with the person who attends, this is where our creativity starts, if we will make a platform where many stores are involved and its social purpose is to make who attends be chatbots.
We will take care of the software part to customer service optimizing chatbot learning by the dialogs, then like this exist a satisfactory experience and generate traffic from potential customers to this place/VirtualAssistantPlatform(can be called VAP-Shopstore).

We would be a virtual market place where there will be hundreds of chatbots(each one in a respective store) that will serve to assist any user about what they ask.

This need, due to the rise of virtual stores, we would be responsible for exercising the task of being an intermediary in the client's communication with what he wants and we would redirect him to what he is looking for.

 

Therefore it great, logical, analytical, functional and helpful by using the skills and services learned inside the entire program.

 

 

Kind regards and if is interesing, tell me and with all the desire i contribute to make it possible.

 

Sometimes we have the desire to do something, however, many things can’t make it alone, if took me 3 months one chatbot, how many will take me 100, take care the maintance of the website, the contacts of the stores for official partnership, invited stores, segmented stores by location, segmented stores by promotions, segmented stores by article relevance, (among others), the marketing, the funding, the data analysis, the optimization learning of the chatbots based in the new dialogs, the advertisements, the help center, that's why the new ideas generate new employments.

It’s believing in your dreams, don't give up, keep trying and know that you can also benefit collectively and are capable to innovate and do many things by learning skills.

 

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Cordial greetings @Mo Rebaie

 

Awesome to see your motivation of achieve all the goals that you set, have more than 40 AI courses, it’s because you dedicate time, effort and improve yourself in order to help anyone that dive in this area, and be the AI Community Leader, I've seen your capacities and methodologies by contributing to the development of virtual meetings, managing projects and AI teamgroups that encourage the understanding of this area for those who want to incur on it.

The pleasure it’s totally mine, really appreciate you participation and also your great friendship, that’s why i prepared a splendid answer for the questions.

 

  • Can you please tell us what value exactly this specialization adds for us in improving our practical skills?

Identifying the processes that take place in the environment, the practical skills are based on the observation, deduction, approach and elaboration of new ideas in favor of satisfying the opportunities.
That is why within the IBM Applied AI Professional Certificate, we find fundamental tools that promote the creation of new ideas through the use of their services, in theory they teach us how to apply methods such as face detection, image recognition, speech to text, text to speech and watson assistant.

Let's see an added value to a practical case; my skills are focused on the economic sector.
It’s true to say, the circumstances make an entrepreneur see obstacles as opportunities, then how a situation can be solved through new skills, well, since many establishments and commercial premises cannot physically open or attend to conglomerations of people, this fact can be, feasible, sustainable, if you develop an initiative through what you have learned, that is, the use of a Virtual Assistant, a Chatbot, where you apply these services.

With all the appreciation I show you a case, this is a demo version (not official) of a florist in Spain, where I spent three months making the chatbot have almost all the options on its website, FlowerChatShop Assistant.
Then, as you will see, being in Colombia, I generated an idea to another continent, and it was possible thanks to the fact that IBM applications are stored on their servers and can be added as an extension anywhere in the world.

 

  • How did you benefit from the projects of this entire program?

Because the field is AI, based in the projects of the professional program you can generate widely ideas, like make an automated customer service platform, as an example, imagine that we are the team in a local market, the crowd, the stores, the merchants and the person serving, In order to know what the store has, we not only look at it, we also interact with the person who attends, this is where our creativity starts, if we will make a platform where many stores are involved and its social purpose is to make who attends be chatbots.
We will take care of the software part to customer service optimizing chatbot learning by the dialogs, then like this exist a satisfactory experience and generate traffic from potential customers to this place/VirtualAssistantPlatform(can be called VAP-Shopstore).

We would be a virtual market place where there will be hundreds of chatbots(each one in a respective store) that will serve to assist any user about what they ask.

This need, due to the rise of virtual stores, we would be responsible for exercising the task of being an intermediary in the client's communication with what he wants and we would redirect him to what he is looking for.

 

Therefore it great, logical, analytical, functional and helpful by using the skills and services learned inside the entire program.

 

 

Kind regards and if is interesing, tell me and with all the desire i contribute to make it possible.

 

Sometimes we have the desire to do something, however, many things can’t make it alone, if took me 3 months one chatbot, how many will take me 100, take care the maintance of the website, the contacts of the stores for official partnership, invited stores, segmented stores by location, segmented stores by promotions, segmented stores by article relevance, (among others), the marketing, the funding, the data analysis, the optimization learning of the chatbots based in the new dialogs, the advertisements, the help center, that's why the new ideas generate new employments.

It’s believing in your dreams, don't give up, keep trying and know that you can also benefit collectively and are capable to innovate and do many things by learning skills.

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Thanks for participate in this amazing Coursera Event :blush:.

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I hope let’s keep growing :seedling: and learning in this great educative platform together, kind regards and my best to everyone :deciduous_tree:.  

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I recently acquired my IBM Applied AI Professional Certificate. What are the career prospects for those who hold this qualification? Which companies or MNCs in India recognize this qualification? How does one use this qualification to apply for a job as say, an AI chatbot developer? Is there any Work From Home jobs that involve this qualification? I also have a Google IT Support Professional Certificate. Any thoughts?

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Hello @Akhil M,

 

I'ts nice to see that you are achieved both the Applied AI Professionnal Certificate and Google IT Support Professional Certificate, one of the thoughts that i can say right now, is due the global situation, there is more demand than offers, that is, to large numbers of people there are few job vacancies, then is take the initiative and you propose your skills in order to satisfy a need in certain enterprise or organization, you can help yourself by doing a strong portfolio to show what you can do, also mostly the enterprise always need something, is the sense of innovativeness, therefore, if you feel in some entity you can contribute in that sense, be encourage to send a mail, even if there is not a vacancy published, and for sure they will appreciated the effort and dedication to see an opportunity, market research, the time to you dedicated making these idea for theirs and write the email, the most that they can reply you, is Thanks for the mail, is good the thing that you show us, but unfortunately we are not hiring right now, maybe in a future we will contact you.


When things do not arrive we must go out to look for them, or create them.

 

Cheers to the distance, keep moving forward and that you find this senses of innovation by improving your skills in order to achieve your goals.

 

 

Regards.

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