Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming the “everything technology,” and recent advancements in the field have accelerated its progress significantly. It’s essential to gain an understanding of AI and anticipate the capabilities of future AI systems in the near-term for various reasons, including national security and defense, business strategy, and even job security.

Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Executive Certificate in Foundations of AI, offered in partnership with Gladstone AI, provides a no-math, no-code introduction to the new era of AI that has produced tools like Chat GPT, Bing Chat, and Stable Diffusion. Course faculty are world-leading experts in technical AI safety and AI policy, who collaborate with researchers at the world’s top AI labs, have briefed senior members of U.S. and Canadian cabinets on AI risk, and train senior U.S. defense and national security officials in AI.

Upon completion of the certificate, , you’ll gain a “gears-level” understanding of AI thanks to battle-tested, math-free explanations that leave you thinking about AI like an engineer. Learn about the trends behind cutting-edge AI research, their strategic implications for businesses, governments, and militaries, and some of the opportunities and risks that are rapidly emerging from what is poised to become the most important technology of the 21st century. Additionally, you’ll learn the principles that can empower organizations to navigate the new era of AI successfully.

The Executive Certificate in Foundations of Artificial Intelligence is awarded to those who complete the Foundations of AI course.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Define the fundamentals of AI, and how it works, without using any math or technical jargon. comprehend 
  • Describe opportunities and new applications of AI. We’ll explore new applications of AI that only recently became possible, and examine examples of real-world use cases for those applications.
  • Identify malicious and adversarial uses of AI, including super-scale spear phishing attacks, information operations, and cyberattacks enabled by new AI techniques.
  • Examine AI accidents and alignment risks. As AI systems become more advanced, they may find dangerously creative ways to achieve their programmed objectives, leading to new classes of accidents. AI accidents are already causing harm today, but in the future, they may represent a source of global risk. We’ll explore the present and future of AI accidents.
  • Recognize solutions, opportunities, and AI risk mitigation strategies. Advances in AI have created real risks, but opportunities and risk mitigation strategies exist. We’ll explore both, arming you with the perspective you need to navigate the emerging AI landscape.

Who Should Attend?


Aspiring global professionals with strategy, problem-solving, and decision-making responsibilities.

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Leaders looking to gain a competitive edge by understanding how AI can be leveraged to automate processes or create new kinds of value for customers through next-generation, AI-first products.

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Executives learning how to manage the disruptions created by accelerating AI advances.

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Professionals from the public and private sectors who want to AI-proof their career paths, and position themselves as nontechnical AI specialists within their organizations. 


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Foundations of Artificial Intelligence Executive Certificate $1,500 Register

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