Amazon to launch free AI skills training

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, has announced that it will provide free AI skills training for up to 2 million people by 2025—whether they are Amazon employees or not.

The company is launching its unusual “AI Ready” initiative because “AI is the most transformative technology of our generation,” it said on its website. “If we are going to unlock the full potential of AI to tackle the world’s most challenging problems, we need to make AI education accessible to anyone with a desire to learn.”

The company promises eight new and free AI and generative AI courses, Amazon Web Services (AWS) scholarships for 50,000 high school students globally, and a new collaboration with designed to help students learn about generative AI.