Applied Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Work

An Ashoka University online course for high-school students.


Debayan Gupta

Course Dates

23rd May – 1st June


INR 12,000 + GST


5 to 7pm

About The Course

AI is a buzzword like no other. Automation has revolutionized industry after industry, but AI promises to automate thought itself. Is this even possible? And if so, what does it mean for the future of work, and for humanity? This course will provide a basic foundation in the history of AI, along with some practical (current) uses, and then try to understand how the field will evolve. We’ll also go through a number of common AI tasks; students with a background in programming are encouraged to code up some of these by themselves. In addition to the above, we will also cover some psychology and neurobiology, and discuss how humans perceive intelligence.

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    Course Faculty

    Mahavir Jhawar

    Debayan Gupta

    Ph.D. Yale University

    Debayan Gupta is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Ashoka University, where he teaches a course on security and privacy as well as an introductory programming class. He is also a visiting professor and research affiliate at MIT and MIT-Sloan. Debayan’s primary areas of interest include secure computation, cryptography, and privacy. He also occasionally dabbles in number theory, complexity theory, robotics, and machine learning (and, on rare occasions, economics). He has helped start a number of companies in India and abroad and holds board positions in these start-ups. He also consults for and advises companies on cybersecurity, helping c-suite individuals understand and mitigate cyber-risk. He has a Ph.D. from Yale University and a Bachelor’s degree from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.

    Horizons Course Objectives

    Discover Your Interest and Aptitude

    Go Deep Into Specific Disciplines

    Learn with Amazing Peers from Schools across India

    Explore Unique Perspectives and Ideas

    Develop New Skills and Abilities

    Learning Support for the Course

    Satpreet Makhija

    Teaching Assistant

    Satpreet Makhija – Teaching Assistant
    Satpreet is a fourth year Computer Science undergraduate student at Ashoka University. He will be joining Google as a Strategic Cloud Engineer in July 2022. During his undergraduate studies, he has changed his major so many times that he has lost count. Economics, Maths, English, to name a few. He finally found his home at the culmination of them all, Computer Science. He wants to be at the intersection of technology and society. Currently, he is obsessed with cryptocurrencies. He plays tennis in his free time. His favourite book, Notes from Underground. You can find him @Samafromearth on Twitter.

    Madhavi Menon

    Professor of English, Ashoka University

    Director, Centre for Studies in Gender & Sexuality

    Director of the PhD Programme in English

    Ph.D. Tufts University

    Madhavi Menon is an eminent theorist and scholar of gender, sexuality, politics, and identity. 

    She joined Ashoka University in 2013 as one of its founding faculty members. She went on to establish the university’s Centre for Gender & Sexuality Studies (CSGS), which is the first of its kind in India. Previously, she was a professor at Ithaca College and American University

    Most prominently known for her work on queer theory and Shakespeare, she has also edited the collection Shakesqueer and written three books on Shakespeare and sexuality. She is also most recently the author of Infinite Varieties: A History of Desire in India and Law of Desire: Rulings on Sex & Sexuality in India. 

    In addition to being Director of CSGS, she is the Director of the Ph.D. programme in English and Professor of English at Ashoka University.