‘Shark’ Mark Cuban bringing AI bootcamp to United Wholesale Mortgage campus in Pontiac

A noted “shark” is bringing his philanthropic artificial intelligence training bootcamp to metro Detroit later this year.

Mark Cuban, a billionaire entrepreneur, “Shark Tank” star and owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball team will bring the Mark Cuban Foundation Artificial Intelligence (AI) Bootcamp to the region this fall, according to a news release.

One of more than 20 cohorts taking place around the country, the no-cost bootcamp will be targeted at high school students and will introduce underserved students in grades 9-12 to basic AI concepts and skills, according to the release.

Cuban’s bootcamp aims to show students “what artificial intelligence is and is not, where they already interact with AI in their own lives, and the ethical implications of AI systems including but not limited to TikTok recommendations, smart home assistants, facial recognition, and self -driving cars to name a few,” according to the release.

Reports show that executives increasingly view AI skills as critical, with 63 percent believing that artificial intelligence “is very important to company success now,” according to a Deloitte survey done last year.

Another 68 percent believe their organization has “moderate to extreme AI skills gaps,” and 56 percent “predicts AI will transform the business within three years.”

The Michigan cohort of Cuban’s bootcamp will consist of 20-30 students and run over four consecutive Saturdays from Oct. 22 through Nov. 12. The local bootcamp will take place at the headquarters of mortgage lending company United Wholesale Mortgage in Pontiac.

The student and parent application is open at markcubanai.org/application. Students do not need any prior experience with computer science, programming, or robotics to apply and attend.

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