This course provides a high-level introduction to two rapidly developing technologies: artificial intelligence and blockchain. Artificial intelligence, in particular machine learning and natural language processing algorithms, has been adopted by a variety of real-world FinTech companies that build their business based on credit scoring, fraud detection, real-estate valuation, portfolio management, and quantitative trading. Blockchain technology is the cornerstone of cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, and decentralized finance, a rising industry with great potential to disrupt the future of finance.
This course is designed for those who are interested in the inner workings of the technologies, as well as their applications in the FinTech industry. Specifically, it places emphases on the philosophy and intuition behind these technologies, as well as their promises and perils, but not on the technical details.
Class Meets Summer 2023: 8/7, 8/8, 8/10, 8/11, 8/12