Attend an AI Course at Stanford

If you’ve always wanted an introduction to artificial intelligence but couldn’t find the course offering at ABAC, now is your time.   IEEE Spectrum has an article telling us that Stanford University is offering online access to the same course materials, quizzes, and tests alongside paying Stanford students – only you don’t have to pay.

Everyone is welcome and there are reportedly already over 10,000 people registered for the course.  Apparently there’s no limit to the number in attendance, but there is a deadline: online registration ends September 20, and class starts on October 10.  There is one drawback to the free course, though: you still have to buy the book.  I’d recommend the book if you’re serious.  In fact, you’d have to be really serious.  Used copies are going for around $90.  Even the Kindle edition is over $100.

Artificial intelligence (AI)  is, simply put, computers learning about the world around them.  AI drives projects like the DARPA Grand Challenge and parts of Google search.  It’s what does voice recognition so well on your Android phone and routes your call to the right person when you call a big company.  AI can lead to a world of opportunities, all of which can also spark an idea for the next Sci-Fi thriller.

Also, I believe this is a prime opportunity to get at least a feel for what classes are like at Stanford.  I’ve always wanted to go to one of the big schools myself and find out if it is any tougher than the college courses I took.  I know I didn’t go to a school as highly regarded as MIT or Stanford, but I still had to take integral calculus, and it still nearly tore me in half.  A little sophomore course in Artificial Intelligence can’t be that bad, can it?  Read more about the offering here.

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