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If you love Andrew Ng's first Coursera course on machine learning as much as I do, you were equally hyped when you heard that deeplearning.ai Since everybody's on a tight schedule, let's try the impossible and finish a course that is laid out to last one month in one week. Let's not rush through though, but actually understand the material. And of course, we'll do it while continuing our 40h/week job. What are the advantages of finishing the course quickly you ask?
"Machine learning is a field of study that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed" -- Arthur Samuel, 1959. Machine learning and artificial intelligence have been a rising field of research in both the corporate and the academic world. Machine learning proves to be incredibly powerful when it comes to making predictions or calculated suggestions that are based on large amounts of data. If an individual wants to master machine learning, how do you start and from where? In order to learn about Machine Learning, one not only needs a keen interest in it but also have the right resources.
It's 9 am on a February morning and the mercury is just inching past 20 degrees Celsius in Bengaluru. The workday is already two hours old in the metropolis's densely laid-out eastern suburb of Marathahalli. A student batch of both unemployed and working software professionals at Robotek Minds, a tech training institute, has just finished its data science class. Data science is the new buzzword in the tech industry and the code jocks in the Marathahalli class have a singular focus: a job or a leg-up at one of the shiny information technology campuses dotting the city and housing the world's leading tech corporations. Which, they hope, will be a passport to a comfortable salary that will grow in long strides in the years ahead as the use of data in the world economy explodes.
No discussion in information technology today is complete without reference to artificial intelligence or AI, in quickspeak. Needless to say, experts in AI are in great demand. Among them, Andrew Ng is often referred to as a go-to guru on AI. He is the co-founder of Coursera, which offers online courses. He is also an adjunct professor at the Stanford University and was formerly the head of Baidu AI Group, and Google Brain. He calls AI, the new electricity. In response to an email from Business Today, he explains why and shares his thoughts on what companies need to do.
Recently, I wrote about the growing importance of investing in the skills of employees so that they can adapt to the changing technology landscape they're working in. It was based on a recent Accenture report that argued that organizations need to take a systemic approach to ensuring that the interaction between man and machine is a smooth one.