Remember the DARPA Grand Challenge? It's been covered here on The Kneeslider several times when Ghostrider, the riderless motorcycle, was trying to qualify, it involved vehicles traversing a technically challenging course without any human intervention. Sebastian Thrun, who is director of the Stanford AI Lab, led the team that won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and went on to work on Google's self-driving car. Thrun, along with Peter Norvig, the Director of Research at Google, will be teaching an online "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence" class beginning September 26th. Several hundred Stanford students will be taking the course and now, so can you. Oh, by the way, ... it's free!
Stanford has been offering some portions of its classes online for a few years, but this year, for CS221: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, the entire class will be online and you can sign up. There is no cost, however, you have to do the work, study, take quizzes and complete graded homework assignments, plus midterm and final exams. You'll need to buy the book that accompanies the course but the course itself is free.
If you survive, you'll get a certificate of completion from the instructors, along with a final grade that you can compare to the grades of all those supersmart kids at Stanford.
You won't technically earn credits for the course unless you're a Stanford student, but for all practical purposes, you'll be getting the exact same knowledge and experience
This is one more great example of opportunities to learn popping up everywhere. Anyone who wants to learn, can learn. There's no shortage of real knowledge available at low cost or no cost, all it takes is initiative and motivation. Whether it's MIT putting all of their courses online or the Khan Academy offering thousands of free videos online, it's all out there waiting for you, but no one can make you do it, you have to do that yourself. Over 10,000 students have signed up already, class starts September 26th, but you must sign up by the 20th.
So, do you think you're up to it? Find out if you have what it takes. Check it out.