Remember back in August when Stanford offered that Artificial Intelligence course online, the same course taken by students on campus where you could sign up and take it for free? Tens of thousands of people took advantage of the offer, so Stanford has expanded and improved their lineup. The new list offers computer science 101, machine learning, human computer interaction, technology entrepreneurship and many more computer and technology courses. These are very high caliber courses taught by leaders in their respective fields. Very impressive.
Many of you are already tech savvy and constantly looking for ways to expand your knowledge, though sometimes you haven't had the opportunity or funds to take serious courses like these. Well, here's the opportunity and no funds are necessary, though there is a price to pay, you have to do some very hard work and make no mistake, courses like machine learning are hard. You might find out you really weren't cut out for this line of study, but if you were, it's here and isn't it worth knowing if you can meet the challenge?
There has been an absolute explosion of knowledge coming online that is more and more accessible to everyone. Those old excuses don't work anymore. To quote myself:
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.
People that know me personally, know how passionate I am about this sort of thing. Every time I hear someone say they were unlucky, didn't have the opportunities some other people had, didn't have the money for school, don't have the time, don't know where to look and on and on, I stop them and start pointing out what they can do right now if they want to. Those "unlucky" people work really hard on their excuses and not very hard on overcoming the obstacles they imagine exist. Obstacles are in your mind, opportunities to learn and get ahead are everywhere.
These Stanford courses are just one more example, but if you're looking, you'll see many more every day. Be a learner, be a builder, be a doer. Challenge yourself. Be an example that inspires others to follow. It's all good.
Link: Machine Learning