Stanford Intro to AI course to be taught for free online

by Psy-Kosh1 min read30th Jul 201139 comments

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Taught by professors Sebastian Thurn and Peter Norvig: http://www.ai-class.com/

I figured some here might be interested. :)

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I will definitely be doing this. Anybody wanna form a study group?

Good idea. Are you on Google+?

Please let's keep away from social networks.

[-][anonymous]10y 0

Well I suppose other posters wouldn't mind us starting threads related to the class in the discussion section (as long as they aren't about homework). Perhaps even a series of "cool stuff I learned in the class" might be appreciated by some, :)

Also can I just ask why you dislike the idea?

Because I don't want to have to either miss the cool content, or to create yet another damn login, defeat a swarm of attempts to invade my privacy, deal with the headache of using my real name, my legal name, or a fake name, and in the first two cases keeping the account of sight of half of my social circle.

this.

I just did a google for "free private chat rooms" and came here:

http://www.chatzy.com/

How about we try that?

[-][anonymous]10y 0

Why not set up a irc channel on free node?

[-][anonymous]10y 3

Good points.

[-][anonymous]10y 0

I am and will be doing the class. Feel free to add me. BTW There here are some other threads about LWers doing stuff on google+.

There is also an AICLASS reddit for it now!

Yes, I want to.

[-][anonymous]10y 3

Two new classes have sprang up:

Also is it just me or did the AI class website used to be blue? And didn't the class originally start in September rather than October? Did they change this so it would fall in line with the latter classes?

BTW People taking the other two classes won't be compared to the Stanford students but to other people taking them. I hope it isn't like this in the AI class as well.

Edit: All references in the website to the online students being compared to the Stanford class students have been removed. I guess there where perhaps some complications with how to compare them or Stanford just plain didn't like the idea of a bunch of people with "did better than 95% of a Stanford class" in their CV running around.

[-][anonymous]10y 1

People have expressed some interest for this here in this very thread. :)

There is also a reddit for it now.

Thank you for posting the reddit link which I had not seen before.

Searching for Konkvistador on google + pulls no matches for me.

[-][anonymous]10y 0

I think I have you added by now and vice verse. I don't use my real name for g+ and googles policy towards pseudonyms is rather harsh, if anyone else wants to add me just PM and I'll send you my contact information.

I have signed up and anticipate it eagerly!

Thanks for posting this.

[-][anonymous]10y 0

Same here.

[-][anonymous]10y 2

Thanks for this! This seems very interesting! Anyone else thinking of signing up later this summer?

Yes, tentatively. I've read the textbook, more like given it a first pass, and it's excellent. This should help me stick to a more systematic study. If the video lectures have no transcripts, that'd suck, though (I'm hard of hearing).

I'm in. It may be a stretch of my abilities, but I loooove the idea of competing against Stanford undergraduates.

I was initially considering it, only apparently it has stronger prerequisites than I thought at first. But will see.

EDIT: On third thought, some people are suggesting the initial CS background requirements may not be as tight, so maybe. Will be reading up on it more, (though possibly may also be busy during the months when the course would be taking place, so not sure)

Judging by the book this might be a steep climb but one without sudden dropoffs.

Mind clarifying? Thanks.

The book is very clear, things are not out of order, notation is consistent, and with appendixes the prerequisites are pretty much HS math. So even if the course goes a little fast you should be able to catch up with some extra effort and won't get lost.

Ah, so it doesn't seem to actually demand much in the way of programming background? (ie, I don't have to start out with a mental catalog of zillions of specialized data structures or anything like that then?)

Awesome, thanks.

[-][anonymous]10y 2

Is this a scam? (I ask only because of the unsavory-looking graphic design.)

whois ai-class.com shows Thrun (with his stanford.edu email address) as the registrant and administrative contact, so it seems legit.

No, there are fresh videos of Thrun talking about the course and certificate. If it's a scam, it's ripping off a real Stanford AI class taught by Thrun and Norvig.

No, for real. Either you have highly refined taste in graphics or they fixed it.

[-][anonymous]10y 1

Ok, cool, then this sounds fantastic.

(No, they haven't fixed it. It just looks wrong to me; the only thing I can put my finger on is too many font sizes. I have very definite instincts about this sort of thing but, sadly, not the vocabulary or the skill to make much use of them.)

There are additional low-status markers-- cluttered design, big sensationalist photograph, exclamation points. The unifying concept might be "we don't trust that our words are enough to get your attention".

As far as I know, it's real.

(Note, although it only seems to list knowledge of probability and linear algebra as prerequisites, apparently it does require a bit more than that and that apparently it's the hard version of the course.)

[-][anonymous]10y 0

"Official enrollment is now available!"

I thought I already signed up, do I have to go through this new enrollment?

Yes, the original name and e-mail signup was just to let us know you were interested. In order to participate in the class you must complete the official enrollment.

I've signed up for the advanced track.

[-][anonymous]10y 0

I have easy access to a second edition of Artificial Intelligence, A Modern Approach which is required reading for the AI class, should I still buy the third edition or will this do? Any advice from someone who took the Stanford class?

Well, crap. :/ I'd love to take this, but I'm already going to have a strong enough courseload this semester. I'm not confident that I could keep up.

Awesome. Thank you!

Wow, I never really thought of Thrun as a mad genius before, but now I do.

Which aspect of madness of genius are you referring to?

I think a lot of learning comes in the assignments here...I have vivid memories of friends pulling all-nighters every night to finish their assignments for this class.