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BigMan157
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maybe a interesting talking point at best

1/24/2012 2:22:46 PM

moron
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Which is sad because I feel like i learned a lot of useful information.

1/24/2012 9:13:13 PM

tchenku
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you can put it right next to your MENSA bullet point

1/27/2012 3:48:53 PM

0EPII1
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they have bigger plans, so that it is not just a bullet point:

Quote :
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AI Class E-mail Robot ? hal@ai-class.com to me

show details 8:04 AM (3 hours ago)

Hi X,

Thank you for your interest in AI Class and congratulations to those who
successfully graduated. We were totally amazed that over 23,000 students
made it all the way to the end in a Stanford graduate-level class.

Due to popular demand, we are teaching a follow-up class: AI for
Robotics at http://www.udacity.com . Also due to popular demand, we now have
a programming environment, so you can develop and test software. Our
goal is to teach you to program a self-driving car in 7 weeks. This
is a topic very close to my heart, and I am eager to share it with
you. (This class builds on the concepts in ai-class, but ai-class is
NOT required).

We are also launching an introduction to programming class, where
students will learn to program a search engine, without any prior
knowledge of programming. This will be great for students new to
computer science.

We are doing this with a new university: Udacity. In the next months,
we will offer an entire computer science curriculum through Udacity,
and offer certification services so that an entire degree can be obtained
online.

I would love to see you in class again! I would also love if you could
help us spread the word and recruit students. Udacity is an experiment
in democratizing education, in making free education available for
everyone in the world. It can only succeed if you join us and help
spread the word.

Sebastian"

2/4/2012 3:17:01 AM

qntmfred
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there was some talk about that on the last page too if you missed it

Also, there's a TON more classes being offered this semester at http://www.cs101-class.org/hub.php
which is organized by Stanford professors Andrew Ng (the ml-class prof) and Daphne Koller as part of their competing startup called Coursera. very interesting to see how these two competing startups have evolved separately out of the same Stanford initiative.

[Edited on February 4, 2012 at 9:56 AM. Reason : .]

2/4/2012 9:37:19 AM

CaelNCSU
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Education is huge and hot right now--a lot of the intelligentsia talk about how broken it is and there are many TED talks and books about it. There are Venture Capital firms here in SF that only focus on education.

2/4/2012 11:39:36 PM

Tarun
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I signed up for this

http://www.udacity.com/overview/Course/cs253

4/10/2012 7:57:15 AM

qntmfred
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got a 100% for CS373, even got asked by the staff to help prepare the course notes

^ i was thinking about signing up for that too, but i think i'm gonna take the next couple months off to raise my newborn and finish tww

[Edited on April 10, 2012 at 8:41 AM. Reason : .]

4/10/2012 8:40:15 AM

Tarun
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100%

congrats on 100% and the new baby!


I want to learn something new and this course sounds interesting even though i am not really looking forward to blog

4/10/2012 8:54:42 AM

qntmfred
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Unfortunately, the 100% isn't as impressive as it sounds :\

in the 2nd or 3rd week, they had some bugs in their HW grading software, so they changed the policy such that your final grade was determined by the highest of either your average HW grade or your final exam grade

the final exam ended up being super easy, i'm sure there will be many 1000's of 100%s for the course

but i will happily pat myself on the back for being noticed by the staff. hopefully i can score a sweet job out of it

[Edited on April 10, 2012 at 9:14 AM. Reason : .]

4/10/2012 9:13:03 AM

Tarun
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Just dont move to Japan or South Korea!

4/10/2012 9:30:50 AM

BigMan157
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He knows too much, replace him with an automaton.

4/10/2012 2:20:15 PM

Tarun
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started last night....i am excited!

4/17/2012 10:02:50 AM

raiden
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damn this is pretty awesome, I'm gonna have to look into this.

4/17/2012 10:48:36 AM

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Quote :
"To give a comparison for the monumental task ahead of AI researchers, LeCun described the mechanics of the human brain - how our brains power 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 connections every single second, all working together to provide us with our continuous self-awareness, learning and curiosity.

But LeCun was optimistic about our chances, saying: 'The power of supercomputers increases exponentially [and we will reach that ability] somewhere between 30 and 100 years.

'Then we wait another 10 or 20 years, and it fits in your smartphone. So then your smartphone is smarter than you.'"


Hopefully I am alive at that time... and if I am, I will definitely need a [smarter] brain in my pocket

6/5/2012 10:27:34 PM

qntmfred
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i'm guessing ^ got the new classes email from Udacity tonight

[Edited on June 5, 2012 at 10:48 PM. Reason : p.s rumor is NCSU's Laurie Williams is teaching an upcoming software engineering course w/ Udacity]

6/5/2012 10:47:24 PM

Tarun
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gonna do the stats course!

6/6/2012 12:51:52 AM

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http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/07/moocs_could_be_disastrous_for_students_and_professors.html

7/26/2013 6:32:57 PM

qntmfred
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*shrug* there's about 10 articles a day on how MOOCs are an overhyped trend that is going to kill higher education

7/26/2013 6:59:42 PM

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Won't kill higher ed, but would and should change it.

When the US has a population like China's, 4yr undergrads where people dick around on a campus are going to be relegated to the very wealthy, while the rest of the middle class learns via high quality (ideally) heavily computerized system.

7/28/2013 10:09:08 PM

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http://www.coursera.org
http://www.edx.org
http://www.udacity.com

Any others? The first one I listed has the biggest variety and number of courses. The coming courses on the first 2 sites are starting between mid September and October, and last for 8 to 12 weeks. Udacity only has a few courses, and most of them are on the site permanently, you can do them whenever you want.

I went through all the course listings on all 3. Since I am jobless now, I have selected about 5 or 6 courses that I will do starting in a few weeks, and another 5 or 6 in spring. Most revolve around programming, statistics, and data. But there is one that is in a completely different field, and something I have been interested in for a while:

Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science
https://www.edx.org/course/harvard-university/spu27x/science-cooking-haute-cuisine/639

Anybody else planning on taking any courses?

[Edited on September 2, 2013 at 8:07 PM. Reason : ]

9/2/2013 8:06:58 PM

0EPII1
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This is so sad and goes against everything that the US stands for... then again, no one knows what the US stands for anymore.

http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201401292259-0023429

http://www.coursera.org blocked in Sudan, Cuba, and Iran, because it is classified as a "tradeable service" and so it glass under the sanctions imposed on those countries.

This is ridiculous and completely illogical. As usual, sanctions never affect those in power, only the common man, woman, and child.

1/31/2014 10:05:54 AM

qntmfred
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i was a little disappointed to see that as well

here is their response http://blog.coursera.org/post/74891215298/update-on-course-accessibility-for-students-in-cuba

1/31/2014 10:31:27 AM

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Sign the petition!

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reverse-policy-which-prohibits-massive-open-online-courses-moocs-including-students-sanctioned/dkpm2cyM

The need 100,000 signatures by feb 27. Less than 1,000 signatures so far

1/31/2014 8:28:51 PM

qntmfred
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Udacity hit $1 billion valuation in their recent round of funding

11/11/2015 9:34:34 PM

moron
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that's a lot of progress in such a short time... it makes sense though. I was telling someone this a few years ago-- MOOCs are the future of education, and they were completely against the idea. They have a young child and were mournful of the fact that their kid might not ever get a "college experience". I brought up that in the future, the "college experience" will likely just be relegated to the very wealthy, and this horrified her even more.

Based on the recent GOP debates though, doesn't seem like they want to do anything to make real colleges more attainable, so the future I envisioned might come quicker than I expected.

11/12/2015 2:15:24 AM

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