Let me open with the fact that I don’t believe one second in the hype surrounding AI, especially in its current form. Nor do I subscribe to the doom-and-gloom of it. I find myself somewhere in the comfortable middle, where, driven by pragmatism, I pay enough attention to it, not to find myself obsolete if and when AI does make a tangible impact. So far, it hasn’t really, but at one point or another, it inevitably will, and no matter how much I will continue sustaining my view that AI is not what the world needs right now, and is but a clever move from tech companies to regain control of the narrative, soon enough AI skills will be included in job requirements, so you may as well not shoot yourself in the foot by not having any.
Note, this is no definitive list. I can merely recommend the courses I either took myself or the learning platforms and instructors that I have extensively interacted with in the past. I am sure there are plenty of others out there. None of these links are affiliate links, so don’t for a second think that I’m gaining anything from you taking them. The only one who really gains is you, and maybe the course creators.
Udacity — Intro to Artificial Intelligence
I always feel comfortable recommending Udacity, as I have an over a decade-long experience with the platform. To some extent, I can thank this platform and some of its highly qualified instructors for becoming a software engineer, and turning my hobby into a web and mobile development career.
This particular course is entirely free, just like their Web Accessibility course I have recommended to hundreds of people already. Intro to Artificial Intelligence is also part of the paid Nanodegree, should you feel interested enough in the topic to venture down that rabbit-hole. A note of caution, though. Udacity Nanodegrees can be quite intense, so do make sure you have the required time to fully commit; otherwise it’s a waste of time and money.
The free introductory course, as it always is with Udacity courses, does actually go pretty deep into the topics of statistics, machine learning and logic paired with computer vision…