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19 online AI education classes that you can take right now
AI is the way of the future. And you can teach yourself how to master this incredible new technology from some of the top schools around the globe. In some cases, for free.
For some us, AI is kind of an iffy proposition. To many, it is nebulous enough to seem like it might replace us or our jobs. And the harbingers of this sea change aren't exactly affirming: every other week in the news, self-driving smart cars keep crashing, with injuries and sometimes fatalities. AI generally doesn’t seem to be that well-received in mass media, either, like in movies like Minority Report or TV shows like Westworld. Because of all this, the public perception of AI might be on the negative side.
A good way to overcome uneasiness, anxiety or fear is simply be learning more about whatever seems to be the issue or problem. AI is still in its infancy, so there may be many jobs, business and investment opportunities in the near future. In fact, one estimate pegged the number of new AI jobs by 2030 at 2.3 million.
Whatever your interest level is in AI we did some research and compiled this list of resources for you to peruse.
Short on cash but big on dreams? Here's some free options for you.
- Elements of AI
This online course is taught at a very basic level. It’s for anyone who is interested in the subject, but knows very little.
- Google AI education
Leave it to Google to provide free online learning resources to help learn AI. This offering has videos, courses, workshops, documents, a neural network playground, and more. It’s all free and provides a very good way to learn about artificial intelligence. The content is organized by type of individual like student, business person, researcher, curious cat etc.
- Intro to AI - UC-Berkeley
This particular online offering from Berkeley has many learning modules and resources, but not every single one of them them is available to the public. Many are though, so it’s worth a quick look to see if they match your interest.
- Machine learning at Stanford University
Further down the Bay Area peninsula is Stanford, with its own lengendary AI program. The main topics covered are speech recognition and enhancing web search, and linear regression.
- Intro to deep learning at MIT
Ever wanted to go to MIT? Well, now you can for free (kinda). This course is an introduction to deep learning that lasts seven days.
- Intro to Reinforcement Learning at University College, London
This intro course is not taught at a basic level, so you need to be familiar with basic concepts and perhaps a little more. For a school with prestigious alumni that include Gandhi, director Christopher Nolan, and even the dude from Coldplay... who would expect less?
- AI for Robotics - Udacity
Want to learn to program a robotic car? This course can help you do that. The skill level required for it is advanced, though, and the time to completion is about 2 months.
The way some free online courses work is that you can often take them without paying anything, but in some cases, you do have to pay if want a certificate of completion.
- Easy AI and Machine Learning - Salesforce ($9.99)
This course is just $9.99 — less than a Chipotle burrito lunch with a drink! — and teaches how to build AI to automate processes and make decisions.
- AI Video Creation ($9.99)
Similarly priced, this course shows you how to use the tools Biteable and Lumen5 to quickly create videos using AI.
- AI at Columbia University ($199)
The intro to this online course at the prestigious NYC university is free but if you want the whole thing (and to get a certificate) you must pay $199.
- Machine learning with Andrew Ng
This highly-rated online course does have some free content but if you want a certificate there is a fee. The teacher is also an adjunct professor at Stanford.
- UDEMY: Artificial intelligence A-Z: Learn how to build AI
In this course, you get to build AI and make a virtual self-driving car. It also requires a fee if you want a certificate.
- Stanford graduate certificate
This program from Stanford is for software engineers and costs about $16,000.
Carnegie Mellon is one of the only universities in the world to offer a B.S. in AI. CMU is known for being a top engineering school. Southern New Hampshire University has a BS in IT with a concentration in robotics and AI.
Ready? There's quite a few across the globe. The University of Georgia offers a terminal Master’s degree in AI, meaning it is not part of a PhD program. So does the Barcelona School of Informatics, if you would be comfortable living in Spain. It is designed to be completed in 3 semesters. The University of Edinburgh does too, if you prefer studying in Scotland. If the Netherlands is more appealing the University of Utrecht has a master’s in AI as well.
Many universities also offer PhDs in computer science, including in AI. Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, and UC-Berkeley are some of the top programs, but there are many others at institutions like Harvard, U. of Michigan, and so forth.
Construction of the $500 billion dollar tech city-state of the future is moving ahead.
- The futuristic megacity Neom is being built in Saudi Arabia.
- The city will be fully automated, leading in health, education and quality of life.
- It will feature an artificial moon, cloud seeding, robotic gladiators and flying taxis.
The Red Sea area where Neom will be built:
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Chronic irregular sleep in children was associated with psychotic experiences in adolescence, according to a recent study out of the University of Birmingham's School of Psychology.
A time for sleep<div class="rm-shortcode" data-media_id="Mt29uUqI" data-player_id="FvQKszTI" data-rm-shortcode-id="931343dee3c02121445e51e94ba22446"> <div id="botr_Mt29uUqI_FvQKszTI_div" class="jwplayer-media" data-jwplayer-video-src="https://content.jwplatform.com/players/Mt29uUqI-FvQKszTI.js"> <img src="https://cdn.jwplayer.com/thumbs/Mt29uUqI-1920.jpg" class="jwplayer-media-preview" /> </div> <script src="https://content.jwplatform.com/players/Mt29uUqI-FvQKszTI.js"></script> </div> <p>Previous studies had already suggested a link between persistent nightmares in childhood and psychosis and borderline personality disorder (BPD) by adolescence, but researchers at the University of Birmingham's School of Psychology wanted to see if a similar connection existed between these mental disorders and other childhood behavioral sleep problems.</p><p>To do this, they scoured data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, a longitudinal cohort study that followed approximately 14,000 children born in Avon, England, in the early 1990s. The study followed the children for more than 13 years. During that time, mothers filled out questionnaires asking about the children's lives. Factors looked at included housing, parenting, nutrition, physical health, mental wellbeing, environmental exposures, and so on. </p><p>The cohort study inquired about sleep routines, sleep duration, and awakening frequency when the children were 6, 18, and 30 months old, and then again at 3.5, 4.8, and 5.8 years. It also assessed mental health in adolescence using semi-structured interviews, such as the Psychosis-Like Symptom Interview.</p><p>"We know that adolescence is a key developmental period to study the onset of many mental disorders, including psychosis or BPD. This is because of particular brain and hormonal changes which occur at this stage," <a href="https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/psychology/marwaha-steven.aspx" target="_blank">Steven Marwaha</a>, professor of psychiatry at Birmingham and senior author on the study, <a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200701125431.htm" target="_blank">said in a release</a>. "Sleep may be one of the most important underlying factors—and it's one that we can influence with effective, early interventions, so it's important that we understand these links."</p><p>After compiling the data, the researchers discovered an association between children with irregular sleeping patterns and teenagers with <a href="https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/psychosis/about-psychosis/" target="_blank">psychotic experiences</a>—that is, episodes when the person perceives reality differently than those around them. Even when depression at 10 years old was considered as a mediating factor, their findings still suggested "a specific pathway between these childhood sleep problems and adolescent psychotic experiences." </p><p>Toddlers with shorter nighttime sleep duration and late bedtimes were likewise associated with a <a href="https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/borderline-personality-disorder/index.shtml" target="_blank">borderline personality disorder</a>—a disorder marked by a pattern of varying moods, self-images, and behaviors—in their teenage years. Depression at age 10 did not mediate this particular association, suggesting a separate and more specific pathway. </p>
A more restful tomorrow<p>While the sample size was large and mental health was assessed with a validated interview, there nevertheless remain limitations to this data. For starters, sleep habits were based on mothers' reports. Because they came from memory, versus a more direct observation method such as actigraphy, these data may be prone to imperfect recollection and reporting error. There are also many confounders that could be secretly nudging the results, such as family conditions, prenatal medicines, and a host of environmental factors. Finally, <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6024884/#:~:text=Sleep%20difficulties%20in%20youth%20with,fear%20of%20dark%20%5B13%5D." target="_blank">the relationship between sleep problems and mental disorders</a> is both complex and two-way.</p><p>As such, the study shows an association between poor childhood sleep later mental disorders but does not prove a causal link. Parents need not worry that a string of nightmares or the eternal struggle settle into bed will be the first ingredients in a witches' brew of debilitating mental disorders. The goal of the study, the researchers point out, is not to create undue worry but improve our ability to recognize the signs of at-risk children and deliver necessary interventions earlier.</p><p>"The results of this study could have important implications for helping practitioners identify children who might be at higher risk for psychotic experiences or BPD symptoms in adolescence, and potentially lead to the design of more effectively targeted sleep or psychological interventions to prevent the onset or attenuate these mental disorders," Isabel Morales-Muñoz, the study's lead researcher, <a href="https://www.healio.com/news/psychiatry/20200702/childhood-sleep-problems-linked-to-adolescent-psychosis-borderline-personality-disorder#:~:text=Sleep%20problems%20during%20early%20childhood,study%20published%20in%20JAMA%20Psychiatry." target="_blank">told Healio Psychiatry</a><u>.</u></p><p>If a parent reading this is worried that their child's sleep patterns are deleterious, the take away should not be despair over an unyielding fate. It should be to seek professional help as soon as possible to begin improving sleep duration and quality. Even if you aren't worried, it's worth remembering that childhood experiences lay the foundation for a lifetime of salubrious sleeping habits. It's so much more than beauty rest.</p>
Are we genetically inclined for superstition or just fearful of the truth?
- From secret societies to faked moon landings, one thing that humanity seems to have an endless supply of is conspiracy theories. In this compilation, physicist Michio Kaku, science communicator Bill Nye, psychologist Sarah Rose Cavanagh, skeptic Michael Shermer, and actor and playwright John Cameron Mitchell consider the nature of truth and why some groups believe the things they do.
- "I think there's a gene for superstition, a gene for hearsay, a gene for magic, a gene for magical thinking," argues Kaku. The theoretical physicist says that science goes against "natural thinking," and that the superstition gene persists because, one out of ten times, it actually worked and saved us.
- Other theories shared include the idea of cognitive dissonance, the dangerous power of fear to inhibit critical thinking, and Hollywood's romanticization of conspiracies. Because conspiracy theories are so diverse and multifaceted, combating them has not been an easy task for science.