Since Google's search engine rankings are apparently greatly determined by Machine-Learning and Artificial Intelligence, it seems that learning more about these subjects is vital to our survival.
Here's our opportunity:
Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 Want Course
PALO ALTO, Calif. — A free online course at Stanford University on artificial intelligence, to be taught this fall by two leading experts from Silicon Valley, has attracted more than 58,000 students around the globe — a class nearly four times the size of Stanford’s entire student body.
For the artificial intelligence course, students may need some higher math, like linear algebra and probability theory, but there are no restrictions to online participation.
The instructors are Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, two of the world’s best-known artificial intelligence experts. [nytimes.com ]