Author: johansolo7

Udacity course: AI programming with Python

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I continued to look for free materials on Python 3 with AI/machine learning applications.  While it’s definitely possible to find and gobble together a string of free resources, it didn’t really work for me and I felt I was spending a lot of time just doing so.  I decided to enroll in the Udacity nano degree program on AI programming with Python.  After I confirmed that we were going to learn Python 3 specifically and […]

Boosted board unboxing!

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Ever since Back to the Future, I have fantasized of owning a motorized skateboard. Today is the day! I’ve been eyeing the Boosted Board electric skateboard for a few years now. They only came in a long board format, but earlier this year, they released the Mini and I pulled the trigger last week. Check out the full unboxing video here. Not included in the video are screenshots of the Boosted iphone app below.  The […]

I’m an MIT graduate! (sort of…)

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I have fulfilled my lifelong dream of becoming an M.I.T. graduate!!! Kidding, it’s only a certificate, but it was a fun experience.  I enrolled in the Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy online course at M.I.T. I really enjoyed the course.  It was a 6 week course, outline below: Module 1: An introduction to artificial intelligence (history, collective intelligence, how to gain strategic advantage Module 2: Machine learning in business (how ML can be be applied […]

Watson natural language demo site

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I came across IBM Watson’s natural language demo site and played around with it a bit. Watson can be tested by entering any text or url link to get his take on sentiment analysis, emotion, keywords, semantic parsing and more.  Here I had Watson analyze the Gettysburg address: NLP is pretty good at sentiment and emotion analysis and is regularly used to monitor a company’s reputation, for example.  In legal, we have been using NLP […]

Coding day 2 – Udacity

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In my search for good online coding courses, I came across this very helpful guide/review and was curious to see Udacity’s platform, so I decided to take a look at this free course.  Right off the bat, the style is completely different than Codecademy.  It was more about identifying a problem and using google searches to identify applicacle coding functions.  It also uses the Python program, rather than an in-platform design. This is good because […]

Coding day 1 – Codecademy

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Codecademy offers a 7 day trial period and I immediately started the Python 10 hour course.  The platform is useful and consists of three panes: instructions and examples, script editor, and the console showing the results of the script. Within an hour or so, I was able to write a short Mad Libs script, which worked in the Codecademy console: """ This program generates passages that are generated in a cool mad-lib format Author: Johan […]

Machine learning

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As I’m working through my materials for the MIT AI course, I wanted to share some of the public information I’m using in my studies. image via Adbul Rahid Three short videos of Facebook’s Head of AI Research on deciphering images, deep learning, and convolutional neural networks.  These are worthwhile for a quick overview. Also, some of Google’s free online machine learning resources. Lastly, a case study I found interesting about the online clothing company […]