posted on Apr, 5 2012 @ 04:35 AM
If you would like to know how this car is programmed, which makes you realise why it is safe, you can learn in a free online course. It would require
a knowledge of programming and some probability, however there are now introductory and intermediate level courses available.
, who is a world leader in AI and in charge of programming the google car, has
started a free online university teaching Computer Science (Programming).
It all started when Prof Thrun decided to put his AI (how to program a self driving car) class online . He also allowed anyone to take the class
alongside the regular (lecture) students. Over 100,000 people signed up. Even more impressive, is that of the 200 students attending lectures at the
beginning, only 30 were attending by the end. The students actually proferred the online version as they could watch at thier leisure and rewind bits
to hear it again. 15,000 people stayed to the end and passed the course.
He then quit his tenure at Stanford and set up Udacity
I am just finishing CS101: Design your own search engine
. The quality is excellant, by far the
best course I have ever taken. It features short video segments, often with questions attached, and HWs each week to hand in. ALL can be done on the
site without installing anything or buying any books. The courses are 7 weeks long and they cycle every 8 weeks.
The courses will start again on April 16th
, there are 6 courses on offer now with great projects to work on teaching you the subject matter. I
shall be taking CS212: The design of computer programs
and CS253: Web application
in which you build your own blog site that links to a database for accounts and logins. It is taught by the owner and programmer of
, Steve Huffman
I tried to learn programming before, but I found it too dry and lost interest, this course makes it so much more interesting. I feel this is going to
be the future of education and am honoured to be there at the start.