BrainBuilding with Khanacademy

I’m one of the >85,000 subscribers worldwide for the Artificial Intelligence Class taught by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig.

Great, but not special, since at least 84,999 other people did that too. I’ll only be proud when I finished the course, because it troubles me if my math skills are still up-to-date – I left school more that 30 years ago!
At Aiqus, the Q&A community for students taking Stanford’s globally available course, some guy had the same question and in one of the many answers the Khanacademy and especially the videos on probability and videos on Linear Algebra were mentioned.
This was just what I was looking for! Even better: Khanacademy also has a complete education on their library of videos, and I started to follow their program of regular brain building.

They have a great interface for tracking your own progress, which is imo better, or at least more stimulating (or, at least, more stimulating to me 🙂 ) than that of Lumosity.

So, don’t expect too much updates on this blog for the next few weeks, I’ll be spending a lot of time at Khanacademy.:-)

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