I have signed up for two coursera courses to up my knowledge of modern machine learning techniques. I wanted to do this to get more hands on experience with data manipulation with Python. One of the courses on coursera is a machine learning track for which you can get a certificate. so I paid for it. Not that I care for a certificate but it’s useful as a motivation. I think it will help me with NuPIC as I find my limited python handson experience as the biggest roadblock. I would like to take a robotics course as well so I can start incorporating that with NuPIC.
- Machine Learning by Andrew Ng: https://www.coursera.org/learn/machine-learning
- Machine Learning Certificate by University of Washington: https://www.coursera.org/course/machlearning
Separately, I thought the last chapter in Mr. Kanerva’s Sparse Distributed Memory book was quite enlightening. Kanerva basically summarizes the role of senses (including encoding), memory and motor manipulation in building an autonomous machine. I would recommend that anyone who is interested in NuPIC type of intelligence framework to read at least the summary section of Kanerva’s Sparse Distributed Memory book.