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Review: Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk has been called eccentric, egomaniac and outright crazy by his detractors. 
That said, Ashlee Vance presents a well researched unbiased biography of Musk, after talking to people from all walks of his life, people from both the pro and anti Musk groups. My verdict -> it is an amazing book and very well narrated by Fred Sanders. Yes books these days mean ‘Audible’ to me as I go through my 30 min daily morning stationary bike workout.
Musk had a very difficult childhood and came to the US with absolutely no wealth. But his ambition to change the world and his brilliant mind has made him a billionaire today. He has created ‘history changing’ companies like SpaceX, Tesla, SolarCity and many more. Probably history will look back at him and worship him as one of the top contributors to humanity and its survival. The real life iron man.
Musk has set out to correct humanity’s path - a path towards sustainable energy and clean earth, and to turn us to a multi planet species. We d…

AI for Everyone

Few days ago, Coursera launched the 'AI for Everyone' online non-technical course by deeplearning.ai conducted by the famous Andrew NG himself.

'AI for Everyone' gives a very good introduction to AI and you don't have to be a techie to understand this course. It is useful regardless of your background or your current job role. This is a course even CEOs and business leaders can take to get a quick insight of what AI can and can't do. It will provide pointers on how you can get your company and/or your career ready to ride the coming wave of AI. AI is already here and Andrew keeps repeating it is the next Electricity for us. The course provides practical steps and checklists to get you started with your first AI project.

I enjoyed the learning.






MATLAB Onramp course

I recently registered for the Machine Learning, Stanford University online course at Coursera - conducted by the famous Andrew Ng himself. An amazing experience I must say. He puts across the concepts so well that even your lack of advanced Math knowledge is not a barrier and you soon pick up the concepts quite well. The quizzes and assignments are real good.

As part of this course you have to submit your ML algorithms in either Octave or Matlab and I chose the latter. Did a quick online self paced course on Matlab at Mathworks, which was quite interesting and lo and behold the completion certificate is seen below 😊


Sapiens, Homo Deus & 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Posting after a long long time and this is not a post on development.

Just finished listening to these 3 mind blowing audio books @ Audible by Yuval Noah Harari https://www.ynharari.com/

SapiensHomo Deus21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Amazing the way he describes -- how we became the number one species on this planet and the unknown future that we are heading into.

Some very interesting topics that I personally liked:

1. How tech (AI, ML etc) are going to change and affect everything and everyone
2. A world run by algorithms
3. Humans now trying to evolve into "Gods" - Immortal, Omnipresent and Omniscient
4. Billions of years of Organic evolution vs Human invented Inorganic rapid evolution

Do read these books and they will seed many new ideas and thoughts in you.

Next onto Elon Musk's biography...