“The Future is AI” and this phrase is being thrown around all over the world now. But even in this highly futuristic world, there are people who have a hard time understanding AI, let alone working with it. This fact mustn’t stop you from learning about this wide and vivid, interesting, and alluring space of AI.

So how can one start their journey in AI and Machine Learning? Let’s find out.

Let us start from the very basic, which is the concept of both these disciplines.

Artificial Intelligence is that stream of computer science which talks about building machines that are smart and adaptive, meaning, they can learn and act, almost like a human being, a smart machine having a mind of its own.

Machine learning is an integral part of AI where it builds the machine’s capacity to learn and improve automatically, all this without any external force or manual input.

These definitions somehow give a very fluff idea about this rather deep and complex topic. Now, it is time to understand how you can learn about machine learning and artificial intelligence and begin your journey!

Google is your best friend

From research material to affordable courses, you can find anything and everything on google, if you are dedicated enough to learn the discipline and make your career in this industry. If you are looking for gaining knowledge, here is a Trello list of courses and resources which are made by Daniel Bourke on Trello. There is a course on AI and Machine learning on Alphabet Factory which you can check out as well, to take your professional learning forward.

Get an internship, even better, a Job!

Nothing beats practical knowledge and knowledge gained in the field, especially in this field can come in real handy. Create sample work, talk about AI and ML on your LinkedIn profile, write a blog as initial starters for HRs to know that you have zeal and enthusiasm for the subject. Getting hands-on experience also teaches you what stream you wish to venture into, would you like to be someone who researches or some who wants to pursue the field practically. Also, a great way to build your folio.

Share the knowledge

Hoarding is not a great idea when it comes to knowledge. If you’re working on personal projects, freelance work or simply gathering information via research, put it up online, share it among your friends, and network and see the difference. Even if you are not able to get a job due to lack of experience, this can, over time become your resume and the biggest spokesperson for your career in AI.

Know your WHY!

The grass is always greener on the other side. The point is the grass will only remain greener if you understand why you left your lawn. Create your north star and know why you want to venture into the world of AI. It is a complex and agile world and the path isn’t confirmed. Do your research, weigh the pros and cons, and then only set forth your journey.

Know your prospects

Well, it doesn’t involve robots as you see in most images when you search AI. Understanding your future options can help you work in a definitive direction.

Artificial intelligence and Machine learning is a massive industry, going towards an even bigger evolution. From simple things like Alexa to Algorithms, everything functions on this and if you are thinking about changing your stream of work, the points above can help you and push you in a better direction.

Happy Learning to You!

“Artificial intelligence would be the ultimate version of Google. The ultimate search engine that would understand everything on the web. It would understand exactly what you wanted, and it would give you the right thing. We’re nowhere near doing that now. However, we can get incrementally closer to that, and that is basically what we work on.”  – Larry Page