Machine Learning for Absolute Beginners, by Oliver Theobald

Machine Learning Abs BegNow that I've read a few books and have taken a trio of AI courses I wanted to share that Machine Learning for Absolute Beginners is a must-read for anyone interested in AI and/or machine learning. The reason why this is such a valuable resource has to do with what I discovered after I read it.

I chose the Kindle edition of this one and I'm glad I did. Now that I've reached the end I realize how many fundamental definitions and descriptions were presented throughout. In fact, as I look through my Kindle highlights I see they read like a Cliffs Notes of important AI/ML concepts.

If you've never looked at a Kindle book this way I encourage you to do so by going to and finding an ebook you've highlighted or added notes to. This is a much better view than what you'll find in the Kindle app itself, especially on a larger monitor. The only drawback to viewing highlights and notes in the link is that you can't export them; in order to pull them out of the Amazon ecosystem you need to use the export feature in the Kindle app.

Back to the book... As the title suggests, if you don't know anything about AI this is a terrific place to start. That said, even though I didn't discover and read it till further along in my journey I'm confident it will be a frequently accessed, important resource in my library.

Deep learning, symbolic AI and hybrid AI

This article might appear to be rather lengthy but it's worth reading every single word. The author, Gary Marcus, provides a short history and comparison of deep learning, symbolic AI and a hybrid approach. Spoiler alert: One size doesn't fit all, so he recommends the hybrid model.

A few paragraphs into the article I felt deflated, wondering if AI will always be one of those technologies that is stuck in place and constantly described as "a revolution that's just x years away", but x never gets here. The more I read, however, the more optimistic I became and began to appreciate the case he makes for the hybrid approach. In fact, the author has me so convinced that my next step is to go buy his book, Rebooting AI.

Fast Company: 10 most innovative AI companies

As you read through this list of Fast Company's 10 most innovative AI companies be sure to stop and think about how this technology is finding its way into pretty much every aspect of life. For example, look at how LivePerson is now part of the Dunkin' Donuts experience. Then there's Adobe and how they're using AI to bring more powerful image editing to the masses (and in a fraction of the time it used to take for a pro to create the same results). Also, check out how LinkSquares offers a whole new level of legal document review and compliance.

I'm most wowed by what is doing for careers; the possibilities this brings to mentoring and career advancement are exciting.

It's an impressive list which is sure to change every year as AI evolves and new opportunities to leverage it are uncovered.