TED Talk Thursday – Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom

According to ted.com: “In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ — and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast. He shares what he learned about teaching to a global classroom.”

“Peter Norvig is a computer scientist and expert in both artificial intelligence and online search. Currently the Director of Research at Google Inc., Norvig was responsible for maintaining and improving the engine’s core web search algorithms from 2002 to 2005. Prior to his work at Google, Norvig was NASA’s chief computer scientist.”

“A fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the author of the bookArtificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, Norvig (along with Sebastian Thrun) taught the Stanford University class “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence,” which was made available to anyone in the world. More than 160,000 students from 209 countries enrolled.”

Enjoy this talk about online education.

For those of you not familiar with TED Talks here is a brief summery from www.ted.com: “TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize”

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