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Office Hours 9 01mp4

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    (Sebastian) So welcome to our last and final office hours in the introduction to artificial intelligence.
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    The fact that you're watching them means you're an amazing student, you've gotten this far,
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    and you're just about to hit the final exam.
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    (Peter) Congratulations to everybody for making it this far. It's been a great experience interacting with you
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    and getting a chance to teach this class. Let's go to some of the questions you had this week.
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    (Sebastian) So here's a question by (Dudur) from New Jersey. "I thoroughly enjoyed this class." Thank you.
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    "Would it be possible for us to use our email addresses," that you provided, "to notify you of future classes?
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    "I would be very interested in taking additional online classes. Thanks for an awesome class."
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    (Peter) Yeah, so I never had somebody say, "Please spam me," before, but if that's what you want, then yes,
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    We can notify you. (Sebastian) But that isn't spam, come on. (Peter) No, no. (Sebastian) Email you want.
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    (Peter) This would be welcome mail. So, sure, we'll keep you posted. (Sebastian) Yeah, it's been a privilege,
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    actually, having all of you in class, and it'd be great to have you in future classes, if we do some.
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    "It's been an amazing experience. I'd just like to know if there's going to be a continuation of the class next semester?
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    "Say, advanced A.I.? Or something along those lines, like introduction to robotics." This is from Vikram360
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    in Bangalore, India. (Peter) Well, Sebastian and I are about to take a little vacation at the end of this week.
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    We're both taking off. So there won't be anything right away. In the spring there'll probably be more,
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    although I think we're looking more at lower level courses rather than advanced classes as the next step.
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    But there'll be more classes coming up. Stanford is offering another set of classes.
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    There's one on natural language processing in A.I. and one on machine learning and one on probabilistic graphical models,
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    so there is lots of opportunities for other classes.
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    (Sebastian) ]"How long will the lectures be available after the class? I've missed a few--work plus seven-month-old twins."
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    (Peter) Congratulations. (Sebastian) Congratulations, (unintelligible--children's names)
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    "And would like to refer back to them, without the interactive bits, perhaps, or at least I would like to be able to take notes.
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    "And thanks for the excellent course."
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    (Peter) Well, you're welcome. Yeah, so the videos are up on YouTube, and I guess they'll stay there.
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    We're a little bit torn about trying to figure out what to do with the class after it's gone.
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    We want the materials to be available for everybody to see whenever they want to see them.
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    But on the other hand, we really appreciated what happened in terms of the interaction in this class,
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    where you all were participating in discussion forums with each other, and the material is always there,
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    then there's not that possibility of bringing people together at a specific time.
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    So I think that at least the videos themselves will always be available, but in terms of running it as a class,
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    we'll probably keep doing that at specific time periods.
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    (Sebastian) So Anwar Asharia from Kathmandu, Nepal, a city I'd love to go to at some point, asks the question,
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    "I'd like to suggest providing a download package for the quizzes and videos on Flash or some app,
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    "for future reference or for the advanced track students."
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    (Peter) Yeah, I think that's a great idea. We've certainly had a lot of people talk about the problems of
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    getting enough bandwidth and slow connections and so on. So I think we should have some way of
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    delivering that locally or mailing out media or some way to get it available to you.
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    (Sebastian) Julia (unintelligible) asks, Italy, "I would like to know your opinion of your goal to make this class
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    "to make this class the same level as Stanford's class is achieved, but I think you have to make adjustments."
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    And she says, "Thanks so much for this opportunity."
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    So I think we did achieve the goal. It's somewhat different from the in-class experience, which is more lecture-centered,
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    and we deliberately made it more tutorial-esque, which is we asked lots of questions.
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    But the material covered is the material we cover in the Stanford class, and the quizzes and homework assignments,
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    exams are identical. And we will, of course, release statistics afterwards to see how online students scored
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    in comparison with the Stanford students. But I can assure you, what you've learned is as much and
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    as little as Stanford students learn in this class.
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    (Peter) I agree with that in terms of material--it's the same material. The only difference was in terms of
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    the programming assignments that the Stanford students did, and we just didn't feel like we could handle
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    the logistics of doing all that. And hopefully next time we'll figure out how to handle programming assignments as well.
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    (Sebastian) Question by Sayitt, no location. "What would you recommend for someone who might be interested
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    "to pursue research in artificial intelligence? For example, as a Ph.D. Whose only exposure (unintelligible) was this class."
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    (Peter) I would say get some more exposure. Take one of the other classes, read some books, read some articles,
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    work on a project. Either start a project of your own or join an existing project, and get some more experience,
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    both to see if you like it and it's really for you, and to get a chance to prove yourself.
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    (Sebastian) Yeah, and to me it's all about pursuing passion. So if you're in the age where you can afford
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    taking time off and get into a university--maybe you are a student already--just do it.
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    When I worked at my initial college in Hinterstein, there wasn't anybody teaching A.I.
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    And when I moved to University of Bonn, there was one professor, but what he taught wasn't relevant to modern A.I.
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    So I mostly just did it by myself because I really cared. And if you work really hard and you're going to be excited,
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    then, and you wait long enough, then all of a sudden doors open themselves, and you find yourself,
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    I don't know, as a professor, if you wait long enough and work hard enough.
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    It's a fascinating thing. The Ph.D. in general I think is an amazing experience, in that it really affords you a couple of years
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    of time to do free thinking, and you learn the skill of how to become a researcher.
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    And I wouldn't want to miss a day of Ph.D. experience at this point. In fact, I often think back how good life was
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    as a Ph.D. student, when I didn't have to work really hard, because I didn't have to teach classes
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    and bring in research grants and all this work.
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    Okay, here's one from Siri in Rockford, Illinois. I like your iPhone app.
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    The question is, "What's the criteria for getting into Stanford? Will taking this class help?"
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    (Sebastian) So I just want to point out, this is not the Siri of Apple. It's a marketing--it's a real person named Siri.
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    (Peter) It's a different Siri. (Sebastian) Which is much more interesting, much more valuable than what Apple
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    has put out, even though I like Siri on Apple. Now, it turns out getting into Stanford is a bit of an art.
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    There's a number of formal requirements, such as you have to take, for undergraduate, an SAT,
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    and for graduate admission, a GRE. And if you look at the test results, you'll already have a good guess
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    whether you have a chance. Specifically for graduate admissions, it's good to have research experience.
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    It's really important to write an enticing, engaging, but really honest statement of purpose.
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    Honesty is a really big thing here. Be excited, but we get a good number of statements that we think aren't quite
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    kind of overdone. And then the last thing that's really important is, if you have done great work
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    and done it in a university setting or some other setting, there's probably who could attest to this.
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    So find really good letter-writers. It's not important that the letter-writers are famous; it's much more important
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    that they know you really well. So don't go for famous people, go for people who know you really well.
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    And they have to write you a really excited letter to get into Stanford, of any other college.
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    (Peter) I'd say when I finished my undergrad and then I worked for two years and then I decided to go back
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    to grad school and I looked at the Stanford application. And at that time they actually published the scores
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    of everybody who was admitted the previous year. And I looked at those and I saw all the perfect scores,
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    and I said, "Maybe I should apply someplace else," and I ended up, Berkeley took me and Stanford didn't.
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    (Sebastian) Oh, what a loss for Stanford. What did they know? I guess the first time I applied was as a faculty member
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    at Stanford. That was my first interview. Don't get intimidated. There's many, many amazing people out there.
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    What I find generally sad is that there's many more amazing people than Stanford and MIT and Berkeley can take.
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    And I wish this was a more open situation, that people could also-- I don't know, not everyone's life is perfect.
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    Sometimes you spend a couple years doing something else, and it looks a little bit shabby on a c.v.,
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    but usually an amazing person. I'm pretty sure that my c.v. would have been completely inadequate to be admitted
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    to Stanford, because I came from what, at the time, was the worst computer science department in Germany.
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    Ranked number 53 out of 53 computer science departments. And there's a path.
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    And if you don't get admitted to Stanford, just enjoy what you're doing, and do it well, and enjoy the moment.
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    I think much more important than any school, in my opinion.
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