This is the original Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that started the trend. Norvig and Thrun’s Introduction to AI course from Stanford. This was the first large course launched on the Udacity platform, and with 150,000 students signed up, it was the largest online course at the time.
This course set the trend with Udacity courses, in that it was very heavily math focused, and required more than just listening to pass. As you would expect, Artificial Intelligence is the science of programming a computer to intelligently make decisions based on known data. This involves deep knowledge of Bayes Networks and Markov Decision Chains, and how to enable machines to make the best decisions based on probabilities.
But as difficult as the course was, it was also fun. I felt like I was part of something special, and I think even the professor’s felt (or knew) that the completion of this course would change the way education works. In fact, Thrun left Stanford to take Udacity as a private company and become a startup.
This course is still available online, and if you have any interest in AI and machine learning, I highly recommend this course.