The Greatest Studying Paths for AI and Information Management | by Cassie Kozyrkov | Apr, 2023

Making Information Helpful

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First, could I say an enormous thanks to all of you for encouraging me to write down? I simply seen that right here on Medium, my neighborhood of followers is 70% the scale of Barack Obama’s. Whoa!

I’m honored and humbled by all of the love this superb neighborhood has given me. I don’t know if it’s regardless of my being a cheerful weirdo or due to it, however thanks! And thanks for being unresponsive to my job title after I turned it on and off at random a number of instances, with no impact on any of the metrics — it means rather a lot that you just’re right here for my ideas and never my labels. Particularly because it has been nearly 10 years since I’ve had a profession change and who is aware of what sort of madcap journey I’ll decide after I finally resolve {that a} change is an efficient as a vacation.

It was been an excellent pleasure to share useful musings with you, however now that I’ve revealed over 180 weblog posts, lots of you’ve got instructed me you’re drowning in all my content material and I have to index it higher. Seems it’s very complicated for newcomers to my weblog to type by means of all of the completely different matters I write about. I hear you! Not everyone seems to be right here for all of the issues. Ultimately, I’ll put together a well-curated website that can assist you out, however within the meantime, let me take step one in the direction of a repair by including standardized supertitles to all my articles. That manner you’ll know what class you’re coping with every time so you possibly can dive proper to those you care about and skip my musings on random esoterica. In essence, it’ll be as if I’ve mini-publications so that you can selected from.

To take a tiny tangent in protection of the big selection of matters is that in my head, they’re all about the identical factor: decision intelligence!* Regardless of how data-oriented the writing, it’s all the time based on the precept of bettering your real-world actions. Determination intelligence is about giving your self the talents and instruments to show data (whether or not it’s your reminiscences of lunch conversations or it’s your foray by means of an enormous database) into higher actions (choices!) at any scale (from tapas bites to petabytes) and in any setting (from choosing a school main to constructing an AI system). I discover it completely pure to span this full vary of matters — needed, even, for any severe pupil of decision-making — although I’ll acknowledge that even with 180+ articles, I’m barely scratching the floor of all the things value realizing.

However should you’re a bit extra narrowly targeted, hopefully this new index will add some rhyme and purpose to your data feast.

Right here’s my cat Huxley serving to me preserve issues listed.

That is the place you’ll discover recommendation on the right way to be a greater decision-maker, with or with out a fancy algorithm. It focuses on the human aspect of issues, like battling your biases, structuring your goals, understanding your irrationality, and many others. That is the place for many who search nuggets of knowledge from disciplines like psychology, economics, neuroscience, managerial science, negotiation, and different basic choice sciences.


A class for the info leaders and aspiring leaders amongst you. That is the place I put articles about what’s missing from organizations, what sorts of belongings you is likely to be doing that cause your data people to quit, whom to hire in what order, how to build a data-driven culture, and so forth. I additionally embody knowledge science careers articles from the viewpoint of the aspiring workforce member, equivalent to interview questions to ask… which is a helpful factor for the supervisor to learn too (it positive helps to know what recommendation your persons are getting about coping with you).


That is the place I cowl ideas about machine learning and AI within the friendliest manner the web has ever seen, or your (it’s all free!) a refund. A few of these articles can be deeper (and snarkier) dives that reach the teachings in my standard Making Friends with Machine Learning (MFML) course on YouTube (the index is here), whereas others tackle the AI zeitgeist or no matter latest misunderstandings I’ve had the pleasure to be subjected to. Immunize your self right here so those self same offenses towards good sense by no means cross your individual lips.


My beloved VC and CEO crowd, run the opposite manner! (Run to any of the classes above, however skip this one.) This one’s for the (everlasting) college students. A few of you actually like it after I decide a random esoteric jargon term and clarify the hell out of it for you cheerfully so it feels intuitive. Sure, it’s tremendous nitty-gritty! Sure, most of you don’t care about it! However these items is catnip for the, um, maybe three of you who like to see pompous terminology taken down a notch, shiny new software prodded until it confesses, and formulas explained so a child (or pointy haired boss) can perceive them. So once in a while, I’ll amuse the 4 of us by displaying you ways easy we will make difficult issues if we perceive them deeply. That is additionally the place the place you’ll discover out why a topic is where it is in the textbook. Each when it needs to be the place it’s and when it most definitely shouldn’t (even when nobody instructed academia but).


I’m a recovering statistician who’s unlikely to ever get well, so there are some many issues I’ve to say about statistics. So many! And I’ve mentioned lots of them is a ten.5h secret course all about statistical decision-making which I haven’t put on-line but (the first half hour is offered in bootleg type, however the bulk of it’s ready for a professional digital camera crew to seize it — till then, the one solution to see it’s by inviting me to carry out it dwell). Sometimes, I’ll elaborate on a few of the issues I say within the course and this class is the place you’ll discover them.


Those that have been following me some time will hopefully acknowledge these three phrases… “the self-discipline of creating knowledge helpful” is my definition of data science. Welcome to the class that spans basic knowledge science plus analytics, minus all of the matters that already acquired sucked into the extra specialised classes above. Should you’re a working towards knowledge scientist, you’ll wish to observe this class plus whichever previous one most floats your boat.


If it’s not any of the classes above, then it’s both a abstract of recommendation I gave somebody at a Q&A session (usually about careers, braveness, self enchancment, or juggling life) or it’s some form of ability/perception that made me somewhat bit higher at rising into the model of me that y’all know and love (or like to hate, it’s the web in any case, hello). Examples embody public speaking tips, recommendation for making new years resolutions, and ideas on math impostor syndrome.


Oh, and lots of the hyperlinks in my articles take you to different articles I wrote associated to the highlighted phrase (and different hyperlinks take you to easter eggs and humor), so my weblog is an elaborate community of Select Your Journey. As a result of upgrading ourselves needs to be enjoyable and contain a contact of capricious serendipity.

Take pleasure in!

(And don’t neglect to let me know which class you’re most enthusiastic about, since that’ll assist form the steadiness of matters I decide.)

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*Okay, not all of them; I’ll admit that those instructing you about public speaking had been born out of a capricious impulse.

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