The question I get asked the most about machine learning.

How could I get trained in machine learning and AI?
 
That’s the question.
 
And the answer is a bit annoying.
 
Look…
 
I was a neurologist in the hospital. It was pretty cool, actually. I liked it. I didn’t cope well with working with people’s lives and deaths without sleep, but I still liked it.
 
But I was bitten by the bug to “set something up”.
 
And, lucky me, I did the best thing I could have done: a course.
 
A program, they call it.
 
As I had absolutely no idea about technology, finance, marketing or human resources… as I didn’t know what a start-up was…
it was good for me to dive into the deep end for a few months.
 
I came out refreshed and ready.
 
But, but, but
 
It would have been useless if I hadn’t had a specific project in hand.
 
It would have been just window shopping without a wallet.
 
And I call that wasting time.
 
The problem with courses is that they are often an excuse for mental laziness.
 
A way of throwing the ball forward.
 
“I’ll do the course and see if I can come up with something.”

But it doesn’t work that way.
 
First you decide you want to make lasagna and then you look for the recipe.
 
Because we all know what happens when you open a cookbook to see what to cook.
 
There are a thousand courses on machine learning, there are some applied to healthcare.
 
I know which ones are good and which ones you don’t need to know how to program to do them.
 
But my recommendation is very clear: none
 
Do not take any AI course.
 
Not until you have a project in hand.
 
And if you want to design one, let me know.

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