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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Resources for Developers (or anyone “technical”)

Artificial Intelligence is the single most important endeavor ever under taken by humanity. If you care to learn the technical side of this venture, I’ve put together a short-and-growing list of resources to look at for introductory learning and exploration purposes.

Please enjoy and suggest additions.

Artificial Intelligence (MIT 6.034)

from the course description:

“introduces students to the basic knowledge representation, problem solving, and learning methods of artificial intelligence. Upon completion of 6.034, students should be able to develop intelligent systems by assembling solutions to concrete computational problems”

Deep Learning for Self-Driving Cars

MIT 6.S094

from the intro:

“an introduction to the practice of deep learning through the applied theme of building a self-driving car. It is open to beginners and is designed for those who are new to machine learning, but it can also benefit advanced researchers in the field looking for a practical overview of deep learning methods and their application.”

Develop Your First Neural Network in Python With Keras Step-By-Step

Introduction to Neural Networks on the high-level ML platform Keras.


trying to make AI less “exclusive”. Practical courses and tutorials. Cool branding.


from the about page:

“GitXiv is a space to share collaborative open computer science projects. Countless Github and arXiv links are floating around the web. Its hard to keep track of these gems. GitXiv attempts to solve this problem by offering a collaboratively curated feed of projects. Each project is conveniently presented as arXiv + Github + Links + Discussion.”

Machine Learning with Andrew Ng on Coursera

This is the definitive college-level course on Machine Learning. It has nearly 12,000 reviews. I’m working through it presently. Includes a great intro/refresher to linear algebra (that I needed).

Thanks to Stanford for providing the material.

Machine Learning is Fun!

The world’s easiest introduction to Machine Learning

There’s also a video course on Lynda.

Recurrent Neural Network Tutorial for Artists

from the post:

“This post is not meant to be a comprehensive overview of recurrent neural networks. It is intended for readers without any machine learning background. The goal is to show artists and designers how to use a pre-trained neural network to produce interactive digital works using simple Javascript and p5.js library.”

Simple Reinforcement Learning with Tensorflow

Introduction to practical application of Q-learning and neural networks using TensorFlow.

TensorFlow for Poets

How to build an image classifier in TensorFlow for poets.

My Favorite Free Ruby and Rails Resources

Metaprogramming Ruby by Paolo Perrotta

This excellent book is worth buying. Great for beginner and intermediate programmers. He makes the important distinction between metaprogramming: writing code that writes code, e.g. generators, and metaprogramming: writing code into the language in order to solve problems.

Rails Guides

I was lucky to have a mentor that stressed the importance of the Rails Guides to me as I learned. As someone who now teaches others about Ruby and Rails. I can’t stress this resource enough. Read them from start to finish and you’ll already know as much as a lot of Jr. Rails Developers.

Chris Pine’s Learning to Program (Ruby)

The best beginner tutorial for Ruby that I’m aware of. Less than a year ago, I burnt through this book in just a few hours of dedicated study. At the time the only experience I’ve had with programming is what I had done on Code Academy: less than half the Ruby course. Which leads me to my next amazing resource…


The platform has bugs sometimes, and isn’t always the most intuitive, but the game theory behind it’s badge system is solid. I owe a lot to Codecademy. I’ve spent many hours working through tutorials in many of their paths and I am proud to have a 69-point one-day record.


SO is a phenomenal community and resource for programmers studying just about any language. If you haven’t signed up yet, do so!


I’m not even sure I should mention this because it’s so obvious to me now, but it would be silly to think novices are universally aware of it. GitHub is the coder’s social network. It’s where we share our code-bases and help each other with projects. There are other places that are kind of like it, but GitHub is really the de facto industry standard and incredibly effective at what it strives to achieve. I’ve learned more from looking at other people’s code than I could possibly quantify.

PROTIPS: When looking at new source code for the first time, start in the specs(test) folder. The acceptance tests should give you some sort of idea what value the application provides to the user. The unit tests will tell you what the different parts are supposed to do. As Rails developers we’re extremely lucky to be a part of a community that values testing and puts an emphasis on it. I once read that great tests make good documentation. From there I usually examine the schema.db (in a rails app) and begin poking around the Gemfile and the routes and the MVC architecture.

MORE PROTIPS: Follow me on GitHub, and contribute to SelfGovern!

[YOUR CITY] Ruby Group

I try to go to at least a couple Ruby meetups every month. Honestly, that’s probably not even enough. If I was really smart, I’d go to one every weekend. If you’re in Boston, the meetup here is insane! Well over a hundred developers frequent the BostonRB meetups every month and you’d be hard pressed to find a friendlier group of people.

Ruby Weekly

Sign. Up. For. This. Newsletter. I’m serious. Every week I receive this wonderful compilation of relevant and late-breaking study material. If you’re serious about diving into Ruby and the surround community YOU WILL SIGN UP FOR THIS NEWSLETTER. I promise you, I would not lead you to a spammy, useless, annoying, data-mining, marketing ploy that so many newsletters tend to be. These gems (haha get it?) are packed with articles and blog posts from developers across the skill spectrum and across the country (world?).

Crafting Rails 4 Applications

Definitely for developers who’ve been coding a bit longer and have a solid grasp on Rails. Check it out, it’s current, Rails 4 isn’t going anywhere until at least this summer.

I’ll probably add more to this list as I see fit…