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AI Curiosity: A Non-Expert's Journey to Learn and Share

Welcome to the blog.

Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned subscriber, know that I'm no AI guru, nor do I pretend to be. Sure, I'm familiar with fancy terms like machine learning, neural networks, and supervised and unsupervised learning. But, ask me to use one of those in a sentence, and my brain might just short-circuit!

What I lack in expertise, I make up for in passion, curiosity, and an undying love for sharing what I'm learning. What I believe sets me apart from other AI bloggers is that I am just a regular person like you. The only difference is I spend countless hours a day reading about AI advancements and playing around with the tools. By spending this time in the weeds, I'm stumbling upon some interesting tidbits that might give you ideas, save you time or even just provide you some conversation starters.

Lately people have been asking me who or what to follow on Linked-In for reputable content around AI Advancements. I decided to ask ChatGPT for a list of People and Pages considered thought leaders in the generative AI space.

  1. Andrew Ng: Co-founder of Coursera, former Baidu Chief Scientist, and Stanford University professor. Ng focuses on AI education and AI's potential to transform various industries.

    1. Side Note: I took one of his courses on Coursera, AI for Everyone and it was fantastic.

  2. Max Tegmark: MIT professor, co-founder of the Future of Life Institute, and author of "Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence". Tegmark focuses on AI safety and ethics.

  3. Rana el Kaliouby: Co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, an emotion AI company, and author of "Girl Decoded". El Kaliouby shares insights on emotional AI and its role in human-computer interaction.

  4. Gary Marcus: Founder and CEO of Robust.AI, NYU professor, and author of "Rebooting AI". Marcus explores the challenges of creating AI systems that are reliable, robust, and trustworthy.

  5. Rumman Chowdhury: Global Lead for Responsible AI at Accenture and founder of the AI ethics consultancy, Parity. Chowdhury focuses on ethical AI development and its applications in various industries.

  1. MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL): MIT CSAIL is a renowned research lab with a focus on AI, robotics, and computer science. They share cutting-edge research and developments.

  2. Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL): SAIL is a leading AI research lab at Stanford University, focusing on innovations in machine learning, robotics, and more.

  3. OpenAI: OpenAI is a research organization dedicated to creating and promoting friendly AI for the benefit of all humanity. They share interesting AI advancements and their own research projects.

  4. DeepMind: Google's DeepMind, is known for its cutting-edge research in AI and deep learning. They share news, research, and achievements in AI.

  5. NVIDIA AI: NVIDIA is a leading technology company with a strong focus on AI and deep learning. They share updates on AI hardware, software, and research.

Here are a few people and pages that I follow for interesting AI related content.
  1. Steve Nouri: Founder AI4Diversity: Chief AI Evangelist | Founder | 1MM+ Followers | Keynote Speaker | Top Voice DS & AI

  2. Liz Grennan: Global Co-Leader of Digital Trust at McKinsey & Company | data ethics & responsible AI | tech general counsel

  3. Greg Coquillo: AI Product @Amazon | Startup Investor | 2X Linkedin Top Voice - 2021 Tech & Innovation, 2020 Data Science & AI | Quantum Computing & Web 3.0 | I use technology to scale and improve compliance processes | Content Creator

  4. Zain Kahn: Follow me to learn how you can leverage AI to 10x your productivity and accelerate your career. Building the world's biggest AI newsletter with 120k+ readers at companies like Apple, Google, and Meta.

  5. Generative AI: No.1 Generative AI page on Earth! Internet Publishing:

  6. Justin Grammens: Leader in Mobile, Web and Artificial Intelligence, Founder + CEO Lab651, President & Cofounder Emerging Technologies North

  7. Matthew Versaggi: Senior Leader in the Artificial Intelligence Healthcare Space, Patent Holder, Quantum Computing and Cognitive Technology SME, Seasoned Public Speaker

Worth Watching:
  • Greg Brockman, President and Co-founder at Open-AI recently did a Ted Talk. I was blown away by what he demonstrated. Crazy to think it will be available to the public soon. We've just scratched the surface with ChatGPT.

  • An insightful discussion from the Minnesota Learning Commons (MnLC) webinar held on February 22, 2023. The panel talked about the role of generative AI and tools like ChatGPT in the realm of education. The expert panel featured Kathleen Coate from Normandale Community College, Kyle Trista from Minitex, Jon Fila from Intermediate District 287, Alexis Elder from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and David Berner from Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative. With Stephen Kelly from Minnesota State hosting the webinar and Mary Mehsikomer from Sourcewell facilitating the conversation. Panelists shared resources that can be accessed at

Before wrapping this up, I think it's important to point out, like many of you, I'm also scared of what AI can do.

I could run away from what frightens me, which is typically my M-O.

But with this adventure I'm facing my fear head-on. As I practice and get more familiar with everything, it helps curb my anxiety, at least a little.

Interestingly enough, I've learned that ChatGPT has actually helped me overcome some of my fears.

It's a place to go for a second opinion, a critical eye! I can ask it, what do you think of this blogpost? What would be reasons people would think it's garbage? And how do I address that?

Here is the answer I received from ChatGPT: "As for potential criticisms, some people might think the post is too informal or question the credibility of the author due to the admission of not being an AI expert. To address this, you can emphasize that the purpose of the blog is to share your learning journey as a non-expert and to help others like you navigate the complex world of AI. This relatability can be seen as a strength, as it offers a unique perspective for readers who might be intimidated by technical jargon and complex concepts."

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