Sunday, September 29, 2013

Ex-Rafflesian is world's top academic and revolutionaries: Behind free education and Google Brain

Problem in education, especially higher learning institute

In USA many educational institutions function like a cartel, loading their students with astronomical debts while top managements enrich themselves. This problem is getting unsustainable today especially in college, where student debt bubble is a time bomb waiting to go off anytime.


The leader of online education today is Coursera, launched by Stanford University computer professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller in response to exorbitant education prices. Today, Coursera top in online higher education. Coursera promises to deliver high quality education from star professors and top scientists -- free for some courses while charging very low price for others.

The course involves taking tests, and getting grades. Once you’ve completed the course and have your grades, you can then share your detailed course performance with employers via a web-based interface.

Accredition and endorsement

Right now, Coursera is working with the American Council on Education (ACE) to ensure that credits that come from the Signature Track program will be honored by many of ACE’s 1,800 member schools, such as Amherst University, Boston University, Carnegie Mellon and many others.

That is to say, one day, a student can save a lot of monies by taking courses in Coursera while working towards a degree in an establish college. One day, Coursera could be a platform of totally online college.

Co-CEO Co-Founder Andrew Ng 

Professor Ng 吳恩達, 36, who is British, lived in Singapore from the time he was in Primary 2 till the end of his junior college education. He enrolled in Anglo-Chinese School (Primary), Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College.

He has since moved to the United States. He studied PhD in MIT then transferred to the University of California, Berkeley. He is now an associate professor of computer science at Stanford.

Ng is Times 100 most influential people today, on the same list with people like Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, Park Guen Hye, Pope...etc. He was also named the top innovators under 35 by MIT.

Ng is also the Director of Stanford's AI (artificial intelligence) Lab. On 2011, Google recruited Ng into Google X Lab to work on one of the world's top AI research, the Google Brain project, where he focused on Deep Learning. Ng and his AI work, had generated a lot of attention in the engineering communities of AI. The neural network that he worked on in Google is 1000 times larger than what others in academics were working on. Ng has since moved on to run Coursera.

Ng is visiting Singapore

Ng is coming to Singapore to conduct a meet up with people in coming December 28.


Anonymous said...

Looks like all local talents have emigrated because of the lousy system being installed by the old man.

Anonymous said...

Online study is not new.

Veritas said...

Online study is not new.

You are right. Before a youtube can consider an online study.

But this guys seems to have good network, business plan and marketing skills. He is now leading the pack, of issuing certificate, conducting online assignment, project and quizzes.

That sets him apart.

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Why is this so, Veritas?