My name is Aki and I live in Helsinki, Finland.
I’m a life long learner and a “hacker”.
Been interested in Machine Learning ever since I joined Andrew Ng’s brilliant Machine Learning course in 2011 - the dawn of MOOCs. After that I’ve followed a many Deep Learning courses including the legendary Hinton’s Neural Networks for Machine Learning (didn’t pass, but learned a lot). I’ve also followed the beautiful Abu Mostafa’s Machine Learning course on youtube. And of course the truly informational cs231n by Andrej Karpathy. I hope I’m not forgetting some course that I should give credit here…
However, this course has been the first one that gave me the abilities to do my first submissions for Kaggle competitions. And for this I can’t even think of a way to give enough thanks to Jeremy and Rachel for this beautifully designed course!
I got my first computer as a present from my dear godfather. This is it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microprofessor_II
That’s how I began my interest in computers. Back in the 1990’s, at the age around 14-15 years I was running my own BBS (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulletin_board_system). Ever since I’ve been more than keen to learn everything about computers.
However, I haven’t (never went to uni, at least this yet) got a formal education in Information Technology.
Currently, for bread, I program Perl.
It’s a coincidence, but before joining this course, last December (iirc) I switched my email provider to Fastmail and I’ve been really happy with their service. Thank you Jeremy for the great service! Only moan about the service is that it’s rendering ascii-smileys as happy face images (luckily this “feature” is only on when viewing the messages and actual recipients see the ascii-smileys as they are).
Of course I would like to help the world with the Deep Learning skills learned here, but if I’m honest, I’ll hope that some day I’ll get an idea for a Deep Learning app that will provide passive income for me for the rest of my life. Then I could more easily concentrate on helping the world with my computer skills.
Thanks to Jeremy and Rachel for making this course that gives me the possibility to make my dreams come true!
Happy hacking to all of you!