How do this course connect to the current era of LLMs?

There is no doubt the course and the teacher are great ( I am at the initial Lessons).

As I am new to this — does this course then help me use the current AI tools in the news now?
The analogy in my mind is should I learn Assembly today or start with a High Level language?

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Hi,

IMO, if you are new to deep learning, Part 1 of the course will help you understand the basic concepts in model training and deployment for vision, text and tabular data. The NLP chapter introduces Hugging Face ecosystem and their transformers framework which are very relevant to LLMs. Also, Part 2 dives deep into transformers along with other foundational concepts.

I am still doing Part 2 of the course, but as per my understanding LLM specific stuff like prompting, RAG, etc. are not covered. I started with the course first and am slowly starting to learn the concepts specific to LLMs now. I believe you can go about this the other way around as well (start with LLM specific concepts and go deeper into the fundamentals in this course), especially if you have some prior exposure to ML/DL.

P.S.: This video from Jeremy is a great starting block to start playing around with LLMs:
A Hackers’ Guide to Language Models

Hope this helps :slight_smile:

Should I learn Assembly today or start with a High Level language.

If you are interested in technology then learn Assember. Given a few registers, storage transfers, jumps and arithmetic will help you understand computers without the constrains of any intellectual concepts.
You will also spend hours working out why it did not do what you thought you had coded.

Alternatively if you just want to solve problems then any high level language will do but you will often say - All I want to do is … but the compiler say No.

Similarly you can learn about the traditional technology such as clustering, learning and even GPU.
The alternative is using the Foundation models to solve problems.

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Thanks for your response.

If you were to start which path would you take? You say “starting to learn the LLM specific concepts” – are they part of the Part-2 of this course?

Thanks Conwyn.

There is jabber text ahead of “The reality is that foundation model users still need to be subject matter experts in the subject area other than the foundation model otherwise …”

Exactly. Unless you were a subject expert how do you verify the output from a Foundation Model.

I finished Part 1 of the course and did some projects in the last couple of months. Now I have started doing Part 2 which dives into the foundational concepts of deep learning. I am also looking at prompting and RAG applications which are related to LLMs but are not covered in the course.