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Semester 1 of Georgia Tech's Online Master's in Computer Science.

I'm taking CS7637: Knowledge-Based Artificial Intelligence. My reasons: AI is super awesome; I liked the idea of cognitive science and AI; and one of the instructors - Dr. David Joyner - is very highly spoken of throughout the program for running well-designed courses.

Prereqs are "just some Python". All seems well.

Lecture 1: "hi here are some blocks. can you order them?"

Me: "yes i can"

Lecture 2-8: "here are some ideas how computers would do this"

Me: "sounds good"

Homework 1: "hi isn't AI cool. let's talk freely about that."

Me: "oh man i am going to crush this course - "

Project 1: "hi PLEASE BUILD YOUR AI NOW"

Me: "wait i"

Project 1: "YOU CAN USE PYTHON"

Me: "..."

Project 1: "LOOK HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE VISUAL INTELLIGENCE TESTS PLZ SOLVE THESE W YOUR AI AGENT"

Me: ""

Project 1: "THEY WILL BE GETTING HARDER"

Numerous forum posts: "HI MY AI USES AMAZING COMPUTER VISION AND IS ALREADY SO ADVANCED THAT IT IS TAKING OVER THE LAND AROUND MY CITY IN A GRAY GOO SCENARIO, HOW DO I DEAL WITH THIS? THANK YOU, KIND TEACHERS"

Me: "oh no"

So there was a bit of a leap between the lectures and homeworks and the project.

But all is well now. It's even getting fun (after that first icy shower of "oh god what have I signed up for"). Though calling the program I'm writing "AI" is very, very generous...