Prerequisites: Principles of Code 5
Computers are advancing so rapidly that researchers are already predicting that we will encounter machines as intelligent as human beings within the next decade. 2016 was a milestone year for Artificial Intelligence that saw a Google AI beat a world champion in the game Go, a game that most acknowledge is several orders more difficult than chess.
How do we navigate a world where robots and AIs are intertwined with our lives and the workplace? Code Campus believes that developing an appreciation and basic understanding of this technology is a must for preparing our students for jobs that do not yet exist in a world, where a human response is increasingly becoming indistinguishable from a machine’s.
We will use Python’s excellent Scikit-Learn library to study how basic machine learning algorithms like the k-means, that only depend on the basic knowledge of an arithmetic average, can be used to endow computer programs with simple intelligence. We will also study how matrix math underlies the storied PageRank algorithm - the secret sauce for Google’s early success in web search, as well as the principles behind of how sites like Amazon serve up recommendations to their online customers.
“Coding” is synonymous with “programming”. It refers to the art of writing computer code, which are instructions that a computer can follow to solve problems. Practically every facet of technology that we encounter in our daily lives - from online banking systems to video games on our iPhone, from the GPS systems we rely on navigation to the security systems that protect our homes and offices, is created from code.
Python is one of the world's most popular languages (consistently ranked within the Top 10 in recent years by Tiobe ) that is known for its learner-friendly syntax, versatility and ubiquity in the workplace. It is also a language that most of our instructors have had the pleasure of using in the workplace. In addition, students and parents might be interested to know that Computing will be available as an examinable subject for the Singapore "O" levels beginning in 2017 and Python will be the language taught in the curriculum.