Stanford’s free ‘Intro to AI’ course

August 4, 2011 | Source: IEEE Spectrum

Stanford University’s CS221: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence Fall quarter 2011 is now available, for free, Stanford has announced.

You can take this online course from professors Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, along with several hundred Stanford undergrads, without having to fill out an application, pay tuition, or live in a dorm.

This is more than just downloading materials and following along with a live stream; you’re actually going to have to do all the same work as the Stanford students. There’s a book, at least 10 hours per week of studying, weekly graded homework assignments, a midterm exam, and a final exam. The professors will be available to answer your questions. If you finish the work, you’ll get a certificate of completion and a final grade (no college credits, however, unless you’re a Stanford student).

You can sign up here, and keep up to date through the class Twitter feed here.