Stanford CS221: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence Online

Kudos to Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig for teaching a free online version of Stanford University’s intro to artificial intelligence (AI) class. The website promises that online class participants will receive a benchmark certificate. The class is scheduled to occur between October 10 and December 16, 2011. I plan on purchasing the text book and attending the class if I can manage to sign up fast enough when the online section opens.

  1. Will other professors offer popup online sections?
  2. How many participants will be allowed to take the class?
  3. Could this type of online section breakdown the admissions gatekeeping system?