By Sanjeev Yadav

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Source: Udacity, a US-based company generating the largest traffic from India, as seen on Alexa

Introduction

Statistics don’t lie. Saw the huge traffic coming from India? I will be sharing my opinion on why this traffic will keep rising, and why Udacity has ranked #8 on CNBC for two years in a row, and finally, why you should leverage its Nanodegree programs to prepare for the ever-changing job market of today and tomorrow.

I am a big admirer of Udacity and their goal to democratise education through the iterative process of project-based and lifelong learning. There are a lot of online courses available on any tech-related topic (I am talking trending ones like Big Data, Artifical Intelligence, Autonomous Driving, Cybersecurity, React, Digital Marketing and Blockchain ones) you are studying right now. But from my experience of 1.5+ …


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Humans are social animals. So they interact. It is their innate tendency to. They use several media to express themselves. Humans have changed the ways of communication over time. From fire signals in the pre-historic times to SMS lingo that we widely use today. They’ve come up with languages that they understand and reciprocate with.

Now, since technological advances have been made, it only makes sense to program our devices so that they are able to understand our human language. In the world of computers, human language is called Natural Language.

Identifying scammers:

Natural Language Processing uses spam filters. This is a commonly used defense mechanism much needed to identify spam messages and emails. We all receive tonnes of emails that we do not want to reply or might pose danger to our security. It becomes an uphill task to identify the futile emails from the ones we need to check. Well, these emails can be muted, sort of, with NLP. With the concept of false-positives and false-negatives, NLP is able to identify and extract meaning from strings of texts. Bayesian spam filtering is the popularly used technique that calculates the probability of a message being spam based on its contents. …


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Last year, 2017, was an infamous year not only for job seekers but employed people. This can be linked to various factors like the introduction of the GST (Goods and Services Tax), the slow growth of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), etc.

The overall impact has been terrible in the tech industry resulting in a lot of layoffs. But the question is how, we as employees, withstand this shift? The supply of engineers is sufficient to meet the demand, but not the demand for ‘quality’ engineers who are qualified enough to fill the gap.

The doubts that still loom are:

How to appeal to employers and stand out?


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With perseverance anything is possible. One can move mountains. It is a matter of willingness and responsibility. Willingness to #TakeCharge and responsibility to continue on that path irrespective of the obstacles one might face. Our Nanodegree graduates teach us the aforementioned very well. Their journey is a testament to what one is capable of achieving. Everyone’s life is designed differently. Everyone comes across varied challenges. Some of our successful Nanodegree program graduates have looked at their challenges in the eye and confronted them. This paved a way for the life they always wanted. …


Technological advances are pacing in an unmanageable manner. The more a nation invests in upcoming technologies, the more incentives it enjoys in the long run. These incentives branch from finer infrastructure to augmentation of the jobs sector. The prime focus of technology nowadays is to moderate the human intervention in day-to-day tasks. Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Computer Vision being the big players in doing so. We have reached a time wherein we can automate our menial tasks like driving. Insane, right? This segment of Computer Vision is popularly known as Autonomous Cars. …


Taking charge of your career is not as uphill as it may seem. With Udacity, you can look at the journey of our successful graduates and write your own success story.

How Udacity can help you achieve that job role in your favorite company that you’ve set your eye on:

Smart course content

The curriculum of a Nanodegree program is strict and to the point. The level of difficulty is not high and it can be easily understood by everyone with any level of understanding. The medium of instruction is pre-recorded video lectures which have closed captioning. The degree of difficulty and content relevance is what makes a Nanodegree superior to any other course. …


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I am already so overworked. I do not have time right now.

I am saving money for my dream vacation.

I am already doing so well in my job.

I just graduated from the college. Enough of learning.

Excuses! Excuses and more excuses. They never seem to have an end. We dream of achieving so much, but little do we actually do about it. It becomes a never-ending cycle. Just as we grow old, our willingness to learn diminishes and dies. In this fast-paced world, we see so many new technologies coming up daily, so we either want to learn a new skill or continue upgrading our existing skill set. But we all have varied living conditions. This can cause hindrance in our learning process and learning should never stop. Learning has no age and time limitation. Learning is even boundless to location nowadays. So all we now have left are our excuses. Udacity has seen and highlighted several success stories that have set examples for aspiring learners. They have taught us to take charge of our lives no matter what life has to offer us. Some things in our lives happen involuntarily, but some are under our control. Learning is one of them. …


Movies, or sci-fi movies, provide an awesome insight into the future. They might show the usage of technology we might not actually believe in. But many times we have been proven wrong. Little did we know, we will reach a time in the future when these crazy technologies will come to life. Let’s throw some light on some of these and get our minds blown:

Drones:

Who would have thought there will be a time in the future when we will be able to purchase our personal drones from Amazon? Crazy, right?

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Drones are not just used by governmental and scientific uses, but they’ve been used commercially for quite some time now. Drones are a class of UAVs, that stands for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. UAVs have uses across numerous industries. From civil engineering to agriculture, this widespread occurrence of drones in these fields has altered the way we function. The most popular commercial uses include Amazon’s ‘drone delivery’ system called Amazon Prime Air, Ambulance drones first put to test in the Netherlands to reduce deaths of patients from cardiac arrest and their use in the film industry. Wouldn’t be surprised if everyone used drones instead of going out in the near future. …


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Markets hold a significant importance in our society. Simple stock trend prediction makes use of historical data to predict the near-future price of a stock. Its task is to provide a correct valuation and liquidity for an asset or stock. Often, stock prices are undervalued or overvalued and this serves as an opportunity for investors to grab on to make more money. This can be an example of lesser intelligent agents and techniques used to evaluate the market growth and trends. Time plays a momentous role in deciding the valuation of a stock. This has significantly changed with the advent of Artificial Intelligence. …


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Depending upon whom you’re listening to, Artificial Intelligence is either an existential threat that will turn on its creators, or the saviour of all mankind in the years to come. As with most things, the truth lies somewhere in the middle of the vast spectrum between those two options — AI is a technology that will act within its capacity to perform the functions that it is given. Even within the group of people who don’t believe that AI will turn violent, many consider AI, with its potential to do repetitive or time-intensive work swiftly and accurately, a threat to the global job market. If robots do the jobs of humans, what will humans do, they ask. …

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