Engadget: GarageBand lessons are now free for aspiring musicians. “GarageBand has long been a useful tool to record music, podcasts and more. Even better, the app is free to download and use on your Mac or iOS devices, making it easy to try. Recent updates have brought enhancements like a portal for free sound packs and a better drum sequencer (on mobile), along with Touch Bar support and realistic-sounding drummers on the desktop. Now, Apple is upgrading its music creation suite yet again, offering it’s previously $5 artist piano and guitar lessons for free, along with more additions to its drummers, loops and sound effects.”
Berkeley: New online course will make blockchain so clear ‘you can explain it to your grandma’. “A popular UC Berkeley course on blockchain — the complex, bewildering technology that underpins things like bitcoin — will soon be a public online course accessible to anyone across the world eager to learn about the decentralized bookkeeping method that many believe could be the future of the digital economy.” The course will be free.
InformationWeek: 5 Free Online Machine Learning Courses. “Demand for machine learning professionals is growing faster than for any other job. If you are looking to gain the skills needed for that next stage in your career, check out our short list of free online machine learning courses.” Well annotated.
University at Buffalo: UB launches online blockchain course series, available to public . “Blockchain technology is expected to revolutionize the world and is advancing at an unprecedented pace. That’s why, as University at Buffalo computer science and engineering research associate professor Bina Ramamurthy says, there is urgency in supporting those who will propel it forward…. Ramamurthy is the instructor of a set of four new online courses about blockchain offered on the Coursera platform, which features 25 million registered users and courses from 150 universities.”
Santa Fe Institute: New online class offers tools for tackling fundamental questions. “For more than a century, scientists have been using probability and statistics to measure the natural world. They want to make sense of data and find meaningful signals in the noise. But in the last few years, classical statistics have started to seem a little threadbare. Researchers now have access to large datasets, which are driving new insights in disciplines ranging from biology to ecology to economics…. The data have changed. Maybe it’s time our data analysis tools did, too. That’s one of the core ideas behind ‘Algorithmic Information Dynamics,’ a new online course offered through SFI’s online education portal, Complexity Explorer.” The course is not free, but it only costs $50 and that includes a textbook.
Creative Commons: Announcing Open Registration for CC Certificates. “In response to the growing use of CC licenses globally, and the corresponding need for open licensing expertise, Creative Commons is officially launching the CC Certificate program today. Registration for the Certificate program is now open and details are available on the Certificates website. The CC Certificate provides an-in depth study of Creative Commons licenses and open practices – helping you become an expert in open licensing and the Commons. The program is offered both as a 10-week online course starting in July 2018 as well as a week-long, in-person bootcamp in 2019.”
Fossbytes: Google’s Internal “Machine Learning Crash Course” Goes Online For Free . “Google has created a new website called ‘Learn with Google AI‘ featuring educational material to give insight into core machine learning concepts, as well as, applying ML to the real world problems. The content developed by Google engineers caters to beginners who want to get started with ML and all the way to advanced deep learning pros and researchers.” Why are there only 24 hours in a day? Clearly this is a design flaw.