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Learning Machine Project

Updated: Sep 4, 2021

Since the beginning of the covid pandemic and found my future path to be in new fields i.e. Marketing Analysis and Data Visualization, I became crazily into online learning. While spending most of my time on my PC instead of commuting on subway, I was introduced to this video >>> Become A Learning Machine (link at :35) and I decided to "intentionally (as opposed to "accidentally" through everyday life)" learn what I didn't know when I woke up every day.

I constantly see people rise in life who were not the smartest... but they are learning machines, they go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up. - Charles T. Munger

Also around that time, Coursera released a plan for students for whom lost their education opportunities or routines due to this unprecedented pandemic and I applied for this privilege account. Subsequently, CUNY launched Upskilling project for its students to advance their industrial skillset. I enrolled in this program as well. Both Coursera courses and Upskilling program contain short-term to months-long sequence so I initiated with multiple courses in different areas and have added other courses of my interest as I complete one another. Namely I have been focusing on;

  • Digital Marketing

  • Data Analysis

  • Programming Languages

  • Data Visualization

  • Graphic Design, and

  • Music Fundamentals

and I named my journey to learn in these areas "(zero cost) Learning Machine Project" derived from the term Munger coined at USC commencement.

I am indeed a slow learner but up until today, I enjoy spending time earning certificates. Yes, one of the reasons I am into these courses is that this measurable system of digital certificates which I could showcase in my profile. Learning on my own is good, but sharing accomplishment and get likes? - better. The best though is seeing my connection instigated to learn as I do, through my post on social media - and this in fact motivates me to the next level. It's the win-win chain for me.

Today my certificates reached 50 of them (even though I might have lost count for minor courses while some courses do not issue a certificate) and I thought I would share my list here >>> Shokolatte's Learning Machine Project complete list. How does it look to you? Again folks, I paid zero dollars for what's in the list, I'm only investing a little of my time in life.

I admit, this project became a "hobby" to me as well. But while it may sound pretty random, the fact is that the more courses I enroll, the more datasets (or other resources/materials) I get to retrieve to later play with. Now this is the beautiful part - this hobby is to not just complete what I was taught in each course, but to be able to create my own using the same given resources.

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. - Maya Angelou

In conclusion, being stuck at home found me establish my new skillsets and my lifelong journey to learn. I just don't know where I could go without free online courses (and the beach 🏖️ if you know me) anymore.

video credit: Shu Omi - YouTube

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