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Indian American Teen Publishes Textbook on AI

An Indian American high school student in Northern California wrote and published a textbook on artificial intelligence (AI) recently, India West reports.

A senior from BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, a private school in San Jose, Siddarth Sharma produced A Guide to Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and its Applications with a team of fellow high schoolers located throughout the country. The book has been endorsed by Stanford University professors. 

“The idea for the book came through a nonprofit organization that I started, StartOnAI,” Sharma said, India West reports. “I saw that AI and machine learning is not accessible to most students and requires advanced math and computer science knowledge to get started.” 

According to StartOnAi’s website, the organization works to provide ‘simple yet effective tutorials for younger students and adults to [understand] AI at the core level.’ The site boasts a week-by-week curriculum and multiple tutorial videos, and has engaged 10,000 students in 4 countries. 

The book, the site notes, was ‘written by students and is for students.’ 

“This book serves as a guide for both beginners and users of machine learning… ” the website notes. “Unlike other books on the subject, we use efficient, grounded tools to demonstrate the power of machine learning while guiding the reader from the fundamentals of data science and mathematics towards state-of-the-art algorithms and modern developments in the field.” 

All proceeds of the book will go to charities such as Girls Who Code, the website notes. 

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