Artificial Intelligence/Is AI and NLP for me?
I'm a fresher in college, doing Computer Science Engineering.I'm deeply attracted to Artificial intelligence and more specifically, NLP. I would like to learn NLP, but not sure if I can even understand those concepts.I keep searching for resources on internet.Will I be able to accomplish something in these subjects, now? That is, will I be able to understand these concepts with a little knowledge in programming(C, C++), Artificial intelligence and NLP?
If in case I should proceed in learning these, what will be best choice to start with? Any book recommendations, Sir?
I think that anyone who has a strong interest in NLP should be able to learn it. However, it is extremely difficult, and in fact, there is no real solution at this time. I think you should look at various college offerings.
There are many good college programs - MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Cambridge for example. Also, do internet searches on terms like 'natural language recognition' 'Speech recognition' 'Vision Processing' 'Robotics' These searches will tell you a lot about AI. My area of interest is in Natural Language Understanding. This is where the computer attempts to understand human language and converse with people in a natural and conversational fashion. Speech Recognition is a related aspect of this. There is also vision recognition; Face recognition has gotten a lot of press lately and this area of research has progressed well in recent years. There is also the idea of an 'Expert System'. These have been around for a long time. For example, the system might ask a series of health questions and then diagnose an illness. Then there is the entire field of robotics, although this is mostly a combination of all of the above with some engineering and hardware components. I recommend the LEGO Mindware robotics system if you want to get started with that angle.