Hey there! Welcome to Artificially Intelligent Claire!
My name is Claire, and I’m on a mission to help passionate developers and other millennials excited by the opportunities in AI have an impact.
Taking from my almost decade long experience working in business and technical roles, I will help you master having an impact with artificial intelligence.
Helping smart, proactive people have the impact they want is my passion!
Through my online resources and masterminds that will help you push through the overwhelm and crack being Artificially Intelligent!
When I’m not studying artificial intelligence, however, you can find me roaming the streets of South East London. I will be looking for hidden gems and brunch spots!
My friends are always teasing me about my love of all things nerdy. They also joke about how much I care about my houseplants! I am a truly dedicated plant mum and proud of it!
Ok enough about plants….
….though I could go on forever…
…. in fact, DM me on Insta if you wanna go deep on plant chat!
Back to AI and what I mean by ‘Artificially Intelligent’!
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The day I discovered the real value of thinking differently
Have you ever felt that you don’t quite fit in?
Maybe you’re here because you’re interested in AI but feel like there’s no way that someone with your background, can understand something so complicated.
Believe me; I know how you feel.
I am a self-taught programmer without a developer background. Little over a year ago, I had never even written a line of code!
What I did have, however, was a love of science and a desire to learn more.
I have never really fit into the corporate world. Who really loves the idea of helping huge companies make more money?
At Uni I studied Chemistry and have always been fascinated by science. I love to understand how things work, and reverse engineer them.
Despite not loving the corporate world, I have been fortunate in my career to work at top tech and chemical companies for almost a decade.
Not as fun as it looks
Though my career looks impressive on paper, I never felt it was getting the best of me. I wanted to feel like I was making a difference.
Nevertheless, wherever I worked, I have always, (even as a junior employee), been called upon to do talks, run workshops, and come up with ideas to drive innovation. I am seen as a bit of a creative oddball – in a good way. I am the disruptor of the norm who has a lot of strong ideas.
Fun Fact! The area I grew up in is where J. R. R. Tolkien got his inspiration for ‘The Shire’ in the Lord of the Rings series. As you can imagine, there are a lot of farms, woods, and areas of beautiful countryside. Cam (my partner) puts my oddness down to the fact that I grew up in the ‘woods’…
This title, though meant as a compliment, never really filled me with joy as I wasn’t using my power in line with my values.
Luckily the big tech company I worked at allowed flexibility and encouraged people to move around. I decided to get more deeply into the technical side.
Finding my way in machine learning
Feeling unfulfilled creatively and excited by all the hype I heard about AI and machine learning, I moved into a team who were experimenting with that technology.
Finally, I found a topic I loved! AI had so much potential for good, and you can be so creative with it. I was happy.
However, over the last couple of years, I became increasingly concerned with the narrative on AI from politicians and the media.
Compelled to take action!
Many share messages about artificial intelligence that are at best, misleading, and often inaccurate. Under normal circumstances, I have been content(ish) to sit on the sidelines cursing those with the microphone for spreading their ‘fake news.’ I would hope for them to see the error of their ways and look at the data knowing they wouldn’t.
However, with the seemingly infinite potential of AI, I felt compelled to take action.
That’s when I started my blog, Artificially Intelligent Claire, a source of truth and inspiration for people interested in learning about AI.
The original purpose of this blog was to document my journey learning to code. This journey would ultimately lead me to write a book on AI that would combat people’s misconceptions about the technology.
Discovering unique skill
However, as I started learning to code and getting more experience with ML, I was surprised to realise I knew something that no-one else seemed to.
Learning to code is not easy (most people know that). But I was able to feel a great sense of accomplishment which helped me approach learning with the right mindset.
When I reached the stage where I was ready to start trying out my machine learning projects, this was where my special skills came in.
I was delighted to find how quickly I was able to pick up projects. Concepts such as feature engineering and identify the algorithms I needed came easy to me.
I realised I knew things other people at my stage didn’t.
My love of reverse engineering, coupled with my years of experience across business and tech gave me a huge advantage.
Realising I can help you
But what scared me was that nobody was teaching people how to do what I found so easy.
Yes, highly experienced people would answer questions and support when they came up in forums.
But nobody was giving people the process they need. This process would make it easy for them to solve problems of feature engineering and project design on their own.
It reminds me of that phrase, give a man a fish, and they’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and they’ll eat for life.
Nobody was teaching these passionate devs how to fish!
I saw a massive gap in the education of developers. This gap meant they aren’t able to make the most of their skills from a business and impact perspective.
Furthermore, if we are going to deliver AI with a positive impact, we need to encourage more people with backgrounds to get involved.
Having hit upon this, I quickly shared my findings with some of the more senior people I knew running tech teams at my company.
I was expecting shock and awe what I got was…
‘Yer we know.’
Is this gap a known issue?
I couldn’t believe it.
It was then I realised I had to re-work my plans for Artificially Intelligent Claire so I could help.
Why weren’t more people talking about this?
I frequently meet people who feel lost in the world of AI. These incredible and talented people are unable to make the most of their skills.
Feeling motivated by discussions with them and other senior leaders I know in tech, I changed my approach to Artificially Intelligent Claire.
This blog is going to be the go-to resource to help developers and other millennials excited by the opportunities in AI have an impact.
I am fortunate to be in the unique position that I have worked both sides of the coin, business and tech.
Through my experience, I know the tricks and processes that will help people wanting to ramp up quickly and have a real impact.
I know the power of shifting your mindset.
And now I can teach you!
This stuff all sounds great, but I know what you’re thinking…
How do I know you can help me, Claire?
If your passionate about developing AI with impact but your not sure how to start, I can help you. Whether you’re just setting out learning to code or have experience in data science, I have resources that will help you have real impact faster.
Without overwhelming you with information, you will learn the frameworks to reverse engineer your problems from an impact perspective with ease.
From Artificially Intelligent Claire, you can expect to get:
- Honest reviews of online courses to teach you to program
- Open portrayals of the highs and lows of learning new skills as well as how to stay motivated
- Introductions to a variety of ways people and companies are using artificial intelligence to make our lives better (written in normal person speak!)
- Career tips and processes that will get you to the next level
- Most importantly, you can laugh. Humour is so important to me, and I want you to have as much fun reading this blog as I do writing it!
- Community – meet like-minded, passionate people and join the brand new Facebook group!
Ok Let’s get started