Artificial intelligence, specifically machine learning seems like a hot thing now, and hopefully will remain so for the next decade.
I wanted to be part of this too, but I don’t know where to start. I tried reading Peter Norvig’s AI: A modern approach. Many says that the book is good but it’s too theoretical for me, unless I find some partner to study together with me, I find it too dry to do alone.
I am also reading The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by Pedro Domingos. The book is easier to digest and I get an overview of machine learning, generally, the 4 approaches of machine learning.
I also tried following the book on how to program machine learning via Python.
However, if you are really starting out, I advice you to make a tic tac toe game, mimicking the computer playing it. It can be really simple like making the computer move randomly at first. You can refer here for the simple pseudocode.
You should probably give the computer some sense of priority. for example
-Check your moves each turn
–>if you have 2 x in a row, then the third space becomes move
–>else pick a random move