Chapter 1Escape! Code Your Way Out of a Paper Bag

This book is a journey into artificial intelligence (AI), machine intelligence, and machine learning aimed at reasonably competent programmers who want to understand how some of these methods work. Throughout this book, you’ll use different algorithms to create models, evolve solutions, and solve problems, all of which involve escaping (or finding a way into) a paper bag. Why a paper bag?

In a blog post, Jeff Atwood, co-founder of Stack Overflow, reflects on many programmers’ inability to program.[2] He quotes various people saying things like, “We’re tired of talking to candidates who can’t program their way out of a paper bag.”

With that in mind, the paper bag escapology is a perfect metaphor ...

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