Understanding Blockchain, AI, & Machine Learning (course full)

Fall - September 18–November 21, 2021
Modality, Day & Time:
Online - Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Kiran Kumar M Yarlagadda

Course Description

This course takes a deep dive into the world of blockchain, AI, and machine learning. We open the hood and look inside blockchain to see what it is, how it has evolved, and where it is headed. We then explore artificial intelligence and machine learning and seek to understand the philosophical and ethical issues, relationship with consciousness and self-awareness, the categories and applications of the different families of AI algorithms, and what challenges and opportunities lie in the future. Students are encouraged to think about the impact of these technologies on society and how they themselves might become leaders and shapers in these fields.

The course includes asynchronous work, which students are expected to complete between class sessions. Light team-based coding in Python helps elucidate and make concrete ideas around blockchain and artificial intelligence. No prior coding experience is required, however.

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BLOK0104 | Call Number: 15110

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Kiran Kumar M Yarlagadda

Kiran Kumar M Yarlagadda, is a technologist with 20+ years of global experience. He currently works at a bank as a Vice President in Technology Infrastructure Architecture team with focus on Analytics, Databases, Cloud and Governance.

Prior to this he was the Chief Technology Officer for AuraBlocks, an Oracle Silver partner and a global enterprise Blockchain consulting company delivering services in several key verticals: Financial Services, Federal, Healthcare and more. His team was the first global company to build multiple working demo solutions on Oracle Blockchain Cloud service in 2017 & 2018. He designed and led the introduction of RapidBlocks product at Oracle Open World 2018. RapidBlocks, was a design proposal for a first SaaS product to natively work with Oracle Blockchain platform. He led IT Architecture work in the Distributed Ledger Technology and Digital Transformation space.

He is the founder of Columbia Blockchain Alliance, a 650+ member group community of Columbia University student, alum, and academia that comes together on a regular basis to bring the conversation of Blockchain and its eco-system to the front and center of Columbia University. He has been a speaker, moderator and a panelist on multiple academic and industry Blockchain events. He was a mentor in the "The Columbia | IBM Launch Accelerator".

Prior to AuraBlocks, Kiran founded DataMagnus, a boutique Data, Analytics, Big Data and cloud consulting company that served clients in the Financial Services, Real Estate, Energy & Healthcare industries. He helped industry leaders deploy global digital infrastructure and superior customer experiences that enable business success. Prior to founding DataMagnus, Kiran worked for several Asset Management, Hedge Fund & Insurance companies in New York City, during which he created and ran global technology engineering and operations teams.

Also, at a California startup founded by an ex-Goldman Sachs trader, he wrote the backend engine for an Alternative Trading System (ATS) that was built to trade municipal bonds. Early on in his career, working for a global BPO IT services company based out of Bangalore in India, he traveled around the world to deliver technology consulting services for clients in Pharmaceutical, Healthcare Insurance/Billing, e-Retail & Warehouse logistics industries.

Kiran has a Bachelor’s (BS) degree in Computer Science from Madurai Kamaraj University, India. He received his Master’s (MS) in technology & management from Columbia University, New York City. He worked as a lecturer in Columbia University’s applied analytics master’s program. He also taught sessions on Blockchain in the Columbia Business School's Advanced Management Program to a group of CEO, CIO and C-Suite leaders from around the world. He is a board member of the Fibrous Dysplasia Alliance.

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