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Please help us welcome our next curator Darryl Takudzwa Griffiths. @BlaqNinja completed his Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering at DUT, graduated in 2011. Due to struggling to find suitable employment he went on to study multiple certificates from bodies such as Microsoft.
He has certificates in N+ (Computer Networking), A+ (Computer Technician & Technical Support), Certified Ethical Hacking V7 (CEH v7), Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP). Sadly even with these, he could not secure his desired post so in 2016 he moved to USA.
Darryl was able to secure a job in a corporation that owns casinos as a system analyst & security architect. Within the same year he embarked on a Masters degree in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Engineering. In 2017 he resigned from his post and started his own company...
@Legacy_4R to supplement his income then in 2020 he started a robotics & AI research & development company @Legacy_Robotic based on research. Darryl has a team of researchers & contributors he works with & also consults on cyber security for various clients. Welcome Darryl!
Hello, Good evening guys. I would like to thank you for giving me the platform to share my journey & hopefully help someone who would like to start a career in I.C.T

We have had an amazing week with very insightful curators on various fields of I.C.T
I would like to thank the @mentorshipzim team for the platform & idea to help someone who might need career advice. So I will try to focus mainly on Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Cyber Security since i feel the rest have been well covered by the other curators
I started off in Computer Engineering as a Software Development Major but I felt my knowledge was broad but not adequate enough to secure solid employment because I.C.T has various fields one can pursue, so as a university graduate with little knowledge in different aspects
It was difficult to find something financially rewarding as I had envisioned since I had started studying, i will explain why I felt that way
So after graduating I could not find adequate employment because with a degree one is expected to earn a certain amount (market related) but let's say a company needs a Network Administrator I have noticed there are many colleges & institutions such as Microsoft, CISCO, CompTIA
That can offer certification courses specific for Network Engineering, Telecoms so I had a lot of knowledge from a degree but I had not exactly specialized & it was difficult to find a perfect match & path to follow. So I decided to try & gather industry specific international
Certifications so I could have more knowledge, I did various CompTIA & Microsoft certifications from A+ to Security & everything in between (8 certificates) with a keen interest in Cyber Security & Ethical Hacking because I had business interests around Cyber Security
I will share on this platform how to attain certifications, degree programs & up to Masters degrees for free or very affordable. So after attaining industry specific certificates on top of my Bachelor's I found myself still not satisfied with South Africa
In 2016 February I sent a job application to a company based in USA to work in their Casino's as a Technical Systems Analyst & Security Systems Developer which to my surprise I landed within 2 weeks & the company arranged all the necessary documents for me to travel & join them
Then in the same year I started pursuing a Master's in Robotics & A.I but sadly there are not enough schools in Africa that are offering the program & the ones that do are very expensive
(According to my research there is no university in Zimbabwe offering Robotics & A.I)
So I signed up for an Advanced Master's Degree in Robotics & A.I Engineering & it has been 5 years of challenges but very fulfilling knowledge. It is predicted that Robots & A.I will have replaced a lot of the functions we perform today & I'm sure you have seen some tasks
Are already getting automated, so I will share about my journey specific to Robotics & I. What you need to study this field, what subjects to focus on in High School, the available jobs, I will share about 30 books & 30 scholarships & at the tail end
I will also be sharing something exciting with my team @Legacy_Robotic that we have been working on for a few months & feel we might need to engage other people who are interested.
Also please if anyone has any questions about anything I.C.T related feel free to ask I will try to answer to the best of my knowledge & hopefully it helps
So why should one consider pursuing Robotics/A.I, Data Science?

According to a recent research by Price Waterhouse Coopers the global GDP is forecasted to be 14% higher in 2030 because of A.I & the tech revolution.
Many jobs have already been automated or a robot is being designed that can or will be able to accomplish the task with lot more precision, no injuries, ability to reprogram & reassign, costs & profits. With pandemics like corona we have seen the need to work remotely
So that should be motivation enough to get on this path if interested or someday the job you are doing might be assigned to a robot. As a futurist I naturally wanted to be an architect of the revolution, below are some videos of robots%A.I & how they work to help with perspective
This one can build an entire house in a few days.

The beauty of Robotics & A.I is the applications are endless , only limited by the imagination, funding of the design, development & engineering

My team & I are currently researching Artificial Super Intelligence & Robotics in Neurological Sciences. There are very few Neurologists in the world, Google says 2% & even less can perform surgery, yet the mind is the most powerful tool, we do not fully understand its complexity
We can't do a lot of things based on our limitations as humans yet Robots can & will assist many in lot of real time applications
Ask yourself what areas can that Robot be used in & you will have a tonne of answers & see the importance of integrating machines into society & embracing their full potential

The only limitation to the ability of a machine is the maker, these are some of the bots that are made public by some of the best Engineers
There are robots used for military, medical, evacuation, surveillance, counter intelligence, industrial production, menial tasks we try to avoid die to strenuous labour.
To a Robot Bodyguard (I am only sharing & can't vouch for the authenticity or capabilities of this robot, the information is classified & way too encrypted. I couldn't get much sensible information)

Car Manufacturer Ford has developed a delivery robot. So pretty soon we shall have bots delivering our parcels & many companies such as UPS, Amazon, FedEx have already either developed or in development of delivery bots.

Medical/Pharmaceutical based robot to assist in drug delivery within the body.

Pizza making Robot 300 pizzas an hour, imagine that level of efficiency

Something almost impossible a robot that can help unblock brain vessels

I will be between now & 10am CAT be sharing as many different types of robots as possible so you can see the applications. Someone might want to either build one or see that one is coming to replace them at work & again do something about it lol
I think the few videos I shared paint a picture of how robots are becoming part of society & highlighted some of their capabilities. Below I will share some Artificial Intelligence videos then after I will explain how one can build robots & A.I also share some books
In A.I just yesterday we had @elonmusk announce the progress he has made with neuralink which I have been looking forward to for years. The video below just shows briefly what it's about
To some advancement of knowledge & technology may not be motivation so I will answer the question why follow Robotics & A.I

According to he monthly salary for a Robotics Engineer in South Africa is average of R194 000 a month
& in USA according to an A.I Engineer earns an average salary of $150 000 P/A

Though it's not much it sure is something for am entry level engineer
I will now talk about the subjects to study for a journey into this field
Maths is core & one needs to have workable knowledge of
1. Graph Theory
2. Recessive Deterministic Perception
3. Geometry
4. Measurements
5. Algebra
6. Statistics
7. Calculus
8. Matrix Theory
9. Computation

10. Problem Formulation
11. Production Systems
12. Ontology
13. Prepositional Logic
Programming Languages to learn
1. Python (support libraries such Numfy, Pandas, PyBrain, Scify)
2. C++
3. Java (for Natural Language Proccesing + Apache, Stark, Hadoop)
4. TensorFlow for Deep Learning Projects
5. Julia for high performance numerical computing
6. Arduino
8. Raspberry Pi
10. .Net
11. Keras
12. PyTorch
13. OpenCV

below I will share some books that can help one start from beginner
140 #MachineLearning Formulas for #DataScientists (FREE 17-page PDF): ———— #BigData #DataScience #Statistics #DataMining #Mathematics #DataLiteracy #StatisticalLiteracy #abdsc —— ++Learn Bayesian Analysis techniques in these books:
[FREE 3200-page book. Expanded & updated July 2020] #Pandas#Python Data Analysis Toolkit for #DataScience : by


—————— #abdsc #BigData #Analytics #AI #MachineLearning #TimeSeries #DataViz #Coding #DataScientists
Free book, useful for #DataScientists interviews — Guide to Competitive Programming: —————— #BigData #DataScience #MachineLearning #AI #DeepLearning #NeuralNetworks #Algorithms #Coding #abdsc
These are some books that can be very helpful for those interested or those who are curious as they shed light on the details of this field.

I will now share a few scholarships, who knows you might be get yourself accepted
Arizona State University Award Amount: $3,000…
Bridge to the Future Scholars California State University, Northridge Award Amount: $2,000…
Chevron Award Amount: $5,000…
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Award Amount: $5,000…
F.U.T.U.R.E. Foundation Award Amount: $1,000
Panther Fund Scholarships Florida Institute of Technology Award Amount: $13,500…
Kettering University Award Amount: $5,000…
Liberty University Award Amount: $4,000…
Michigan State University Award Amount: $1,500
Engineering Excellence Scholarships Bagley College of Engineering Mississippi State University Award Amount: $3,000…
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Award Amount: $10,000
Ronald McDonald House Charities Award Amount: $1,000 - $100,000…
Southern California Reginal Robotics Forum (SCRRF) Award Amount: $1,000…
Texas Instruments Award Amount: $5,000…
University of Advancing Technology Award Amount: $10,000…
Worcester Polytechnic institute (WPI) Award Amount: $20,000…
Proton OnSite Scholarship Program Award Amount: $25,000
ADD Software LLC Scholarship Award Amount: $500…
SME Education Foundation Varies…
Wichita State University Varies…
AFCEA Educational Foundation Varies…
Gerald J. Gagner Legacy Scholarship Fund University of Utah Award Amount: $2,500…
Scholarships for America's Future Scientists and Engineers A DoD scholarhisp Award Amount: $25,000 - $41,000
The above scholarships range from.udner grad to PhD candidates. Good luck & feel free to contact me.for assistance though my responses may be delayed but I will do my best to guide.
Lastly my team @Legacy_Robotic & @Legacy_4R & I are in need of other professionals in this field who are keen to join my team for research. I need to PhD candidates so please feel free to contact me if you are looking for a position
Lastly Zimbabwe is sadly not technologically advanced & without getting into politics as to why I have been looking at opening a Robotics & A.I Academy in Zimbabwe in 2021 to new the first & the goal is to offer free graduate level degrees to people in impoverished communities
So based on the research I have done & my little knowledge of the Zimbabwean education system I would like to ask if anyone is keen to partner up with me? The funds for the project are available, just need dedicated individuals who can guide me into opening an University
Thank you very much for giving me the time. I will try answer as many questions as possible in the last few hours left
Almost forgot we are looking for a female who has interest in this field 18-20 years old we will grant her a scholarship from @Legacy_Robotic & @Legacy_4R then mentor her. Requirements, good high school grades, exceptional maths pass required.
This is part of our Women's Month Empowerment as my team & I feel there are not enough women in this field. So if you think you love to get into this feel free to send me a DM @BlaqNinja & il share how you could be receiving a full university degree funding
Mentorship & possibly a job with one of my companies. But the entry test is challenging.

Good luck
Once again thank you very much for the platform & the audience. I hope this information helps someone.

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