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AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology

 Originally published in Wired.com, March 15, 2020. At its core, “artificial intelligence” is a perilous belief that fails to recognize the agency of humans. A leading anxiety in both the technology and foreign policy worlds today is China’s purported edge in the artificial intelligence race. The usual narrative goes like this: Without the constraints on

Exploring Gender Imbalance in AI: Numbers, Trends, and Discussions

 Originally pubished in Medium, March 13, 2020 March is Women’s History Month in the US, the UK and Australia, a time to honour women’s sometimes underrated contributions to society. According to the US National Women’s History Museum,...

How AI Could Help Translate the Written Language of Ancient Civilizations

 Originally published in University of Chicago News, March 11, 2020 OI, Computer Science scholars collaborate on program to read cuneiform tablets. Twenty-five centuries ago, the “paperwork” of Persia’s Achaemenid Empire was recorded on clay tablets—tens of thousands...

The 5 Classification Evaluation Metrics Every Data Scientist Must Know. And when Exactly to Use Them?

 Originally pubished in Medium, Sept 17, 2019. What do we want to optimize for? Most of the businesses fail to answer this simple question. Every business problem is a little different, and it should be optimized differently....

Is What You Did Ethical? Helping Students in Computational Disciplines to Think About Ethics

 In addition to this article, Dr. Priestley will also present on this topic at Predictive Analytics World for Business in Las Vegas, May 31-June 4, 2020. For details about her session, “How Leading Enterprises Leverage Universities to...

The New Business of AI (and How It’s Different From Traditional Software)

 Originally published in a16z.com February 16, 2020 At a technical level, artificial intelligence seems to be the future of software. AI is showing remarkable progress on a range of difficult computer science problems, and the job of...

Is Machine Learning Always The Right Choice?

 Since this article will probably come out during Income tax season, let me start with the following example: Suppose we would like to build a program that calculates income tax for people. According to US federal income...

Remember FindFace? The Russian Facial Recognition Company Just Turned On A Massive, Multimillion-Dollar Moscow Surveillance System

  Originally published in Forbes.com, January 29, 2020 Built on several tens of thousands of cameras and what’s claimed to be one of the most advanced facial recognition systems on the planet, Moscow has been quietly switching...

An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus

 Originally published in Wired.com, January 25, 2020 The BlueDot algorithm scours news reports and airline ticketing data to predict the spread of diseases like those linked to the flu outbreak in China. On January 9, the World...

How to Hire a Data Scientist

 Now that artificial intelligence and machine learning have become increasingly common tools in a business’ arsenal, it is equally important to have employees who are capable of using – or developing – such tools. Chief among them...

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