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Why Schools Need to Abandon Facial Recognition, Not Double Down On It

 Originally published in Fast Company, July 23, 2021. With the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions and the end of summer quickly approaching, schools are preparing to welcome students back into their classrooms for in-person learning. With that transition comes the return of a troubling trend in education—the monitoring of students through facial recognition systems, as well

Elon Musk Just Now Realizing That Self-Driving Cars are a ‘Hard Problem’

 Originally published in The Verge, July 5, 2021: Tesla CEO Elon Musk is finally admitting that he underestimated how difficult it is to develop a safe and reliable self-driving car. To which the entire engineering community rose...

Tencent Uses Facial Recognition to Ban Kids Gaming Past Bedtime

 Originally published in Bloomberg, July 8, 2021. In the latest bid to curb video-game addiction in China, tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. has launched a facial recognition system to stop minors gaming into the night. The initiative will prevent...

GitHub and OpenAI Launch a New AI Tool That Generates its Own Code

 Originally published in The Verge, June 29, 2021. GitHub and OpenAI have launched a technical preview of a new AI tool called Copilot, which lives inside the Visual Studio Code editor and autocompletes code snippets. Copilot does more...

Do Wide and Deep Networks Learn the Same Things?

 Originally published in Google AI Blog, May 4, 2021. A common practice to improve a neural network’s performance and tailor it to available computational resources is to adjust the architecture depth and width. Indeed, popular families of neural...

Clustergam: Visualisation of Cluster Analysis

 Originally published in MARTIN FLEISCHMANN, April 27, 2021. When we want to do some cluster analysis to identify groups in our data, we often use algorithms like K-Means, which require the specification of a number of clusters....

Aiming for truth, fairness, and equity in your company’s use of AI

 Originally published in FTC, April 19, 2021: Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technology promise to revolutionize our approach to medicine, finance, business operations, media, and more. But research has highlighted how apparently “neutral” technology can produce troubling...

Hot Video: More Accuracy Fallacies – Predicting Criminality and Psychosis

 Check out this topical video from Predictive Analytics World founder Eric Siegel: Can AI “tell” if you’re a criminal? Or whether you’ll develop psychosis? These are perfect examples of the accuracy fallacy, which misleads the public into...

The Precondition for Machine Learning Success: Bridge the Quant/Business Culture Gap

  Over the last few years, I poured thousands of working hours and 25 years of consulting and teaching experience into making the online course Machine Learning Leadership and Practice – End-to-End Mastery. Why? I developed this...

Can Artificial Intelligence Combat Wildfires? Sonoma County Tests New Technology

 Originally published in Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2021. Sonoma County is adding artificial intelligence to its wildfire-fighting arsenal. The county has entered into an agreement with the South Korean firm Alchera to outfit its network of...

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