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Hot Video: The Accuracy Fallacy – Bogus Machine Learning Results

 Check out this topical video from Predictive Analytics World founder Eric Siegel: Can AI “tell” if you’re gay? When machine learning practitioners claim their model achieves “high accuracy,” it’s often bogus. This video reveals the undeniable yet common “accuracy fallacy”. About the Author Eric Siegel, Ph.D., is a leading consultant and former Columbia University professor who

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...

Combatting Fraud: AI and CB (Chatbots) to the Rescue

 Have you ever looked at your credit card statement, and wondered what a particular charge was all about? “Hey, I didn’t buy that?”, is a common reaction. Or, how about that text message alerting you to some...

Explainable Machine Learning, Model Transparency, and the Right to Explanation

 Check out this topical video from Predictive Analytics World founder Eric Siegel: A computer can keep you in jail, or deny you a job, a loan, insurance coverage, or housing – and yet you cannot face your...

An AI is Training Counselors to Deal with Teens in Crisis

 Originally published in MIT Technology Review, Feb 26, 2021. Counselors volunteering at the Trevor Project need to be prepared for their first conversation with an LGBTQ teen who may be thinking about suicide. So first, they practice....

Institutionalizing Ethics in AI Through Broader Impact Requirements

 Originally published in Nature Machine Intelligence, Feb, 2021. Turning principles into practice is one of the most pressing challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) governance. In this Perspective, we reflect on a governance initiative by one of the...

Facebook Is Considering Facial Recognition For Its Upcoming Smart Glasses

 Originally published in BuzzFeed News, Feb 25, 2021. Facebook Vice President Andrew Bosworth told employees that the company is evaluating the legal and privacy issues around facial recognition for its upcoming wearable gadget. Facebook is discussing building...

Surge Pricing, Artificial Intelligence, and Responsibility

 On my first work trip to Jakarta 14 January 2016 for Grab, multiple terrorist bombs exploded a couple of miles from the GrabBike office where I had just arrived. People were fleeing cafes and restaurants around the attack site. My...

Gradient Descent Models Are Kernel Machines (Deep Learning)

 Originally published in infoproc.blogspot.com, Feb 7, 2021. This paper shows that models which result from gradient descent training (e.g., deep neural nets) can be expressed as a weighted sum of similarity functions (kernels) which measure the similarity...

Worried About Your Firm’s AI Ethics? These Startups Are Here to Help.

 Originally published in MIT Technology Review, Jan 15, 2021. A growing ecosystem of “responsible AI” ventures promise to help organizations monitor and fix their AI models. Rumman Chowdhury’s job used to involve a lot of translation. As...

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