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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 software developers – who now work with data as much as source code – is changing fundamentally in

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...

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...

Google Just Published 25 Million Free Datasets

 Originally published in Medium, January 23, 2020 Note: Google’s new dataset search tool was publicly released on January 23rd, 2020. Here’s what you need to know about the largest data repository in the world. Google recently released...

Lime Uses Sensor Data to Keep Scooters Off Sidewalks

 Originally published in VentureBeat, January 28, 2020 While the burgeoning urban micromobility movement offers many advantages over traditional transport, the unbridled proliferation of electric bikes and scooters also comes with major downsides — such as cluttered and...

In Coronavirus Response, AI is Becoming a Useful Tool in a Global Outbreak

 Originally published in StatNews, January 29, 2020 Artificial intelligence is not going to stop the new coronavirus or replace the role of expert epidemiologists. But for the first time in a global outbreak, it is becoming a...

Deepfakes Security Risks

  Originally published in KDNuggets, January, 2020. Deepfakes have instilled panic in experts since they first emerged in 2017. Microsoft and Facebook have recently announced a contest to identify deepfakes more efficiently. Deepfakes, videos where a person’s...

Accuracy Fallacy: The Media’s Coverage of AI Is Bogus

  A shorter version of this article was originally published by Scientific American. Headlines about machine learning promise godlike predictive power. Here are four examples: Newsweek: “AI Can Tell If You’re Gay: Artificial Intelligence Predicts Sexuality from...

Uncle Sam Wants Your Deep Neural Networks

   Originally published in NYTimes, June 22, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO — The Department of Homeland Security is turning to data scientists to improve screening techniques at airports. On Thursday, the department, working with Google, introduced a $1.5 million contest to build computer...

Big Data Already Paying Off in Insurance Fraud Detection

 There’s a lot of talk right now about how big data is going to change insurance. Artificial intelligence and prescriptive analytics are definitely coming, and they will definitely change the insurance industry. To get a better idea...

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