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How Image Search Works at Dropbox

 Originally posted in Dropbox.tech, May 11, 2021 Photos are among the most common types of files in Dropbox, but searching for them by filename is even less productive than it is for text-based files.  When you’re looking for that photo from a picnic a few years ago, you surely don’t remember that the filename set

Inside Netflix’s Quest to End Scrolling – How the Company is Working to Solve One of its Biggest Threats: Decision Fatigue.

 Originally published in Vulture, April 28, 2021.  Ten years ago, Netflix got the idea that its app should work more like regular TV. This was early on in its transition from DVD delivery to streaming on demand,...

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...

Moving Beyond “Algorithmic Bias is a Data Problem”

 Originally published in Patterns, April 9, 2021. A surprisingly sticky belief is that a machine learning model merely reflects existing algorithmic bias in the dataset and does not itself contribute to harm. Why, despite clear evidence to the...

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...

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...

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...

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