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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

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...

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...

Data Science for Marketing Optimization – Case Studies from Airbnb, Lyft, DoorDash

 Originally published in Blogboard Journal, Jan 7, 2021. In this article we’ll look at several case studies of data science being used to optimize marketing efforts at companies like Lyft, Airbnb, Netflix, Doordash, Wolt, Rovio Entertainment. In...

Machine Learning’s Missing Link: Business Leadership

  Machine learning. Your team needs it, your boss demands it, and your career loves it. After all, LinkedIn places it as one of the top few “Skills Companies Need Most” and as the very top emerging...

Guidebook to the Future of Data Science: How to Navigate the Increasingly Symbiotic Dynamic Between Executives and Universities

 Book Review of Closing the Analytics Talent Gap: An Executive’s Guide to Working with Universitiesby Dr. Jennifer Priestley and Dr. Robert McGrath (CRC Press 2021, part of the Data Analytics Applications series, edited by Jay Liebowitz). We...

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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