Are we adhering to Isaac Asimov’s 3 Laws of Robotics? – Issue 5: CognitionX Data Science, AI and Machine Learning Briefing

What would Isaac Asimov think of 2016? AI teaching AI to be Artificially Intelligent, Chatbots picking up the slack from government officials, Machine Learning making roads safer and spotting depression earlier. Sounds good to me – at least it does today.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the briefings so far (including the double paste of the intro yesterday and the copy littered with spelling mistakes) we need more human feedback as well as data to advance so please do let us know what you think and share with your friends:

All the best,

Tabitha ‘untilthebotstakeover’ Goldstaub

Data Visualisation

For those who aren’t Sci-Fi fans….The Three Laws of Robotics are a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov. The rules were introduced in his 1942 short story “Runaround” and it’s fun to see the tech giants using them to make their own versions

Asimov's laws of Robotics - interpreted by Google and Microsoft

Feed your mind over lunch

Data science, for better or worse, has been touted as a wonder drug, a panacea for everything. Twitter credits data analytics for its meteoric rise, and in it lies its hope for salvation.

Peak inside Twitter's data science team and check out their stack

Ethics questions of the day

Design Ethics for Artificial Intelligence

15th July 2016

Brilliant visually arresting slides from Academy Xi, a good guide for designers when thinking about how to communicate Artificial Intelligence….I’m still pondering a question they pose “do elephants know they are elephants?”

Design Ethics for Artificial Intelligence

Pure unadulterated research

Andrej Karpathy blog post “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Recurrent Neural Networks” was shared by an expert in the community who wanted to share the in depth analysis of Recurrent Neural Networks with all our lovely readers.

We since also found this lovely blog which tells the story of the trials and tribulations of actually trying to teach a machine to write its own code.

Your turn…


Researchers from the University of Southern California have developed a new machine learning tool capable of detecting certain speech-related diagnostic criteria in patients being evaluated for depression. Known as SimSensei, the tool listens to patient’s voices during diagnostic interviews for reductions in vowel expression characteristic of psychological and neurological disorders that may not be sufficiently clear to human interviewers.

Chat Bots, yadda yadda yadda

In partnership with Microsoft, the Infocomm Development Authority will use conversational computing to deliver selected public services under a new initiative called “Conversations As a Platform”.

Article to share with your non data savvy friends

Road Safety: the IoT way

15th July 2016

The Transportation industry and it’s associated costs and societal effects has one of the largest impacts on mankind. Finding even minuscule efficiency can save heaps of money, and more importantly, lives. This Techcrunch article is one to discuss among your friends as it will have a very visible impact in both the short and long terms. Have a look!

Education, training and advice we rate

I know life isn’t as simple as being compartmentalised like this, but it’s good to think where you sit. Do get in touch if you’d like to discuss.

Impact on the Economy

Read Bryce Goodman, Oxford Internet Institute, and Seth Flaxman Department of Statistics, Oxford, summary of the potential impact that the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation will have on the routine use of machine learning algorithms.

Here is Security Magazine’s more business friendly summary

Deal of the Day

Predict your customers’ lifetime value

15th July 2016

Machine Learning-Based Marketing Platform Amplero Raises $8M in Series A Funding

Polling Me, Polling You

Currently the movie Her is winning the polls to be the movie that the CognitionX community believes is the closest resemblance to the future. Still time to cast your vote:

What will life be like in 2066?

CognitionX Events

For anyone who is looking to get into the industry or move up, down or across – these evenings are a great way to learn and share. Come for pizza, beer and leave with some new friends, inspiration and life long support from CognitionX.

For those who can’t make Tuesday’s event, worry not! We have regular events planned throughout the year with a host of fantastic speakers lined up. Get registered here.

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