Harry Potter Sorting Hat or Watson’s Natural Language Classifier? Issue 12: CognitionX Data Science, AI and Machine Learning Briefing

Ray Kurzwei told the the audience of Tune Postback on the weekend “The world isn’t getting worse — our information is getting better.” Not sure if I agree, but that’s not the point. The exciting thing is that ML, AI and Data Science have the potential to make things better.

In today’s briefing we touch on many things discussed at dinner last nights dinner with 18 expert data experts. Please do register to join us at the next event: http://www.cognitionx.com/events

All the best,

Tabitha ‘untilthebotstakeover’ Goldstaub

Dinner Talk

Is information overload getting us down?

26th July 2016
• geekwire.com

Today is the most connected the world has ever been, tomorrow will immediately take that title away. We are living in such a fast-paced world that sometimes it’s worth taking a step back and putting things into perspective a bit.

Have a listen to Ray Kurzwei on “The world isn’t getting worse — our information is getting better”

Hoping you’re having a good week.

Is information overload getting us down?

Chat Bots, yadda yadda yadda

The 5 Chatbots to try this week.

26th July 2016
• venturebeat.com

VentureBeat, as usual getting the Chatbot stories just right. On the menu this week are Chatbots to help you out with your fitness, your mental health and most importantly of course, your Pokémon.

The 5 Chatbots to try this week.

Education, training and advice we rate

Reddit user /u/sentdex shares their comprehensive Machine Learning course. This lesson: Neural Networks. They describe this course as “a stupid simple example of making a neural network in TensorFlow”. So if that’s the kind of thing you are looking for (which we hope you are if you’re reading this briefing) than go and take a look.

Coding Experiments

Which Hogwarts House would you be in?

26th July 2016
• techinsider.io

So apparently Watson is just that good that you can make a functional Harry Potter sorting hat out of it now. This father went home and did just that for his girls, aged 6 and 8. The video in the article is definitely worth a watch. Best. Dad. Ever.

It’s on GitHub now as well if anyone wants to make their own.

Which Hogwarts House would you be in?

Business Impact of AI

You might have missed Drew Breunig article from June 23rd because we didn’t have the newsletter then 🙂 so sharing now.

This brilliant and inspiring open letter about Machine Learning feels like a must read. David takes us on a journey from why ML must not be ignored to the common pitfalls, he then imparts some advice and summaries what’s coming around the corner and what’s needed to win.

Tools of the Trade

Last night at dinner a debated got started about which cloud service to use for Machine Learning.

AWS vs Azure vs Google vs Data Bricks vs SoftLayer vs ??

We are looking to crowd source a comprehensive review but for now here are two links we found useful:

Rightscale – you need to register but we felt this was a good enough pay off to swap details

Butler – short intro’s to the top 10 Machine Learning as a Service Platforms

Contribute to the Briefing yourself

Got something to share?

26th July 2016

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What’s a book?

What can story telling teach us about the future of AI

26th July 2016

Last night at dinner we had a long conversation about AI, story telling, film making and creativity. These are a selection of the books that were recommended to the group. These are not technical books, not focused on machine learning but maybe….give us some insights on how machines might be able to learn if we focus on story telling.

Difficult Men – is the story about success of HBO

Psychology, Folklore, Creativity and the Human Dilemma – the author explores the meaning of folklore and its usefulness in education and psychotherapy.

Everything Bad is Good for You – This is a book about how popular culture is making us smarter

The Hero with a Thousand Faces – combines the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell’s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology.

Please do let us know if you have books to share with the community.

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