Issue 102: CognitionX Data Science, AI and Machine Learning Briefing

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If you too can’t be in Helsinki, for the Slush conference watch live with me online. Slush is a student-driven, non-profit movement originally founded to change attitudes toward entrepreneurship and can now boast some of the best CEOs in tech on their stage these next two days.


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Automated deep learning algorithm beats manual grading by ophthalmologists for identifying diabetic retinopathy in retinal fundus photographs

Read the paper from Google Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Development and Validation of a Deep Learning Algorithm for Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy in Retinal Fundus Photographs

NB: This is the first time a paper about deep learning has appeared in the JAM, according to the journal’s editor-in-chief, Howard Bauchner.

Education and advice we rate 

From Good To Great: A Top 10 List For Becoming A 10x Data Scientist

Yael Garten, Director of Data Science at LinkedIn, shared the following list of behaviors and qualities that distinguishes exceptional data scientists from the average performers. My favourite being “Request context and envision the answer before you start the work.”

Bussiness Impact

Applying Computational Linguistics to help Lawyers

Gary Sangha CEO and founder of Lit IQ, talks to Techmergence about applying machine learning and computational linguistics to legal documents to help lawyers avoid making drafting mistakes. In this episode, Sangha talks about where this type of software is most useful and legitimate, what the legal landscape in relationship to machine learning may look like in the next few years, and how this technology may apply across industries.

Tools of the trade

MXNet – Deep Learning Framework of Choice at AWS

MXNet is a fully featured, flexibly programmable, and ultra-scalable deep learning framework supporting state of the art in deep learning models, including convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and long short-term memory networks (LSTMs). MXNet has its roots in academia and came about through the collaboration and contributions of researchers at several top universities. Founding institutions include the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University.


Be skeptical. Especially about your own beliefs, and about the beliefs of the people around you.

Christian Machens is a Principal Investigator at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in search for the key to crack the code of how the brain works…from behind a computer. Together with his team, he has been looking at populations of hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of neurons, trying to understand their organization and function, and how the joint activity of these large ensembles of cells contribute to behavior. This article is golden

Future of Finance

Mastercard Rolls out Artificial Intelligence across Its Global Network

Mastercard today introduced Decision Intelligence, a comprehensive decision and fraud detection service. The solution uses artificial intelligence technology to help financial institutions increase the accuracy of real-time approvals of genuine transactions and reduce false declines.

Always be searching

Today, AI still needs a Pygmalion – Google’s hand fed AI now gives answers not just search results

Google answers these questions with the help from deep neural networks, a form of artificial intelligence rapidly remaking not just Google’s search engine but the entire company. This Wired article reviews how this change is changing Google.

Chatbots Yadda yadda ya

Quartz Launches New Studio To Experiment With AI Bots

Bolstered by a $240,000 investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Quartz Bot Studio will experiment with emerging AI technologies to “advance the field of journalism” and “enhance the news experience.”

Privacy and Security

You can now delete (almost) all trace of yourself from the web at the click of a button

It is possible to go through and manually remove yourself from sites but this can be a time-consuming task. Swedish website allows people to erase their online footprint with the click of a button.

CognitionX Events

If the above appeals to you, come along to our event on the 7th of December: Challenges of Security & Privacy in a Data Driven World

Jon Crowcroft the Marconi Professor will be discussing what we should be doing to protect ourselves, our organisations and our community with the steady rise of data privacy concerns.

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