Issue 70: CognitionX Data Science, AI and Machine Learning Briefing

The office is a buzz with discussion about the Adam Curtis film Hypernormalisation which aired last night on BBC iPlayer.

In short, “Our world is strange and often fake and corrupt. But we think it’s normal because we can’t see anything else because of the algorithms driving everything. This film is the story of how we got here.”

If you haven’t watched it yet, I suggest you do and in the meantime you can see the short film he made for Vice.

Tabitha UntilTheBotsTakeover Goldstaub

Feed your mind over lunch
What is the current state of of Artificial Intelligence?

Watch the video from the World Economic Forum in Davos last week.

Ethics Questions Of The Day
There is a blindspot in AI research

AI will not necessarily be worse than human-operated systems at making predictions and guiding decisions. This article by Kate Crawford& Ryan Calo looks at bias and how this can be avoided, discussing the three dominant modes – compliance, ‘values in design’ and thought experiments.

Data Visitation 
67 Startups making your home smarter

For today’s CB insights fix – this infographic shows the extent to which AI is in the home.

Robots Taking Humans Jobs
No Work Today

Ryan Avent the author of The Wealth of Humans writes this great piece in the guardian about the treds of – automation, globalisation and the rising productivity of a highly skilled few which could lead to a life (for many) without work

Chatbots yadda yadda
Should I make a chatbot of a better FAQ?
This blog by Simply Statistics questions whether companies really have a big enough training set to make a chatbot worth it?

Baidu launches medical chatbot to help Chinese doctors diagnoses patients
The company cites statistics from the World Health Organization that the world faces a deficit of some 13 million doctors and health care professionals over the next 20 years. Baidu’s hope is that their medical AI won’t supplant doctors, but just encourage more active health care.

Soft robots mimic human muscles

EPFL’s Reconfigurable Robotics Lab are developing soft robots, made of elastomers like silicon and rubber and are designed to behave like human muscles. Researchers recently published a predictive model capable of precisely controlling the mechanical behaviour of the robot’s various modules

Founding Mothers of Silicon Valley

Too often women are involved in significant events, but their stories go untold. Jessi Hempel tells the stories of seven technologists that kicked off the computer revolution and the women who made them happen.

Article to share with your less data savvy friends
DeepMind built a computer that learns how to remember

Motherboard (Vice magazine Tech publication) very simply explains DeepMinds new paper on the Differential Neural Computer

Education, training and advice we rate
Context, Language and Reasoning in AI: 3 Key challenges

MIT Tech Review explores the next phase in the AI revolution and calls for advances in how the technology addresses and processes data from the non-vision world.

Business Impact of AI
Where should the data scientist sit within the organisation?

– 30% of the Data Scientists interviewed work in a department located within a line of business (e.g. Marketing, Operations, Finance and R&D)
– 26% of Data Scientists work in an independent department, specific for the Data Science’s activities
– 15% are working within the IT department
– 21% are working as an external consultant.

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