Spooky Neural Network Behavior

Spooky Neural Network Behavior

Computers have been able to match or surpass humans at many tasks that we consider intelligent for quite some time (e.g. chess). However, for much of the time since Deep Blue (aka “AI Winter”) even something as supposedly simple as object recognition remained elusive. Now, in the age of large...
Predicting Recidivism: a Case Study for Biased Algorithms

Predicting Recidivism: a Case Study for Biased Algorithms

If you are arrested and charged with a crime, you generally experience the following sequence of events: A grand jury decides whether there is sufficient evidence for a trial. A judge decides whether you can be out on bail while awaiting a trial. If the punishment is sufficiently severe, a...
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Brainy Breakdown: 10/20/17

Brainy Breakdown: 10/20/17

The week in links, according to Brainy: Pop Quiz!  Grad school or grade school? The folly of AI predictions How computers will *actually* destroy the world Maybe academic conferences are for more than research?
Brainy Breakdown 10/13/17

Brainy Breakdown 10/13/17

Deadlines in AI, for those who are interested. Debate on the notion of priors (i.e. domain-specific machinery) in AI The AlphaGo documentary is out, and is getting people thinking about superhuman AI. More on the AI “Gaydar”. It’s important to remember that there are many confounding factors in the data set they used, and the...
Brainy Breakdown: 10/06/17

Brainy Breakdown: 10/06/17

Glad to see that someone has called this paper on predicting sexual orientation out on its BS. Think before you even try an experiment like this, people. You can read the authors’ defense here. Geoff Hinton weighs in on backpropagation and how deep learning is related to the brain. See our series on this here....