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...
On Biology, Diversity, and Tech

On Biology, Diversity, and Tech

In response to ongoing diversity initiatives at Google, an employee has released a manifesto detailing why these initiatives are misguided and potentially harmful.  Since he seemed primarily concerned about women, and I am a woman in tech, I feel a need to respond.   The author opens by saying that...
Reproducibility: an Issue of Exploration vs Confirmation

Reproducibility: an Issue of Exploration vs Confirmation

Much has been made of the reproducibility crisis in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. There are many partial culprits: small sample size, subjects tending to come from a single weird demographic, convoluted processing pipelines, and a phenomenon that goes by several names: P hacking or Data Dredging Circular Analysis or Double...
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Brainy Breakdown: 08/11/2017

Brainy Breakdown: 08/11/2017

My favorite response to the Google manifesto guy. Speaking of believing things that aren’t true, apparently many neuroscientists believe in neuromyths. Richard Dawkins on the reproducibility crisis in the biological sciences, among other things.
Brainy Breakdown: 8/5/2017

Brainy Breakdown: 8/5/2017

Mentorship training is a great idea. (See this post for a discussion of why) An outsider gives “advice” to the AI community Related: advice for journalists trying to write about AI Sick burn
Brainy Breakdown: 7/28/2017

Brainy Breakdown: 7/28/2017

Forget team Zuckerberg or team Musk, in the AI debate, I’m on team Ng. An argument against lowering the standard p value threshold. Neuroscience needs behavior. Very similar to our take on this paper. Another in the never-ending series of neural networks generating quotidien things. Neuroskeptic fools predatory journals with the science of midi-chlorians. Lol...