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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 datasets and GPUs, deep networks,...
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 jury decides whether there is...
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 he’s pro-diversity, but then makes...