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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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...
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