Smarthings’ Platform Downtime as an Example for IoT Education
In mid March, SmartThings, the Samsung-owned intelligent devices (IoT) platform, briefly experienced downtime that affected countless customer accounts and products. Households with SmartThings devices were not able to operate their locks, lights, garage doors, and more, turning these so-called “smart” devices into nothing more than “dumb” appliances. Quick and... Read more
Google Analytics is Now Halfway GDPR Compliant!
Google has rolled out some major product updates to ensure GDPR compliance. The most important takeaways are that Google has introduced new granular data retention controls, updated their legal language to be compliant, and has not released a user deletion tool. Open Data Science considers this an important GDPR... Read more
Applying Machine Learning to SEC Filings to find Anomalous Companies
Contemporary machine learning algorithms are well-suited to the complex, high-dimensional data associated with accounting records. In this short note we apply a simple unsupervised algorithm to find anomalous companies — those with accounting metrics that don’t match the statistical patterns implied by the bulk of the companies. To do this we... Read more
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, testified before the United States Congress yesterday about Facebook’s response to the Cambridge Analytics data scandal.   In a nutshell: Zuck performed better than expected by calmly answering all questions and effectively advocating for Facebook; he repeated, “We do not sell data to advertisers,”... Read more
The Compression of the Hype Cycle
I spend a lot of time thinking about hype cycles, across industries (Big Data/AI, IoT) and ecosystems (New York). Whether you use the Carlota Perez surge cycle (see this great Fred Wilson post) or the Gartner version, hype cycles convey the fundamental idea that technology markets don’t develop linearly, but instead go through phases... Read more
How an AI Winter Could Be Good for Data Science
The term “Artificial Intelligence” has been making regular appearances in the headlines of the mainstream media lately, often with stories about robots being “better at reading than humans,” or researchers panicking after bots start communicating in their own language. But even more recently we’ve been seeing articles that question... Read more
Using Artificial Intelligence to Understand Brands
Artificial Intelligence techniques behind automated translation and other NLP (Natural Language Processing) applications doesn’t just work at the level of words and phrases, but give us quantitative data about the meaning people assign to different concepts, including brands. We can then measure relationships between different brands in a space, understanding what... Read more
The Growing Role of AI and ML in Data Security
AI and ML in data security act as a blessing for businesses of all sizes, ensuring information security from any external threats. Artificial intelligence or AI is a technology that focuses on making intelligent machines that can assist and automate processes. AI tries to make software think like how... Read more
A landmark paper appeared last December in the National Science Review (summary).  It describes the complex interdependencies between climate, consumption, population, demographics, inequality, economic growth, migration, and more.  Written by an interdisciplinary team of 20 authors hailing from organizations worldwide including NASA, Johns Hopkins, and more, the paper explains that it... Read more
Big Data is comforting senior citizens
Senior citizens are considered as the roots of a family; their health is considered is a prime concern for everybody. Technology has proved its worth in the healthcare industry and big data for senior citizens is just another spectacular application where technology focuses on human well-being. Big data’s ability... Read more