Google Announces New AI Ethos Following Project Maven Debacle
Google will cease work on the US Defense Department’s Project Maven when its contract expires next year, ending a controversial partnership between the tech giant and the military. The ensuing controversy has captivated data scientists and the public, embroiling the company in the ongoing debate about the ethics of... Read more
“America First” Meets AI: White House Announces Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence
The Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, announced by the White House in May, will bring together leaders from several federal agencies to pursue an “America first” agenda for AI development. “The age of artificial intelligence is here,” said Michael Kratsios, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, “And with it, the... Read more
GDPR: What data scientists and CIOs need to know
Tomorrow, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect in the member states of the European Union, in what may be the most extensive piece of data privacy legislation thus far in the history of data legislation. Aimed at empowering EU citizens with greater control over their digital... Read more
Big Data Can Help Control Population
Now, if we told you that you need not worry about the increasing population, would you be surprised? Well, now that we have big data for population control, the surprise has only begun. An increasing population has a direct effect on the development of any country. Most of the... 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
Prediction in the public sector: Why the government needs predictive analytics
Data can appear lifeless and dull on the surface – especially government data – but the thought of it should actually get you excited. Data is a very interesting and powerful thing. First off, data is exactly the stuff we bother to write down – and for good reason.... Read more
Senate Intelligence Briefing Features AI and Decision Advantage
This month’s senate intelligence meeting is probably the most important two-hour video you should make time to watch this week, especially if you are interested in the intersection between AI, DI, and national security.  Also some important cautions about Internet of Things (IOT) security. Some important quotes: https://youtu.be/7OVVbrTP18g?t=38m41s Admiral... Read more
GDPR and the right to be forgotten
General Data Protection Regulation The European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was adopted in 2016 and becomes enforceable in May of this year. Article 17 mandates a right to erasure, more commonly called the right to be forgotten. A right to be forgotten is tricky. It’s not immediately clear what this... Read more
Building the Government Data Toolkit
We live in a time when people outside of government have better tools to build things with and extract insights from government data than governments themselves. These tools are more plentiful, more powerful, more flexible, and less expensive than pretty much everything government employees currently have at their disposal. Governments may have exiting relationships... Read more
Editor’s Note: Calum will speak on AI at ODSC’s Europe based Summit on Accelerating Businesses with AI this October of 2017. Information can be found at ai.odsc.com/.   I believe the 21st century is the most interesting time to be alive – and the most important.  If humanity survives... Read more
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