Actuaries are bringing Netflix-like predictive modeling to health care
I’m an actuary. That means I use numbers to try to understand human behavior, manage risk, and evaluate the likelihood that a particular thing will happen in the future. Most people associate my work with green eyeshades and the morbid business of predicting how long someone is likely to... Read more
How to Get Executive-Level Support for Business Analysis
It probably goes without saying that PMI’s foundational standard on business analysis has an obvious audience—those who actually do business analysis as part of their everyday job. It’s pretty unlikely executives or CIOs are going to pick it up for some light reading. That’s why I wanted to use this post... Read more
How AI Is Changing Retail Banking
With technological advancement, artificial intelligence is set to touch and modify the financial sector, specifically retail banking in many different ways. It’s still the beginning stages of AI adoption for most banks. A Narrative Science survey highlighted that 32 percent of financial executive participants utilize AI technology, such as voice recognition... Read more
Are Connected Cars Immune to DDoS Attacks?
Imagine if thousands of people started calling your phone at the same time, preventing you from receiving calls from your friends and relatives. No one’s actually hacked your phone. But you can’t get any calls just the same. That’s essentially what happens in a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)... 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
How to implement internal chatbots for team productivity & transparency
Other than customer-facing chatbots, internal-facing chatbots can be vital in increasing productivity and improving culture too In the recent hype about chatbots, most media and businesses focus on commerce and other customer-facing/external uses for chatbots. However, another really useful and interesting area where chatbots really shine is within the team, where it... Read more
Hype or Not? Some Perspective on OpenAI’s DotA 2 Bot
See the Hacker News Discussion for additional context. Update (August 17th, 2017): OpenAI has published a blog post with more details about the bot. Almost everything of the post below still holds true, however. OpenAI’s post is sparse on technical details as they “not ready to talk about agent... Read more
How AI will impact the Legal profession
If you have recently received a parking ticket, you can use the services of a robot lawyer to help. The robot lawyer asks as series of questions like where the ticket was issued, a description of what happened and within a few minutes, you can have a 500-word letter to send... 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
How to make a racist AI without really trying
A cautionary tutorial. Perhaps you heard about Tay, Microsoft’s experimental Twitter chat-bot, and how within a day it became so offensive that Microsoft had to shut it down and never speak of it again. And you assumed that you would never make such a thing, because you’re not doing... Read more