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Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines
(An alternate version of this article was originally published in the Boston Globe) On December 2nd, 1942, a team of scientists led by Enrico Fermi came back from lunch and watched as humanity created the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction inside a pile of bricks and wood underneath a football field... Read more
The normalcy of online learning: the more you study, the better you do
Online learning, after all, is just a form of learning: time spent studying is one of the best predictors of success. Both the pattern (and the exceptions) can be seen quite clearly on the Open University Learning Analytics dataset, which collects anonymized data about the personal characteristics and, crucially, interactions with... Read more
What’s the difference between data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence?
When I introduce myself as a data scientist, I often get questions like “What’s the difference between that and machine learning?” or “Does that mean you work on artificial intelligence?” I’ve responded enough times that my answer easily qualifies for my “rule of three”: When you’ve written the same... 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
Deep(ly) Unsettling: The ubiquitous, unspoken business model of AI-induced mental illness
“The junk merchant,” wrote William S. Burroughs, “doesn’t sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to his product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise. He degrades and simplifies the client.” He might as well have been describing the commercial, AI-mediated, social-network-driven internet. The emotionally... Read more
Which customers are more likely to respond to banks’ marketing campaigns?
A quick demonstration on business consulting with data science Audience The intended audience for this blog post is marketers who have read the earlier post on 5-step data science consulting framework, and are keen to learn more about the actual implementation of such projects. We will be using the caret package in R as a... Read more
This is the second post in a two-part series that discusses healthcare predictive and propensity modeling and selecting the optimal analytics partner to support your growth and engagement efforts. The first post in this series shares five best practices in healthcare propensity modeling. In our last post, we talked about big... Read more
Are You Ready to Have a Robot as Your Boss?
Artificial intelligence (AI) and robots have slowly but steadily made their way into a variety of industries spanning fast food to the financial sectors. This expansion is projected to continue and is forecasted to replace a considerable amount of jobs. A Forrester report notes that AI can replace as many as... Read more
Top 4 Data Science Trends to Watch in 2018
As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time to look forward at what’s ahead in the wide world of data science. While last year was the year that the idea of deep learning really began to make its way into the mainstream, the coming year will be about how to make... Read more
Successfully Transitioning your Team from Data Warehousing to Big Data
You are planning to complement your traditional data warehouse architecture with big data technologies. Now what? Should you upskill your existing data warehouse team? Or do Big Data technologies require a completely different set of skills? What do we mean by big data technologies anyway? For the purpose of... Read more