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Data Science News from Cyberspace
How Artificial Intelligence Will Make Digital Humans Hollywood’s New Stars Artificial intelligence is coming to Hollywood and is on the verge revolutionizing the industry. Imagine a machine learning a character’s lines, creating and playing digital CGI characters, or generating scripts. This Hollywood Reporter article gives an example of using... Read more
Push Your Analytics Out to Customers
Analytics and big data have penetrated most large organizations by now, and are helping to improve many internal decisions. But they can also have a major impact on the decisions of customers or citizens. This applies not only to decisions about what products to buy, but also to decisions... Read more
Civic Data Wrangling: in R and on data.world
One of the most valuable things I have learned working on Data for Democracy’s Medicare drug spending project has been the value of collaborative tools. It has been my first in-depth experience using Github collaboratively, for one, but it has also introduced me to data.world. data.world is an intuitive way... 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
Why Attend ODSC West 2017
There’s no better place to immerse yourself in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data than ODSC West 2017 taking place in the heart of Silicon Valley. Whole industries are forming around areas in data science, from deep learning and machine learning to conversational AI and autonomous machines. As a result... Read more
Operation Data Liberation
I’ve had the opportunity recently to talk to people in several different city governments that are facing a common challenge — how to liberate operational data from a legacy system. This is a challenge that lots of city governments face, and it strikes me that there are some common lessons that... Read more
Introduction Artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, and neural networks represent incredibly exciting and powerful machine learning-based techniques used to solve many real-world problems. For a primer on machine learning, you may want to read this five-part series that I wrote. While human-like deductive reasoning, inference, and decision-making by a computer is still a long... 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