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Data Isn’t ‘Truth’

May 9th, 2019 at 10:24 am » Comments Off

It has become perhaps the most important guiding principle of today’s world of data science: “data is truth.” The statisticians, programmers and machine learning experts that acquire and analyze the vast oceans of data that power modern society are seen as uncovering undeniable underlying “truths” about human society through the power of unbiased data and […]

How Tech is creating data “cravability,” to make us digitally obese

April 8th, 2019 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

Are you taking in too much information every day? If so, be on the lookout for this potentially dangerous new condition. Obesity and dramatic overweight are a huge global problem, costing an estimated $450 billion per year in the U.S. alone, where more than two-thirds of people are overweight and an estimated 35.7% are considered […]

3 cities in the U.S. have ended chronic homelessness: Here’s how they did it

March 23rd, 2019 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

  Nine more have ended veteran homelessness. It’s part of a national program called Built for Zero that uses a data-based approach to help officials figure out exactly who needs what services. Now it’s accelerating its work in 50 more cities. In late February, the city of Abilene, Texas, made an announcement: It had ended […]

The Achilles’ Heel of AI

March 15th, 2019 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

AI & Big Data Garbage in is garbage out. There’s no saying more true in computer science, and especially is the case with artificial intelligence. Machine learning algorithms are very dependent on accurate, clean, and well-labeled training data to learn from so that they can produce accurate results. If you train your machine learning models […]

No, Data is not the new oil

March 4th, 2019 at 12:52 pm » Comments Off

“Data is the new oil” is one of those deceptively simple mantras for the modern world. Whether in The New York Times, The Economist, or WIRED, the wildcatting nature of oil exploration, plus the extractive exploitation of a trapped asset, seems like an apt metaphor for the boom in monetized data. Antonio García Martínez (@antoniogm) […]

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