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Revisiting Net Neutrality

I wrote on this about three years ago.  As it seems that so-called net neutrality may be reaching the end of the road, at least for the near term, it is worthwhile cutting through the crap to examine what is really going on. 347 more words

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Who Will Thrive in an AI World?

Software engineers, of course, who understand both relevant programming languages and the math behind the algorithms.  That is significantly less than the universe of software engineers in general, but I don’t see even those math-deprived programmers having a big problem, at least in the short term. 342 more words

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Pay for Performance, Mathematics Edition

I’ve always been suspicious of standardized tests that conclude that US students were average or worse in mathematics than others.  My primary issue is that it is very likely that many more US students took these types of comparison tests than in other countries, and while the mean tended to be average, the standard deviation was larger than average, meaning that many did much more poorly, but many also did much better.  97 more words

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Are Engineering and Ethics Orthogonal Concepts?

Let me explain through example.  Facebook has a “fake news” problem.  Users sign up for a free account, then post, well, just about anything.  If it violates Facebook’s rules, the platform generally relies on users to report, although Facebook also has teams of editors and is increasingly using machine learning techniques to try to (emphasis on try) be proactive about flagging content. 446 more words

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Facebook, Fake News and Accounts, and Where Do We Go From Here?

Those of you who read me know that I am no fan of Facebook, for a wide variety of reasons.  I am not a member, and will never be one, even though it may hurt me professionally.  367 more words

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Bias and Truth and AI, Oh My

I was just accepted to speak at the Toronto Machine Learning Summit next month, a circumstance that I never thought might happen.  I am not an academic researcher, after all, and while I have jumped back into machine learning after a hiatus of two decades, many more are fundamentally better at it than me. 282 more words

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In the Clutch

I wrote a little while back about how some people are able to recognize the importance of the right decision or action in a given situation, and respond in a positive fashion.  445 more words

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