Posts by: Neville Crawley

Youth, Immutable Content, and the Secondhand Scoop

Author: Neville Crawley GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Date: September 20, 2017
Category: Rabbit Hole
Tags: AI, blockchain, fiat news, influencers

How young people consume news, how one news site is trying to educate its commenters, and what words should exist at all.

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A Taxonomy of Humans, Evolution and Aliens

Author: Neville Crawley GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Date: September 13, 2017
Category: Rabbit Hole
Tags: AI, evolution, Netflix, Twitter, Aliens, China

The value of keeping humans in the loop, the emerging physics of evolution, and a novel theory that aliens might already be here.

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Revenge of the Humans, Emojis & Mushrooms

Author: Neville Crawley GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Date: August 22, 2017
Category: Rabbit Hole
Tags: AI, portfolio management, quants, emojis, VR, mushrooms

In which Neville muses on the future of portfolio management, the emotional context of emojis, the supposed rise of econometricians and the efficacy of a mushroom app.

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Data Access Battles, Creative Thinking & Full Script AI

Author: Neville Crawley GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Date: August 15, 2017
Category: Rabbit Hole
Tags: AI, algorithms, Facebook, Yuval Noah Harari, cuneiform, Maryam Mirzakhani, math, Claude Shannon, Bell Labs, bots, data access

A couple of weeks back I shared a link to the story of ImageNet and the importance of data to developing algorithms. Ars Technica reports on two ‘at the coalface’ battles over data access with HiQ and Power Ventures fighting with LinkedIn and Facebook over data access. I’m not advocating a position on this but, to be sure, small — and currently obscure — court cases like these will, cumulatively, end up setting the precedents which will have a significant impact on the evolution and ownership of powerful algorithms that are increasingly driving behavior and economics.

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AI BS Detectors & the Origins of Life

Author: Neville Crawley GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Date: August 8, 2017
Category: Rabbit Hole
Tags: AI, artificial intelligence, algorithms, NLP, MIT, DARPA, social science, behavioral science, Claude Berrou, neuroscience, information theory, graph theory, brain, cortex, thermodynamics, Quanta, Simons Foundation, Jim Simons, Renaissance Technologies, origins of life, game theory, Nicky Case

In this week’s installment of the Rabbit Hole, Neville covers DARPA’s desire to build a BS detector for science, Claude Berrou on turbo codes and informational neuroscience, thermodynamics and the origins of life, and a new game theory simulator that explores how trust develops in societies.

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Programmable Money & Auto Public Offerings

Author: Neville Crawley GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Date: August 1, 2017
Category: Rabbit Hole
Tags: AI, blockchain, cryptocurrency, ImageNet, data, Goldman, Bill Gates, Yuval Noah Harari

Programmable money, AI photography, the impact of ImageNet, the Auto Public Offering, and the paradox of historical knowledge.

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Algorithmic Complexes, Alpha Male Brains, and Winnie the Pooh

Author: Neville Crawley GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Date: July 19, 2017
Category: Rabbit Hole
Tags: big compute, AI, hedge funds, algorithms, machine learning, Taleb, evolution, fund of funds, ALIS, Winnie the Pooh, Douglas Hofstadter, Noah Harari, EFF, Mighty Mouse

AI and humanity continue to compete and cooperate, which makes sense considering that we’re all just complex complexes of algorithms searching for meaning.

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One Model to Learn Them All and AI Is/Isn’t Taking Over the World

Author: Neville Crawley GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Date: July 14, 2017
Category: Rabbit Hole
Tags: artificial interlligence, learning model, global economy, autonomous learning investment strategies

As artificial intelligence technology evolves, there are two lines of thought: AI is either just about to take over the world or is embryonic and trivial in its achievements to date.

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Quantum Supremacy, Correlating Unemployment, and Buddhists with Attitude

Author: Neville Crawley GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Date: June 7, 2017
Category: Rabbit Hole
Tags: big compute, quantum computing, NLP, big data, machine learning, Taleb

In which we discuss dominant AI approaches, the correlation between pr0n searches and unemployment, using verbal behaviors to predict company performance, and antifragile machine learning.

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Complex Systems, Multiscale Information and Strange Loops

Author: Neville Crawley GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Date: May 31, 2017
Category: Rabbit Hole
Tags: Google, big data, machine learning, multiscale information theory, AutoML, MIT, one-shot imitation, OpenAI, Elon Musk, Two Sigma, strange loops

AI machine learning, multiscale information and building platforms for practical applications of big data and big compute (AI).

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She Screams, He Kidnaps

Author: Neville Crawley GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Date: May 24, 2017
Category: Rabbit Hole
Tags: Silicon Valley, data science, biases, language, memory, NIPS, deep learning, machine learning

Previously I shared some research on how recollections of successive events physically entangle each other when brain cells store them. As a fascinating and different approach to studying memory, in this paper a group of European researchers used Wikipedia page views of aircraft crashes to study memory.

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Mo’ Compute Mo’ Problems

Author: Neville Crawley GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Date: May 16, 2017
Category: Rabbit Hole
Tags: big compute, AI, big data, automation, autonomy, Kevin Kelly, intelligence, Silicon Valley

Unsurprisingly, we humans are pretty competent creatures within the domains we have contrived (such as finance) and spent decades practicing. So it is, generally, still hard (and expensive) in 2017 to quickly build a machine which is consistently better at even a thin, discrete sliver of a complex, human-contrived domain…

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Future Flash Crashes, Digital Darwinism & the Resurgence of Hardware

Author: Neville Crawley GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Date: May 4, 2017
Category: Rabbit Hole
Tags: technology, big compute, AI

Remember a few years back when a bogus AP tweet instantly wiped $100bn off the US markets? In April 2013 the Associated Press’ Twitter account was compromised by hackers who tweeted “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” The tweet was quickly confirmed to be an alternative fact (as we say in 2017), but not before the Dow dropped 145 points (1%) in two minutes.

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Alibaba’s AI, JP Morgan’s Risky Language & the Nurture of Reality

Author: Neville Crawley GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Date: April 26, 2017
Category: Rabbit Hole
Tags: big compute, AI, algorithms, video games, Alibaba, StarCraft, Facebook, Google, DeepMind, NLP, STEM, memories, physics, Chögyam Trungpa

AI has moved one step closer to mastering the classic video game StarCraft. Google, Facebook and now Alibaba have been working on AI StarCraft players, and last week a team from China’s Alibaba published a paper describing a system that learned to execute a number of strategies employed by high-level players without being given any specific instruction on how best to manage combat.

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AI Hedge Funds, Corporate Inequality & Microdosing LSD

Author: Neville Crawley GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Date: April 18, 2017
Category: Rabbit Hole
Tags: technology, big compute, AI, artificial intelligence, hedge funds, algorithms, quantum computing, Julia, income inequality, HBR, talent

Allow me to reintroduce Neville Crawley.

Neville Crawley is not only an Epsilon Theory fellow traveler and recent podcast guest, he’s also a brilliant technologist. As part of the ET 2.0 expanded sandbox, I’ve asked Neville to write a weekly-ish “Down the Rabbit Hole” column with his observations on what he calls Big Compute, I call non-human intelligences, and the rest of the world calls AI. This is the biggest revolution in markets and the world today.

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