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How young people consume news, how one news site is trying to educate its commenters, and what words should exist at all.Read more »
The value of keeping humans in the loop, the emerging physics of evolution, and a novel theory that aliens might already be here.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
Programmable money, AI photography, the impact of ImageNet, the Auto Public Offering, and the paradox of historical knowledge.Read more »
AI and humanity continue to compete and cooperate, which makes sense considering that we’re all just complex complexes of algorithms searching for meaning.Read more »
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.Read more »
AI is developing its own language as it learns how to learn.Read more »
AI has superhuman advantages (and a few not-so-super human biases, too).Read more »
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.Read more »
AI machine learning, multiscale information and building platforms for practical applications of big data and big compute (AI).Read more »
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.Read more »
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…Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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