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Learnings & Musings on AI, ML, Data Science & Python

The Most Automated Catch, Part 1

I was watching an old episode of Deadliest Catch recently and one of the captains said he’d staff the boat with robots and run it from Seattle if he could. Naturally, that got me thinking… First, could robots crab fish? Most of the process could be automated pretty easily, it’s a lot of repetitive actions. But, they are complicated by … Read More


Kind Of Weird, When I Think About It

While writing my post the other day about tech companies and government contracts for AI., I started to realize how it’s a strange situation. The brands don’t seem to mix with the goals of the contracts. Microsoft is the most normal seeming of the bunch, they are more of a B2B company that has probably been powering government for ages … Read More


Of Tech Companies & Military Contracts 💣

There has been a trend of sorts lately around tech giant employees boycotting their employers’ activities related to military and government contracts within the realm of AI. [1] I get it, none of these people signed up to make weapons. This is putting aside the fact that not all of the activities that have been boycotted were direct weapons projects. … Read More


US Government Opens the Kimono 🔓

Merry Christmas data nerds! 🎁 Congress has passed the OPEN Government Data Act, which should mean a bunch of new, shiny data to play with. And in a sector that could definitely benefit from what data analysis and machine learning could bring to bear. 📜 Find more datasets here. Src: E Pluribus Unum


FB NLP 💬

Facebook has open sourced their PyTorch based Natural Language Processing modeling framework. According to them it: 👇 blurs the boundaries between experimentation and large-scale deployment. Looking forward to trying this out. 🤓 Src: Facebook


Recognition Champion

So China is really, really good at facial recognition algortihms. Like best in the world good. I wonder what they might use this for? 🤔 Maybe something like this: China’s Social Submission, er…Scoring System SenseTime is Watching They’re Making a List, And Checking it Lots Facial Rec Tech Mess Src: XinhuaNet


The Way You Walk

Move over facial recognition, there’s a new camera-based identification technology on the scene. Welcome gait recognition. 🚶‍♂️ Chinese company Watrix can now identify and track people based on the way they walk. So just walk like Monty Python all the time? Nope, won’t do the trick. 🙅‍♂️ According to Haung Yongzhen, the CEO of Watrix: “You don’t need people’s cooperation for … Read More


Wu-Tang Was Right

Cash does rules everything around us. 💰 There seems to be a trend amongst Chinese tech companies to deflect when asked about what societal implications their tech could have by shrugging and talking dollar signs. 💲💲💲 Exhibit A: “We’re not really thinking very far ahead, you know, whether we’re having some conflicts with humans, those kinds of things,” [SenseTime co-founder … Read More


Data Sets Get Lawyered👩‍⚖️

The LawyerBot 3000 might soon be a reality thanks to Harvard. They have digitized over 6 million cases to aid in the development of AI systems for the legal sector. So fire up your NLP and get ready to object! ⚖️ Src: Caselaw Access Project


SenseTime is Watching 👀

Computer vision is the engine behind China’s Panopticon, and SenseTime is the engine behind many of these computer vision capabilities. And a lot of what they have developed has a dystopian feel to it with hidden cameras scanning faces and more and triggering the appropriate actions via AI. 📹 “That’s really how they see future interactions,” says Jean-François Gagné, who … Read More