Mensing.AI


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

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


Google Wages War on Gender

Ok, not really. But I can imagine that being a headline of some inflammatory “news” article. 🗞️ They’re working to remove implicit, societal gender bias from machine translations in Google Translate by changing the underlying architecture of the machine learning model they use. Basically, the model now produces a masculine and feminine version and then determines which is most likely … Read More


They’re Making a List, And Checking it Lots 📇

Oh yay, China is exporting its panopticon. 🤐 First up? Venezuela. The land of oil, soaring inflation, an imploding economy, and a leader that’s super into overt political intimidation. 🔨 It can’t be that bad, right? 🤷 “What we saw in China changed everything,” said the member of the Venezuelan delegation, technical advisor Anthony Daquin. His initial amazement, he said, … Read More


Listen Up : Digital Immortality ♾️

What do you do if you and your loved one want to be together forever? You work on recreating yourselves as robot clones that aren’t subject to these finicky flesh bags we call bodies. This podcast doesn’t focus on the tech end of this story, but it includes some interesting interactions with and overviews of the work. 🤖 I have … Read More