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

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

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

Deepfake Detector 🔦

Detecting deepfakes is a problem garnering a lot of interest and effort in an ever upward-ratcheting race between the fakers and the breakers. A new approach being taken by at least two startups is to verify and record an image or video at the moment of creation to benchmark future versions against. 📸 This is probably the best method to … Read More

Ghosts as Ethical Proxies 👻

Proof that the data used to train systems can impact the ethical fallout of their performance. And potentially the beginning of us getting a look under-the-hood at these still mysterious systems. I am interested to see how this approach will be applied to non-toy scenarios. 📡 Src: Fast Company

Hey, Who’s Driving that Trolley? 🚋

It is interesting to think about how cultural differences will impact reactions to some AI decisions and could make it difficult to scale a product with localizing it. 🤔 A study by the MIT Media Lab has collects global input on variations of the classic ethical dilemma thought experiment, the trolley problem, and found interesting distinctions between cultures. This could … Read More

The Autonomous Vehicle Economy

I’ve been toying with the economic consequences of the impending autonomous vehicle revolution for a while now and this recent IKEA thought exercise got me thinking about it again. 🔁 For now, a brain dump in bullet point format. Maybe I’ll expand on/gussy up these thoughts in the future. 🤷 Drie-thrus will die and be reborn. Fast food restaurants will … Read More