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

The Bot Economy πŸ’΅

A recent issue of the Inside AI newsletter included the prediction that eventually we will sell things to AIs. The inflection point is said to be when population growth levels off and capitalism foresees its downfall and doom. πŸ“‰ First, I think modern capitalism’s growth requirement is a bug, not a feature. Focusing on growth and appeasing shareholders can lead … Read More

Centaur Q+A 🚲

I really like how this Steve Job quote illustrates the centaur concept. βž• Steve Jobs once called the computer a bicycle for the mind. Note the metaphor of a bicycle, instead of a something like a car β€” a bicycle lets you go faster than the human body ever can, and yet, unlike the car, the bicycle is human-powered. (Also, … Read More

Smart Toasters 🍞

First off, I love Janelle’s blog AI Weirdness. Do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s hilarious. πŸ˜‚ Second, I agree with her belief that the future of AI is a bunch of specialized systems, not mechanical humans. Or, toasters not C3PO. πŸ‘Ύ We don’t (currently) have any models that generalize well. To my knowledge, no one is close … Read More

Ageless Voice πŸ“£

One of the reasons I’m really excited by voice tech is because I think it’s one of the most accessible forms of computing we’ve had in a long time, maybe ever. πŸ¦• Now a study has been done that backs up my hunch. The newest edition of the Digital Future Report found that: 60%+ of Americans under 16 use digital … Read More

The 5 Stages of Chatbots πŸ“Ά

I’m bullish on AI assistants so I enjoyed this roadmap of their development. We are currently in stage 2 with some companies successfully entering stage 3 in well defined cases. πŸ”œ Notification Assistants a.k.a. the wave of dumb chatbots that sent you notifications you could have gotten from an app πŸ“― FAQ Assistants – you are here πŸ“Alexa, Hey Google, … Read More

(Compute) Size Doesn’t Matter πŸ“ was recently part of a team that set some new speed benchmarks on the ImageNet image recognition data set. Why is this noteworthy? Because they did it on an AWS instance that cost $40 total. πŸ… We entered this competition because we wanted to show that you don’t have to have huge resources to be at the cutting edge … Read More

Saving the Fish 🐠

ATLAN Space is doing some awesome work in the conservation space. They’re rolling out a pilot project in the Seychelles using AI-powered drones. πŸ›Έ The drones will: Determine what type of vessel a boat is Determine whether the boat is in a protected marine area Determine if it is an authorized fishing vessel If the vessel hits the illegal jackpot … Read More

Chips Are Special Again πŸ€—

Remember the last time you agonized over choosing which CPU to get in your new computer? Yeah, I thought so. Maybe you put some thought about which number came after the “i”, but that was about it. We haven’t had to think a lot about computing chips lately, but that’s changing. πŸ”€ Deep learning and crypto has caused a chip … Read More

With Great Computing Power Comes Great Responsibility? 🚨

Maybe that open letter decrying autonomous weapons wasn’t the best choice? πŸ€” Relax, nothing crazy happened. Paul Scharre just brought up some really good points in this interview with the MIT Tech Review. And they boil down to the best way to impact the smart weapons sector is to help educate and steer policy, not stay away from it. πŸ”– … Read More

AI 4 Elephants 🐘

The Elephant Listening Project is now using AI to analyze their trove of audio to recognize forest elephants. This allows conservationists to better estimate population numbers and track the animals through unique voice signatures. πŸ‘‚ The ELP is also using AI to pick out illegal poaching noises in the audio, like gunshots, so they can alert authorities. And apparently they’re … Read More