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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


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


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


China’s Social Submission, er…Scoring System

There is a lot of focus on the China vs. USA space race happening in AI right now (at least in my world there is, I’m very interested in the topic). Most of it revolves around spending, governmental support, talent, etc. But maybe the most important aspect is what the implications of either country winning would be, if there truly … Read More


DeepFakes Get More Realistic 😖

Remember back when I said I was terrified about deepfakes? Well, it’s not getting any better. 😟 Apparently researchers at Carnegie Mellon and Facebook’s Reality Lab decided there is nothing to worry about and the method for making them needed to be better. So they give us Recycle-GAN. ♻️ We introduce a data-driven approach for unsupervised video retargeting that translates … Read More


The Arms Race Begins 🔫

China is developing autonomous AI-powered attack submarines. So this should be fun. Here are a couple totally not terrifying things about them. 🙁 “The AI has no soul. It is perfect for this kind of job,” said Lin Yang, Chief Scientist on the project. “[An AI sub] can be instructed to take down a nuclear-powered submarine or other high-value targets. … Read More


Intelliwhat? 🤔

I haven’t really bought into the fear of superintelligent AIs, generally believing they are driven by a mix of ego and ignorance at this point. So I love this quote from a recent Scientific American post on the topic: 🖊 For all we know, human intelligence is already close to the universal maximum possible. I suspect the answers can only … Read More


Fakes Get More Real 🎥

This is why I’m terrified of DeepFakes! But also, think of the potential for visual artistic mediums like movies and TV. But also, think of the implications for politics. I find it fitting that they used a lot of political figures as examples since this could majorly disrupt the field. 🗳️ My first concern was in regards to detection, especially … Read More


Demand a Recount: DeepFake Edition 🗳

I’m not the only person worried about the potential impact of Deepfakes on politics (not that I claimed to be or thought I was). Apparently there is a Twitter wager about when a DeepFake political video will hit 2 million views before getting debunked. 🐦 I had mostly been thinking about the potential of these tools to be used like … Read More