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

US Government Opens the Kimono πŸ”“

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. πŸ“œ Find more datasets here. Src: E Pluribus Unum


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? πŸ€” 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. πŸ’° 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. πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’² Exhibit A: β€œWe’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


They’re Making a List, And Checking it Lots πŸ“‡

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. πŸ”¨ It can’t be that bad, right? 🀷 β€œWhat we saw in China changed everything,” said the member of the Venezuelan delegation, technical advisor Anthony Daquin. His initial amazement, he said, … Read More


AI Could Create A Defense Dark Horse 🐎

A lot of focus is placed on the US-China AI space race (guilty), but the nature of AI could make for a surprise victor. Or at least a leveling of the playing field. 🚜 There is a risk that the United States, like many leading powers in the past, could take an excessively cautious approach to the adoption of AI … Read More


Lazy Faire πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡³

At the US government’s current rate of uninvolvement in the AI sector, China will overtake it in its quest for AI overlord status by the end of the year. At least when it comes to spending, the rest might not be far behind though. πŸ’° One of the recommendations from a subcommittee is to expedite the approval of the OPEN … Read More


Artificially Wartelligent πŸ’£

Surprising no one, the Pentagon wants more of that AI goodness in its weaponry. They want it about $2 billion worth of bad. πŸ’° But, having AI be able to explain its decision making appear to be vitally important, which is nice to see. It sounds like plenty of people are uneasy with the idea of robots doing what they … 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


The Tangled Web We Weave 🌐

AI and nationalism are strange bedfellows. On the one hand, most research at this point has been collaborative and open. Indeed, a lot of advances are open source and practically everything gets a paper written explaining the process. On the other hand, the implications for military use and national advancement are very real. πŸ› The US and China are the … Read More


DARPA Gets Chipy πŸ›‘οΈ

Looks like tech companies aren’t the only ones getting in on the chip game. DARPA is adding its muscle to the sector in an effort to make sure hardware development and innovation doesn’t get overlooked or minimized. πŸ’ͺ What are they focusing on? πŸ€” Using ML to automate and expedite development time, and having the tools accessible to n00bs. 🏭 … Read More