The path to explainable AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) shifts the computing paradigm from rule-based programming to an outcome-based approach. It allows processes to operate at scale, reducing the number of human processing errors, and inventing new ways of solving problems. AlphaGo inspired Go players to try new strategies after experts…

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Specialized chips are threatening to take over cryptocurrencies

If cryptocurrencies’ greatest common asset is their decentralized nature—the inability of any one person, corporation, or united group to control a coin’s future—then there’s no existential threat quite like the rise of crypto-mining ASICs. Application-specific integrated circuits are chips specially designed to perform the kinds…

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The societal impact of AI

In « Merging with the machine, » I highlighted how the exponential acceleration of technology, combined with a focus on augmenting humanity with technology is driving a future where we begin to merge with the machine. In fact, as I pointed out, we are already augmented, by…

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How predictive analytics is transforming data into insights

What is predictive analytics? Predictive analytics is a category of data analytics aimed at making predictions about future outcomes based on historical data and analytics techniques such as statistical modeling and machine learning. The science of predictive analytics can generate future insights with a significant…

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The ethical challenges of AI

Machine learning algorithms are everywhere.  It is not just Facebook and Google.  Companies are using them to provide personalized education services and advanced business intelligence services, to fight cancer and to detect counterfeit goods. From farming to pharmaceuticals.  From AI-controlled autonomous vehicles to clinical decision…

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