Information is garbage

I’ve been reading a lot of Neil Postman lately. It’s been one of those years and I’m writing a book about fake news. Postman, the nicest guy in cultural criticism, was a folksy, frie

How Facebook plans to evaluate its quest for generalized artificial intelligence

One of the biggest misconceptions about artificial intelligence is the belief that today’s AIs possess generalized intelligence. We are really good at leveraging large data sets to accomplish

With a $1.5M seed round, Eloquent Labs mixes AI and Mechanical Turk to fix customer service

Keenon Werling would be the first to agree that conversational AI is regularly overhyped. So instead of taking the traditional approach and gloating about a glitzy new deeper learning algorithm to pit

Apple leaps into AI research with improved simulated + unsupervised learning

Corporate machine learning research may be getting a new vanguard in Apple . Six researchers from the company’s recently formed machine learning group published a paper that describes a novel 

Semantic Machines hopes to best Google in the conversational AI game

I believe it was Sartre who wisely said hell is conversational AI. Despite the best intentions of engineers, today’s machine learning really is the savior and handicap of personal assistants.

Our robotic overlords have written us a Christmas Carol!

As we roll toward the end of humanity and the moment of robot takeover, it’s important to start learning the songs and customs of our inhumane artificial overlords. Researchers at the University

OpenAI’s Universe is the fun parent every artificial intelligence deserves

Every parent’s worst nightmare is a student spending more time playing video games and surfing the web than studying for school. But the team over at OpenAI believes that a “fun parent&#8

Facebook’s advice to students interested in artificial intelligence

Math. Math. Oh and perhaps some more math. That’s the gist of the advice to students interested in AI from Facebook’s Yann LeCun and Joaquin Quiñonero Candela

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Sean Parker is partnering with the Cancer Research Institute to find a cancer vaccine

Cancerous tumors carry certain markers called neoantigens and Facebook billionaire Sean Parker wants to use algorithms to find them. To do so, the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy will work

The cameras are coming

This is the case with Snap’s new Spectacles. Buried deep in the excess of the plastic and PR lies a camera system that tells us a lot about the future of commerce, security and communication. Wi

Shining light on Facebook’s AI strategy

In a speech today at Web Summit, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer laid out a vision for the role artificial intelligence and machine learning will play in the company’s ambitions to improve global

Algorithmia Raises $2.4M To Connect Academia And App Developers

While communities built around GitHub and Stack Overflow have developers working together more than they ever have before, one group's work is typically seen by too few, considering the impact it coul

Facebook group accused of "cheating" at Ryerson Univeristy; we call BS

[photopress:we_can_has_facebook_group.jpg,full,center] It’s Saturday, and I’m trying hard to wrap my head around this story about a Ryerson University student who’s facing academic m

An academic manifesto for Web 2.0?

In recent years, the School of Informatics at the University of Bradford has produced graduates that have gone on to staff the likes of AOL and Freeserve (now Orange’s broadband division). Indee