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The new analytics translator: From big data to big ideas

April 20, 2018 – Three of the top five “most promising” jobs in the United States this year are high-tech data positions. But not every role on an …

Big Data

If Your Data Is Bad, Your Machine Learning Tools Are Useless

Poor data quality is enemy number one to the widespread, profitable use of machine learning. While the caustic observation, “garbage-in, garbage-out” has plagued analytics and decision-making for generations, it carries a special warning for machine learning. The quality demands of machine learning …

Machine Learning

The big conversations on AI and design at SXSW 2018 | Digital McKinsey

March 16, 2018 – <i>by Jason Napolitano</i><p>As thousands descended upon South by Southwest (SXSW) this year to catch a glimpse of the interactive industry’s …

Artificial Intelligence

These Are America's Best Jobs in 2018 (Is Yours on the List?)

According to job site Indeed.com, two factors determine the best jobs: salary and abundance of opportunity. These jobs combine both factors big time.<p>There are lots of surveys each year professing to identify which careers offer the best opportunities, and which ones pay the most money. Job site …

Employment

Microsoft, the ID2020 Alliance, universal digital identification and you

Last year Microsoft joined ID2020, a global Alliance whose goal is to create universal digital identities for everyone. What are the social, economic …

Digital identity app Yoti launches in India: to make ID verification simpler, safer

Hack:<p>Yoti, a digital identity app, was launched in India, to make ID verification simpler, safer<br>• Yoti was founded in 2014 by serial entrepreneur Robin …

Bill Gates Thinks Cryptocurrency Is Killing People

“In a fairly direct way.”<p>After Coinbase announced it would comply with tax requests, the bad news for cryptocurrency users has continued. The latest indictment comes from Bill Gates, who warned against the rise of cryptocurrency in a recent Reddit ask me anything. In his response to a question, …

What it's like to have the best job in America right now

Data Science

What are we teaching the robots?

Hearing ‘VR, AR, AI, Bitcoin’ in one sentence is like hearing ‘5GB, 512KB and Pentium’ in the late ’90s. It fires up your inner geek. But to the …

Don’t Make AI Artificially Stupid in the Name of Transparency

Artificial intelligence systems are going to crash some of our cars, and sometimes they're going to recommend longer sentences for black Americans …

Test Your Web Typography Knowledge In This Tricky Little Quiz

Screenshot via Better Web Type<p><b>How intuitive</b> are your design senses when it comes to fixing typography? Do your eyes twitch when they skim past slight …

Typography

The NSA’s voice-recognition system raises hard questions for Echo and Google Home

Are Amazon and Google doing enough to keep spies out?<p>Suppose you’re looking for a single person, somewhere in the world. (We’ll call him Waldo.) You know who he is, nearly everything about him, but you don’t know where he’s hiding. How do you find him?<p>The scale is just too great for anything but a …

Surveillance

Social Media and Online Identity - A Teen Perspective

Social Media and Online Identity – A Teen Perspective<p><b>Article by Roisin Kiberd. Roisin is a freelance writer based in Dublin and former Safer Internet</b> …

Social Media

Digital Identities & Digital Citizenship: Houston, We Have a Problem

A couple of weeks back, I gave the closing keynote in Keene State College’s Open Education spring speaker series.It was a rumination on Open as a set …

Humanities

WTF is digital identity?

Moving shopping and banking online means our transactions are more than making money: They’re about getting data.<p>“People are extremely aware of how …

Advertising Industry

Why ‘every person on the planet’ will need a digital ID

Living in the United States, in a land of (generally) functional government services, we take an awful lot for granted. We expect to be able to board a plane, provide a copy of a driver’s license or employee ID to get into a building, and pay with a credit card. All day, every day, we expect people …

NIST Has Spoken: Death to Complexity, Long Live the Passphrase!

NIST has spoken, and we could not be more excited.1 For years, the security community has inflicted one of the most painful behaviors to date — the …

How Machine Learning Truly Applies To Digital Identity: Defining The Problem

With the onset of digital advertising, one of the early promises was to reach specific individuals or small groups of individuals, as opposed to a large audience of a broadcast TV or radio show. To fulfill this promise, advertising and marketing technology companies, publishers and brands have been …

Machine Learning

New AI System Predicts How Long Patients Will Live With Startling Accuracy

By using an artificially intelligent algorithm to predict patient mortality, a research team from Stanford University is hoping to improve the timing …

Do algorithms reveal sexual orientation or just expose our stereotypes?

by Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Alexander Todorov and Margaret Mitchell<p>A study claiming that artificial intelligence can infer sexual orientation from …

Artificial Intelligence

Seeking consent before sex? There's a blockchain-based app for that

So you’ve enjoyed a lovely date; you’re sharing a cab home; things are going great. You suggest a nightcap and your companion agrees. There’s magic in the air, the sexual tension is at boiling point, and you’re both all set to do the deed. What better way to kill the vibe than to whip out an app on …

Apps

How do we tell how much snow fell in a storm?

No, you don’t just stick a ruler in the snow<p>The monster “bomb cyclone” that hammered the US East Coast this week made it snow in places that are rarely coated in white: Savannah, Georgia got some 1.2 inches of snow, making records; while Charleston, South Carolina got 5.3 inches on January 3rd, the …

Weather

DeepMind's Mustafa Suleyman: In 2018, AI will gain a moral compass

Humanity faces a wide range of challenges that are characterised by extreme complexity, from climate change to feeding and providing healthcare for …

Artificial Intelligence

2018 Predictions and Resolutions: The Year of Face ID

2013 saw the introduction of TouchID, but as popular and highly reviewed as it was, it was the next year when the technology truly arrived and came into its own. It showed up on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad Air 2, and the iPad Mini 3 in the Fall of that year, and it was improved across the …

Face ID

This Cat Sensed Death. What if Computers Could, Too?

Of the many small humiliations heaped on a young oncologist in his final year of fellowship, perhaps this one carried the oddest bite: A 2-year-old black-and-white cat named Oscar was apparently better than most doctors at predicting when a terminally ill patient was about to die. The story …

Medicine

OKCupid will make people use real names on their dating profiles

Dating site OKCupid is trading its user pseudonyms for a real-name policy. The company explained its decision in a blog post today, saying that OKCupid handles are “a pain to come up with and a pain to remember.” The change starts with a test group, then rolls out to everyone by the end of 2017. …

Internet

A Visual Guide To Statistics

A Brown University student creates math lessons for the more visually inclined among us.<p>Statisticians are one of the fastest growing jobs in the country–and for good reason. “As data becomes more and more a part of people’s lives, statistics is becoming more a part of people’s lives,” says Daniel …

Data Visualization

A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Convolutional Neural Networks

<i>Convolutional neural networks</i>... sounds like a weird combination of biology and math with a little CS sprinkled in. But these networks have been some …

Data science simplified: A breakdown of its key principles and processes

In 2006, UK mathematician and Tesco Clubcard architect Clive Humbly coined the phrase “Data is the new oil.” He said the following:<p>“Data is the new …

7 great infographics by graphic design agencies

At Creative Bloq, we get sent a lot of infographics by PRs in the hope that our coverage will help them go viral. There’s nothing wrong with that, …

Graphic Design