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William Vorhies's Blog Posts Tagged 'AI' (72)

AI Saves the Elephants, Sharks, Frogs, Sea Birds and Everything Else

Summary:  As deep learning expands those capabilities are finding their way into the not-for-profit community in the service of conserving the earth’s wildlife and forests.


The for-profit world may be driving AI but it’s a solution to many problems in the not-for-profit world as well.  We were particularly impressed by the use of…


Added by William Vorhies on January 3, 2017 at 10:11am — No Comments

Advanced AI Takes Over the K-12 Classroom for STEM Instruction

Summary:  A great story about an AI-powered massive on-line open learning platform focused on STEM education.  The platform and its content is to be available across many languages to serve students anywhere in preparing for a better life in STEM careers. 


If you’re from the US you’re probably feeling some angst as our K-12 students seem…


Added by William Vorhies on December 27, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Warning! Get Ready for Regulations that Restrict Your Analytics

Summary:  AI and predictive analytics are now so prevalent in our day-to-day lives that it has raised the attention of the government, particularly about how certain groups might be adversely impacted.  As data scientists we naturally want to have free reign to let the data speak as best it can, but as this report from the White House shows, we need to be prepared for some push back.


The last 10 years have been glorious days for data science and…


Added by William Vorhies on December 5, 2016 at 4:08pm — 8 Comments

Has AI Gone Too Far? - Automated Inference of Criminality Using Face Images

Summary:  This new study claims to be able to identify criminals based on their facial characteristics.  Even if the data science is good has AI pushed too far into areas of societal taboos?  This isn’t the first time data science has been restricted in favor of social goals, but this study may be a trip wire that starts a long and difficult discussion about the role of AI.


Has AI gone too far? This might seem like a nonsensical question to data…


Added by William Vorhies on November 29, 2016 at 10:28am — No Comments

30 Fun Ideas for Starting New AI Businesses and Services with Watson

Summary:  Watson is a remarkably flexible and complete AI development platform.  To understand how you might build new services for your current employer or imagine your own Watson-based startup, look at these 30 companies that are leading the way.



In our recent reviews of…


Added by William Vorhies on November 21, 2016 at 10:22am — No Comments

What Can Modern Watson Do?

Summary:  IBM’s Watson as it exists today is as close as we’ve come to a single integrated platform for AI.  It contains all the capabilities for image and video, natural language speech and text input and output, and the most comprehensive knowledge recovery module yet combined together.  If you want to exploit the advances we’ve made in AI you need to understand where Watson is today and where it’s heading.


Recently we wrote about how the…


Added by William Vorhies on November 15, 2016 at 8:47am — No Comments

What Exactly is Watson?

Summary:  Next time you bring up Artificial Intelligence and your non-data scientist friends all say “Watson” here’s some perspective you can offer.  Their understanding of AI and Watson is very likely to be inaccurate.  Here’s what you need to know to set them straight.


When conversation with my non-data scientist friends turns to AI it’s almost inevitable that at least one will remark on the wonders of Watson.  To many of the uninformed, Watson is…


Added by William Vorhies on November 8, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Finding Career Opportunities in AI

Summary:  Are there large, sustainable career opportunities in AI and if so where?  Do they lie in the current technologies of Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning or should you focus your career on the next wave of AI?


If you’re a data scientist thinking about expanding your career options into AI you’ve got a forest and…


Added by William Vorhies on September 20, 2016 at 7:33am — No Comments

The Oldest AI

Summary:  What are the earliest seeds of artificial intelligence?  To whom do we owe thanks for starting us down this path?  Many modern researchers to be sure, but the earliest is Leonardo Torres of Spain, in about 1914.


As data scientists it’s very cool to be at the forefront in this age of techno-optimism.  Since the awakening of the digital age calculated by economic researchers to have begun about 1994, a wave of increased productivity has…


Added by William Vorhies on September 6, 2016 at 7:06am — No Comments

AI vs Deep Learning vs Machine Learning

Summary:  Which of these terms means the same thing:  AI, Deep Learning, Machine Learning?  Are you sure?  While there’s overlap none of these is a complete subset of the others and none completely explains the others.


Take this quiz.

Which of the following are substantially the same things?


B. Deep Learning

C.  Machine Learning

(Select your answer)

1.  A and B

2.  B and C

3.  A and…


Added by William Vorhies on August 16, 2016 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Artificial General Intelligence – The Holy Grail of AI

Summary: Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is the long sought after ‘brain’ that brings together all the branches of AI into a general purpose platform that can perform with human level intelligence in a broad variety of tasks.  Will it free us or replace us?  It’s closer than you think.

Can you see the forest for the trees?  That’s…


Added by William Vorhies on February 23, 2016 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Is 2016 the Year of AI?

Summary:  Can AI take its victory lap in 2016? …


Added by William Vorhies on January 6, 2016 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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