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William Vorhies's Blog Posts Tagged 'artificial' (39)

Do You Need an AI Product Manager

Summary:  What is an AI Product Manager and how do you know when you need one.

 

The role of Product Manager (PM) can mean many things dependent on the specifics of the company, its markets, its channels, and the variety of its products.  It’s almost impossible to put a single label on the responsibilities of a…

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Added by William Vorhies on May 25, 2020 at 10:23am — No Comments

KISS – Complex DNN Techniques are Not the Improvements They’re Reported to Be

Summary:  In a comprehensive study of 18 recently presented DNN advancements in top-N recommenders, only 7 presented sufficient data to allow reproduction.  Worse, of the 7 that could be reproduced none showed an actual improvement over simple linear and KNN techniques when those were properly optimized.

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Added by William Vorhies on May 19, 2020 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Will DNNs Ever Really be Explainable?

Summary: As we have become ever more enamored with DNNs, and their accuracy and utility has been paced only by their complexity we will need to answer the question of whether we will ever really be able to explain what goes on inside.

 

As we have become ever more enamored with DNNs, and their accuracy and…

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Added by William Vorhies on May 11, 2020 at 2:41pm — No Comments

For Better or Worse Analytics and Data Science are Converging

Summary:  Analytic Platforms are rapidly being augmented with features previously reserved for data scientists.  They are presented as easy to use but require substantial data literacy and advanced DS skills for the most complex.  Business users and analysts can pursue more complex problems on their own, but need good oversight.

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Added by William Vorhies on May 4, 2020 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Time for a Chatbot Tune-Up

Summary:  Now that you have a little time for introspection, how about reviewing the performance of your chatbots.

 

Chances are this lock down period has given you a little more time for introspection and observation than you had before.  Let me suggest that this would be a good time to take a look at how your…

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Added by William Vorhies on April 28, 2020 at 11:12am — No Comments

How COVID-19 is Likely to Change Your AI Strategy

Summary:  COVID-19 and the changes it creates in the business environment for the next 12 to 24 months means our current AI strategies need to thoroughly reviewed and probably retargeted.

 

Whether you are a Zoom-connected CXX level living out your WFH isolation or one the ‘fortunates’ in essential industries…

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Added by William Vorhies on April 21, 2020 at 10:53am — No Comments

Model Transparency and the Complication of Model-Based vs Model-Free Learning

Summary:  High stakes models like those that allocate scarce resources to competing hospitals are headline news.  New thinking contrasting model-based versus model-free learning are emerging to describe new conditions we must consider before building or evaluating those models.

 

At this point we’re all…

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Added by William Vorhies on April 13, 2020 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Predictability of Life Outcomes - Guess We Can’t Predict Everything

Summary: Whether trying to predict the life outcomes of disadvantaged kids or to model where ventilators will be most needed, a little humility is in order.  As this study shows, the best data and the broadest teams failed at critical predictions.  Getting the model wrong, or more importantly using it in the wrong way can hurt all of us.

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Added by William Vorhies on April 6, 2020 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Binge Watching “The History of Artificial Intelligence”

Summary:  An interesting documentary about the earliest days of AI/ML and my alternate take on how we should really be describing the development of our profession to the newly initiated.

 

What could be more natural in these days of the Corona Virus than binge watching great videos.  I was intrigued by a…

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Added by William Vorhies on March 30, 2020 at 2:52pm — 1 Comment

Building a COVID-19 Vulnerability Index

Summary: Since COVID-19 is occupying most of our thoughts these days, it seems appropriate to highlight where AI/ML is making a contribution to getting us out of our homes and back to work. 

 

Since COVID-19 is occupying most of our thoughts these days, it seems appropriate to highlight where AI/ML is making a…

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Added by William Vorhies on March 24, 2020 at 8:40am — 2 Comments

Making Sense of the Hype Cycle for Artificial Intelligence

Summary:  If you’re planning your AI/ML business strategy watch out for the confusion in categories and overly risky ratings given by some research and review sources.  Read the research, then consult with your own data scientists for a better evaluation of risk. It’s likely not as bad as you think. 

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Added by William Vorhies on March 2, 2020 at 12:42pm — No Comments

An Argument in Favor of Centaur AI

Summary:  Centaur AI is the best marriage of the machine’s ability to remember, analyze, and detect issues along with the human’s intuition to evaluate or take action on those results.  Instead of focusing on AI replacing humans, we should focus on AI in its role of augmenting humans.

 

In this angsty age where…

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Added by William Vorhies on February 11, 2020 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Just How Much Do You Trust Your AI?

Summary:  Just how much should you trust your AI systems?  Best practice points to constant review, strong governance, and the willingness to override results that seem illogical.

 

Just how much do you trust your AI?  This is not intended to be the skeptical consumer view about bias or black box outcomes. …

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Added by William Vorhies on January 20, 2020 at 8:26am — No Comments

Just How Much Does the Future Depend on AI?

Summary:  Looking at the 12 hottest world-changing segments in the VC-funded world shows that AI will play a key role.  Here’s a little more detail.

 

From the inside of the data science profession looking out it’s easy to imagine that almost everything that is or will be important somehow depends on AI.  Maybe…

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Added by William Vorhies on January 13, 2020 at 11:20am — 1 Comment

No Matter What You Call It, It’s all the Same Thing

Summary:  A little history lesson about all the different names by which the field of data science has been called, and why, whatever you call it, it’s all the same thing.

 

A little reminiscence, or for those of you who are only recently data scientists, a little history lesson. 

Our profession of…

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Added by William Vorhies on December 4, 2019 at 3:12pm — No Comments

The Logjam in AI/ML Platforms is About to Complicate Your Life

Summary:  Too many solutions.  We are at an inflection point where too many vendors are offering too many solutions for moving our AI/ML models to production.  The very real risk is duplication of effort, fragmentation of our data science resources, and incurring unintended new technical debt as we bind ourselves to platforms that have hidden assumptions or limitations in how that approach problems.

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Added by William Vorhies on November 25, 2019 at 9:44am — No Comments

The Next Big Thing in AI/ML is…

Summary:  AI/ML itself is the next big thing for many fields if you’re on the outside looking in.  But if you’re a data scientist it’s possible to see those advancements that will propel AI/ML to its next phase of utility.

 

“The Next Big Thing in AI/ML is…” as the lead to an article is probably the most…

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Added by William Vorhies on October 21, 2019 at 9:18am — 1 Comment

Privacy and AI - How Much Should We Really Care

Summary:  More data means better models but we may be crossing over a line into what the public can tolerate, both in the types of data collected and our use of it.  The public seems divided.  Targeted advertising is good but the increased invasion of privacy is bad.

 

Headlines are full of alarm.  The public is up in arms.  The internet is stealing their privacy.  Indeed, the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford rates this as the most…

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Added by William Vorhies on July 8, 2019 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Big Ideas in AI for the Next 10 Years

Summary:  Despite our concerns about China taking the lead in AI, our own government efforts mostly through DARPA continue powerful leadership and funding to maintain our lead.  Here’s their plan to maintain that lead over the next decade. 

Think all those great ideas that have powered AI/ML for the…

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Added by William Vorhies on June 10, 2019 at 8:28am — No Comments

Should You Be Recommending Deep Learning Solutions in Your Company?

Summary:  If you are guiding your company’s digital journey, to what extent should you be advising them to adopt deep learning AI methods versus traditional and mature machine learning techniques.

 

By now everyone is at least familiar with using AI/ML as a required cornerstone of company strategy.  Frequently…

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Added by William Vorhies on May 20, 2019 at 8:33am — 1 Comment

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