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Uber releases Ludwig, an open source AI ‘toolbox’ built on top of TensorFlow • The ride-hailing giant today debuted Ludwig, an open source “toolbox” built on top of Google’s TensorFlow framework that allows users to train and test AI models without having to write code.

AI 100: The Artificial Intelligence Startups Redefining IndustriesCB Insights’ third annual cohort of AI 100 startups is a list of 100 of the most promising private companies providing hardware and data infrastructure for AI applications, optimizing machine learning workflows, and applying AI across a variety of major industries.

How It Feels to Learn Data Science in 2019 • Do not take this article too seriously. This is satire so do not treat it as actual advice. Like all advice, some of it is good and some of it is terrible. This piece is just an opinion, much like people’s definition of data science.

Bullshit, Hype, and a Little Magic: How to Make Sense of It All When Buying A.I. Products • Rob May, knows what to look for when it comes to A.I. But many products on the market are being labeled as A.I. just to sound sexy. In this eBook, May explains how to sort through the BS, identify the over-hyped solutions, and critically evaluate what is most important when buying an A.I. product for your business.


Yet another plan to save the media with technology

“Jim McKelvey is the co-founder of the payments and processing giant Square. He’s got a startup called Invisibly that’s part micro-payments where you pay for individual articles and part ad tech where you, the reader, can earn free articles by trading more data. Choose to pay for no ads at all or strike a balance somewhere in the middle.”

Ethics of AI

Rachel Thomas: I’m an AI researcher, and here’s what scares me about AI

“In particular, these 5 things scare me about AI:

  1. Algorithms are often implemented without ways to address mistakes.
  2. AI makes it easier to not feel responsible.
  3. AI encodes & magnifies bias.
  4. Optimizing metrics above all else leads to negative outcomes.
  5. There is no accountability for big tech companies.”

Fresh Streaming

Interesting take from Streaming Observer:

“In fact, when you look at it in terms of what percent of each movie library is made up of Certified Fresh, not only does Netflix completely dominate, but Amazon Prime falls in dead last.

  • Netflix – 3,839 movies total, 596 of which are Certified Fresh (15.5%)
  • Hulu: 2,336 movies total, 223 of which are Certified Fresh (9.6%)
  • HBO Now: 815 movies total, 38 of which are Certified Fresh (4.7%)
  • Amazon Prime – 17,461 movies total, 232 of which are Certified Fresh (1.3%)”

The State of AI 2019

The Verge: “While the phrase “artificial intelligence” is unquestionably, undoubtedly misused, the technology is doing more than ever — for both good and bad. It’s being deployed in health care and warfare; it’s helping people make music and books; it’s scrutinizing your resume, judging your creditworthiness, and tweaking the photos you take on your phone. In short, it’s making decisions that affect your life whether you like it or not.”

Additional Reference & Resource: The Real World AI Issue

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