All posts in "Data Science"

Principles over Populism: A Good Start for Ethics in AI

By Ayse Kok / June 20, 2018

Google’s declaration of principles for AI is a short but carefully worded text covering the main issues related to the uses of its technology. It is worth reading the document, given that it raises many about the future and the rules we will need to guide us as it evolves. The regulation of artificial intelligence is […]


A Supermind or A Global Mind?

By Ayse Kok / June 19, 2018

Intelligence refers to the ability to effectively address a wide range of goals in different environments. In a general sense, this mental capability involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience.  It is the kind of intelligence that’s long been measured in IQ tests, and that, for […]


The Clash of Automatons

By Ayse Kok / June 13, 2018

As AI (Artificial Intelligence) continues to progress and businesses across the globe benefit from its capabilities, it’s important to ensure that the technology is being harnessed for good, to create a better, fairer society. AI systems are already superior to humans in certain tasks such as image recognition, data analysis and problem-solving tasks. These advances […]


How to Not Be Creepy While Using Employee Data in Workforce Management

By Mona Sabet / June 11, 2018

Tech companies (ab)using personal data is today’s 1984. And while Facebook is at the forefront of our outrage, a growing industry in the HR Tech space is also experiencing challenges overcoming the creepiness factor of mining all our interactions at work. HR Tech Over the past years, there has been a minor explosion of startups […]


The Moral Machine

By Ayse Kok / June 10, 2018

Researchers across the globe are working extensively towards achieving an artificially intelligent system that can behave in an ethically and morally right manner. Morality, or the nature of distinguishing good from the bad, is an important human trait which researchers are now obsessively looking to infuse into machines. But, why are humans obsessing over it? […]


A Treatise of Robotics

By Ayse Kok / June 8, 2018

The question “Can and should robots have rights?” consists of two separate queries: ‘Can robots have rights?’ as a question about the capability of a particular entity. ‘Should robots have rights?’ as a question that inquiries about obligations in the face of this entity. These two questions invoke and operationalize a rather famous conceptual distinction […]


An Introduction to Hadoop for Noobs

By John DeCleene / June 8, 2018

The client-server model transformed the data industry because it helped break apart overloaded systems, however, client-server models of the 1980s wouldn’t be able to handle the processing required for big data. Along Comes Google.  As an answer to some of the biggest limitations of early client-server models, such as long processing time, frequent system overload, […]


The Geometry of the Digital Space

By Ayse Kok / June 7, 2018

Data science provides huge opportunities to improve private and public life, as well as our environment (consider the development of smart cities or the problems caused by carbon emissions). Unfortunately, such opportunities are also coupled to significant ethical challenges. The extensive use of increasingly more data — often personal, if not sensitive (big data) — and the growing reliance […]


How to Govern A.I.

By Ayse Kok / June 5, 2018

Artificial intelligence (“AI”) permeates our lives in numerous subtle and not-so-subtle ways, which presents both practical and conceptual challenges for society. Many of the practical challenges stem from the manner in which AI is researched and developed and from the basic problem of controlling the actions of autonomous machines. The conceptual challenges arise from the difficulties […]


Ethics and Robotics

By Ayse Kok / June 2, 2018

In October last year, Saudi Arabia became the first country in the world to give a robot citizenship. When taking to the stage to announce “her” new status, Sophia said she was “very honored and proud for this unique distinction…It is historic to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with citizenship.” Robots are considered […]


Should AI Be Ethical At All?

By Ayse Kok / June 1, 2018

As with any technology, AI’s potential to help or harm us depends on how it is applied and overseen. Ethical AI is garnering much interest, but it’s not always clear what this refers to. A broad range of emerging issues have been identified as requiring ethical frameworks or principles in order to steer the development […]


The Building Block of Artificial Intelligence

By Ayse Kok / May 30, 2018

Computer programs have reached a bewildering point in their long and unsteady journey toward artificial intelligence. They outperform people at tasks we once felt to be uniquely human, such as playing poker or recognizing faces in a crowd. Meanwhile, self-driving cars using similar technology run into pedestrians and posts and we wonder whether they can ever […]


How Fintech Start-ups are Changing the Landscape of Digital Lending with Artificial Intelligence

By Suraj Agarwal / May 29, 2018

Owing to the Digital Literacy campaign initiated by the Government of India, Digital Lending has been booming in India. With a majority of users on-boarding digital platforms, there has been a rise in businesses supporting digital lending. Bringing credit facilities right where the users are, fin-tech digital lending startups are flourishing in India, solving the […]


Could Blockchain Stop Skynet?

By Justin Chan / May 16, 2018

Machines are going to take over and obliterate the human race… according to some at least. But could the intersection of blockchain and AI, two of the world’s most anticipated technologies, prevent such a disaster from ever becoming reality? What’s the problem? “Eventually, I think human extinction will probably occur, and technology will likely play […]


5 Popular Technologies from the World of RegTech

By John DeCleene / April 27, 2018

It’s becoming clear these days that a sizeable chunk of the most disruptive innovations being applied within the financial sphere is coming from RegTech. As we mentioned in our previous article, demand for RegTech solutions is expected to skyrocket, as firms intensify their search for ways to effectively deal with the increasingly labyrinthine demands from […]


Will AI Replace Your Job?

By John DeCleene / April 16, 2018

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has revolutionized the technology industry by empowering machines with effective ways to replace manual tasks. Organizations of all sizes and industry verticals are pursuing automation – especially those driven by AI – to enhance workforce productivity and maximize profitability. The breakthrough technology field was formally invented in 1956 – although the background […]


How are Robo-Advisors Changing the Finance Industry?

By Justin Chan / March 27, 2018

The Terminator. Blade Runner. Transformers. The sci-fi genre is replete with the notion that robots will “take over the world”. But that’s just in the movies of course, it could never happen in real life…or could it? Well, although the chance of mechanised lumps of metal becoming our masters is slim, the investment world is […]


Big Money and Cutting Edge Technology: How Investment in AI/ML Will Revolutionize The Healthcare Industry

By John DeCleene / March 22, 2018

Among remarkable developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) over the last couple of years is an increase in startups that have attracted massive funding and backing from some of the world’s leading corporations and individual investors. Influential organizations including Google, Facebook and Intel have thrown themselves headfirst into the development of AI/ML […]

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